Oregon 2nd in softball; Beavers split softball opening games


The Pac-12 coaches have picked Oregon State to defend its conference title.

The Beavers got nine of 10 possible first-place votes, and Oregon got the one top nod to place second in the preseason poll.

UCLA received the other first-place vote and is third, with Arizona State and Arizona rounding out the top five.

The Beavers are coming off a 52-12 season in which they tied for third place at the College World Series.

Oregon has been the Pac-12 runner-up the past two seasons.

UCLA won the CWS for the first time in 2013.

Here are the results of the coaches' poll:

1. Oregon State (9), 98

2. Oregon (1), 86

3. UCLA (1), 84

4. Arizona State, 73

5. Arizona, 61

6. Stanford, 60

7. California, 38

8. Washington State, 35

9. USC, 33

10. Washington, 22

11. Utah, 14


    Oregon is picked for third in the Pac-12.

    Arizona State and Washington are tied for first. The Sun Devils got five first-place votes, while the Huskies received four.

    Here are the results of the coaches' poll:

    T1. ASU (5), 60

    T1, Washington (4), 60

    3. Oregon, 48

    4. UCLA, 42

    5. Stanford, 38

    6. Arizona, 28

    7. California, 18

    T8. Oregon State, 15

    T8. Utah, 15

  • Beavers split on opening day

    Oregon State kicked off its softball season Thursday with a 6-2 win over North Carolina State, then lost 6-3 to San Diego State in games at the Kajikawa Classic at Tempe, Ariz.

    Junior catcher Dani Gilmore led the Beavers by going 5 for 8 for the day, with a home run, two RBIs and three runs.

    Freshman Alieyah Armendariz tossed a complete game in the opener, striking out five, as NC State stranded 13 runners.

  • Pioneers win opener
  • Lewis & Clark got off to a 1-0 start Thursday, beating Pomona-Pitzer 7-1 at Claremont, Calif.

    L&C, leading 2-1, broke the game open in the seventh inning, scoring five runs.

    The Pios finished with 11 hits, and junior Madison Hollenbeck went the distance for the victory.

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