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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Bliss homers, but Vikings drop 2

Ducks sweep in Las Vegas tourney; Beavers lose big; Concordia splits to open season


SOFTBALL

FRIDAY SUMMARY

• Portland State opened 0-2 at the Easton Desert Classic hosted by UNLV. The Vikings fell to 5-4 to BYU and 6-2 to Nevada.

• Oregon improved to 6-1 with victories against Toldeo, 11-2 in five innings, and UNLV, 3-1 in 10 innings, at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

• Oregon State lost twice to fall to 3-5. The Beavers were outscored 17-1 in six-inning losses to Tulsa and Texas A&M at the Texas A&M Invite.

• Concordia's season, delayed by snow, began with

a split in the Northwest Cup at Hood View Park. The host Cavaliers beat British Columbia 5-3 in the morning, then lost to Simpson 7-5.

BYU 5, Portland State 4by: COURTESY OF SCOTT LARSON - BECCA BLISS

Senior center fielder Becca Bliss hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to give the Vikings a 4-3 lead, but the Cougars scored twice in the seventh to squeeze out a win.

Freshman second baseman Shae Nelson extended her hitting streak to five games for the Viks.

Sophomore Karyn Wright, who allowed two earned runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, took the loss.

Nevada 6, Portland State 2

PSU (2-5) scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to pull into a 2-2 tie, but Nevada took the lead for good 3-2 in the fifth and added three runs in the sixth.

Starter Raya Johnson, a junior, suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs and four hits and five walks over four innings.

PSU plays Saturday in the tourney against Hawaii and Seattle at 3:45 p.m. PT and 6 p.m. PT, respectively.

Oregon 11, Toledo 2 (5 innings)

Sophomore DH Janelle Lindvall and sophomore catcher Alexa Peterson combined for four hits, five RBIs and three runs, and junior Karissa Hovinga struck out three in three scoreless innings for her first win of the year.

Oregon 3, UNLV 1 (10 innings)

Sophomore Cheridan Hawkins, from Anderson, Calif., struck out a school-record 18 batters as UO (6-1) won its first game of the tourney at Las Vegas, Nev.

She gave up three hits and one earned run.

The old mark of 17 belonged to her, as well. It came in a 4-0 shutout of Seattle last year.

The Ducks will play twice on Saturday, taking on Tennessee-Chattanooga at 11:15 a.m. PT and Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. PT.

Tulsa 9, Oregon State 1

Tulsa (6-1) outhit the Beavers 11-2. OSU scored in the top of the first inning, then gave up five runs in the bottom of the frame. Beavers starter Alleyah Armendariz fell to 2-1, giving up five earned runs in five innings.

Texas A&M 8, Oregon State 0

The host Aggies improved to 7-0, outhitting OSU 10-5. A five-run fourth gave Texas A&M a 7-0 lead.

Oregon State returns to action Saturday against

the same two teams, facing Tulsa at 8 a.m. PT and Texas A&M at 3:15 p.m.

Concordia 5, British Columbia 3

The host Cavaliers rallied from a three-run deficit, with senior Rielly Byrd hitting her first career home run in a four-run fifth inning.

Simpson 7, Concordia 5

The Cavs appeared to have a Friday sweep in hand, but Simpson scored six runs in the ninth inning and won with a walk-off grand slam at Hood View Park.

CU starter Tori Muir allowed one hit in four innings.

The Cavaliers have two games on tap Saturday. They will go against Willamette at 9 a.m. and Pacific Lutheran at 3 p.m.