Pilots clinch their first WCC men's tennis title
Portland 4, Pepperdine 3
At Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center
The No. 50 Pilots rallied to clinch their first West Coast Conference regular-season title, going to the wire at home Friday afternoon against Pepperdine, the preseason WCC favorite.
The Waves had lost only once in history to UP, that coming two years ago at Portland.
This dual came down to a match at No. 5 singles between Portland's Carlos Donat and Pepperdine's Jack Van Slyke. Donat prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
No. 1 singles Michail Pervolarakis climbed to 16-2 this season at the top spot, 6-1 in league, with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 triumph.
Pepperdine took a 1-0 lead by sweeping the three doubles matches, then won at No. 6 and No. 3 singles.
The top five singles pairings all went to three sets.
UP improved to 7-1 in the WCC and 17-2 overall.
Pepperdine fell to 6-2, 11-9.
Portland will play host to Loyola Marymount on Saturday, then prepare for the WCC championships April 27-29 at Claremont, Calif.
Arizona 2, Oregon 0
At Tucson, Arizona
In a series-opening battle of highly ranked clubs, No. 2/3 Arizona pulled out the victory over the sixth-ranked Ducks.
The Wildcats scored on a fielding error in the first inning, then made the score 2-0 with a fifth-inning home run by Katiyana Mauga. It was her 20th HR of the season and her school record-tying 87th homer overall.
Oregon starter Megan Kleist (13-3) kept the visitors in it, allowing seven hits, one walk and one hit batter, with seven strikeouts.
The Ducks managed only five hits to Arizona's seven, though.
UO put together a one-out double by Danica Mercado and infield single by Gwen Svekis in the sixth to put runners on the corners. A walk to Nikki Udria loaded the bases. A very close force call at home made it two outs, and then Mauga came through with a diving catch in foul territory for the third out.
Oregon fell to 37-5 overall and 10-5 in Pac-12 play.
Arizona is 44-4, 14-2.
Oregon State 6, Stanford 0
At OSU Softball Complex
The Beavers kept the Cardinal winless in conference play.
OSU led 1-0 after one inning and 4-0 after three frames, then got solo home runs from
Shelby Weeks in the fourth and Sammi Noland in the fifth.
Taylor Cotton (9-4) tossed a complete-game four-hitter with two walks and nine strikeouts.
OSU improved to 23-18, 5-8 Pac-12.
Stanford slipped to 17-23, 0-13.
Concordia 9, Simon Fraser 3
Concordia 7, Simon Fraser 4
At Burnaby, British Columbia
The Cavaliers used good hitting and some long balls to sweep a Friday night doubleheader and take the series, 3-1.
Ryleigh Zbaraschuk homered with two aboard in a five-run third inning that gave the Cavs a 7-2 lead in the opener.
In the nightcap, Meghan Luebbert drilled a two-run homer in a four-run third that put the Cavs on top 5-3.
Concordia had 12 hits in the first game and eight in the second.
Taylor Bussey was 4 for 7 with three RBIs, and Zbaraschuk totaled 3 for 7 with five RBIs.
Macy Besuyen had three RBIs in Game 1.
Concordia improved to 16-25 overall and 8-14 in the GNAC.
Simon Fraser fell to 8-27, 4-16.
Oregon State 4, UCLA 2
At Los Angeles
After UCLA tied the game with a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth, Oregon State scored two runs in the top of the 10th.
Micheal Gretler had an RBI double and Jack Anderson a run-scoring single in the 10th, which started with a pair of walks.
The top-ranked Beavers improved to 31-2, 15-1 atop the Pac-12. The Bruins are 17-17 overall, 9-7 in conference.
The Bruins tied the score at 2-2 with two out in the bottom of the ninth on a two-run home run by Nick Kern off of Jake Mulholand. The blast followed a two-out triple by Michael Toglia.
Mulholand pitched a perfect 10th for the win on the mound.
Beavers starter Luke Heimlich struck out 10 over 7 1/3 innings. He allowed two hits and walked three.
OSU took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, when Trevor Larnach's RBI single followed a leadoff hit by Steven Kwan and walk to KJ Harrison.
In the fifth, Harrison's single scored Kwan.
Kwan and Gretler each had two of the Beavers eight hits.
The weekend series continues at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU).
Stanford 4, Oregon 3
At PK Park
Stanford scored the first three runs, getting two hits in each of the first two innings off UO ace David Peterson (8-2), and never trailed, holding off Oregon's comeback bid.
The Ducks fell to 23-11 overall, 6-7 in the Pac-12. The Cardinal 21-12 and also 6-7 in conference games.
The Ducks got a solo home run in the second from freshman Gabe Matthews, a South Salem High graduate and former Portland Pickles player.
Oregon scored twice in the seventh on RBI hits from Jake Bennett and Spencer Steer.
In the bottom of the ninth, Kyle Kasser hit a one-out double but was stranded on second, the last of 10 stranded Ducks.
Kasser finished 3 for 4. Steer was 2 for 4.
Peterson gave up 10 hits in seven innings, and all four runs were earned. He struck out five without a walk.
The Ducks and Cardinal play at 2 p.m. Saturday in Eugene.
Gonzaga 13, Portland 0
At Joe Etzel Field
Eli Morgan was dominant on the mound for the Bulldogs, who cruised to the win.
Morgan struck out 15 and scattered three hits over eight innings for Gonzaga.
The Zags took control with a four-run fourth and two-run fifth, which gave them a 6-0 lead.
Gonzaga finished with 15 hits and added seven runs over the last two innings as the Zags improved to 22-14 overall, 12-4 in West Coast Conference play.
Portland fell to 8-28-1, 4-12 WCC.
Tate Budnick (1-8) took the pitching loss, giving up the first six runs (five earned).
Beau Brundage, Kevin Wade and Cody Hawken each went 1 for 3 for the Pilots.
The second game of the weekend series is 6 p.m. Saturday.
Concordia 9, Western Oregon 2
Concordia 5, Western Oregon 2
The Cavaliers opened the two-day, four-game series with strong pitching and a pair of wins on their home field.
Jake Brewer (2-7) had a five-hit complete game in the opener, with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
Three Cavs pitchers worked the nightcap, with starter Scott Schepige going six innigs and Tucker Parker (1-2) getting the win on two relief innings that set up James Brooks for his fourth save of 2017.
Mitch Bevacqua, Isaiah Terry, Henry Rondeau and Ben Koerner all had two hits in Game 1 for Concordia. Rondeau had a double and drove in three runs. Gabe Padukiewicz had two RBIs. Terry, Reid Penney and Adam Taylor each tripled for the Cavaliers.
In Game 2, Tanner Williams hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put Concordia in front, 3-1. The winning runs came in the top of the ninth on a fielding error and RBI single from pinch-hitter Eddie Vasquez.
The Cavs climbed to 11-29 overall and 9-21 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The Wolves fell to 19-11, 18-9 GNAC.
Portland State leads a bunched field after the first of three days at the Big Sky championships in Boulder City, Nevada.
The Vikings are at 21-over-par 309 through 18 holes at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Those in the chase include Sacramento State (310), Northern Colorado (311), Idaho (313) and Northern Arizona (316).
The Viks were only 2-over on their back nine.
High winds led to only seven players breaking 90 and a scoring average of 82.35, more than six strokes higher than the opening round on the same course a year ago.
PSU's Krissy Peterson shot a 1-over 73 to end Round 1 in second place, one behind Sofia Anokhina of NAU. Also for the Viks, Tara Finigan was tied for seventh with a 77 and Jasmine Cabajar was in a tie for 11th at 78.
Pepperdine 5, Portland 0
At Malibu, California
The No. 13 Waves raised their record to 18-4 overall and 8-0 in the WCC, while the Pilots dropped to 8-11, 3-5.
TRACK AND FIELD
Lewis & Clark senior Frances Swanson won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Northwest Conference championships in Spokane, Washington. She ran a career-best 11 minutes, 30.99 seconds.