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Rainiers' 5th-inning burst dooms Buzz

TACOMA, Wash. - The Tacoma Rainiers erupted for five runs on five hits in the fifth inning to defeat the Salt Lake Buzz 5-1 in a Pacific Coast League game Wednesday night.

The Buzz broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth on doubles by Mike Durant and Rich Becker.

Tacoma went to work in the bottom of the inning. Alex Rodriguez and Greg Litton opened with singles and Arquimedez Pozo doubled to score Rodriguez and tie the game.

Tacoma added four runs on a groundout by Darrell Sherman, a triple by Gary Thurman, a sacrifice fly by J.D. Noland and a solo home run by Mark Newfield.

Right-hander George Glinatsis (1-0) pitched the first five innings for Tacoma to earn the win. Otis Green and Tony Phillips each pitched two hitless innings to preserve the victory.

Right-hander Dan Naulty (0-3) was the victim of the Tacoma fifth-inning uprising, giving up four of the runs.

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BYU, Utah still alive in WAC tennis wars

ALBUQUERQUE - Hawaii didn't lose a set and beat Colorado State 7-0 in the pigtail round of the Western Athletic Conference tennis championships.

The win on Wednesday advanced the eighth-seeded Rainbows to play top-seeded New Mexico in today's quarterfinals. Other quarterfinal matches will pit No. 4 Texas-El Paso against No. 5 Brigham Young, No. 6 San Diego State against third-seeded Utah and No. 2 Fresno St. against No. 7 Air Force.

The tournament continues with semifinals Friday and finals Saturday at the Lobo Tennis Club.