Mixed bag for PSU in spring football finale; USC edges No. 1 Beavers in 10 innings
Oregon spring game
At Autzen Stadium
Justin Herbert's three touchdown passes to Darren Carrington highlighted the action at Autzen Stadium, as their "Free" team beat the "Brave," 34-11 to wrap up coach Willie Taggart's maiden spring in Eugene.
Portland State spring game
At Stott Community Field
The offense had four touchdowns but also three interceptions as the Vikings wrapped up their spring football work.
At quarterback, senior Josh Kraght was picked off twice by linebacker Sam Bodine, both on tipped throws. Kraght was 2 for 9 for 50 yards. Freshman QB Davis Alexander hit basketball player-turned-receiver De'Sean Parsons for a 21-yard touchdown and returning wideout Trent Riley for a 4-yard score in a 7-for-12 day with 132 passing yards, but was intercepted by safety Artuz Manning.
Running back Za'Quan Summers ran 75 yards for a TD on the first play of the hour-long exercise.
USC 7 Oregon State 5 (10 innings)
At Goss Stadium
It had to happen one of these days, and Saturday was the day for the No. 1-ranked Oregon State Beavers.
The stellar OSU pitching staff gave up 11 hits and lost in the extra inning, when USC bunched three singles and a walk for two decisive runs.
That evened the series at 1-1 going into Sunday's 1 p.m. finale in Corvallis.
OSU fell to 33-4 overall and 17-3 in the Pac-12.
USC improved to 19-21, 6-11.
The Beavers had 10 hits, incuding a solo home run by Michael Gretler.
But the Trojans tied the score at 5-5 with a one-out walk and double in the eighth led to the tying run scoring on a fielder's choice.
The fifth and final OSU pitcher, Jake Mulholland, fell to 5-1 after a 2 1/3-inning stint.
Starter Bryce Fehmel allowed six hits and four runs, two earned, in five innings, with two strikeouts and one walk.
Gretler, Christian Donahue and Jack Anderson each had two hits for Oregon State, which left eight men on base to nine stranded by USC.
Arizona State 4, Oregon 3
At PK Park
The Ducks had 11 hits, all singles, but trailed throughout in falling to 1-1 in the three-game home set.
The series concludes with a game at noon Sunday.
Oregon is 24-14 overall and 7-10 in the Pac-12. ASU is 19-21, 6-11.
Arizona State went on top in the third with a home run by second baseman Taylor Lane and RBI double from center fielder Andrew Shaps.
In the seventh, Lane homered again, and right fielder Gage Canning added a run-scoring single.
Gabe Matthews had Oregon's only RBI.
Starter Matt Mercer (5-4) suffered the loss. His 5 1/3-inning outing included five hits and one walk allowed, two runs surrendered, and five strikeouts.
Pacific 3, Portland 1
At Stockton, California
The host Tigers evened their series 1-1.
UP fell to 9-33-1, 5-15 in the West Coast Conference
Pacific improved to 14-26, 3-17.
The third and final game of the weekend meeting is noon Sunday.
The Pilots got their run Saturday on Beau Brundage's RBI single, after UP had fallen behind 3-0.
Portland finished with six hits and gave up seven.
Oregon 7, Oregon State 2
At Jane Sanders Stadium
The sixth-ranked Ducks clinched a win in the three-game series with their second victory in two days at Eugene.
Oregon scored two runs in the second and third innings for a 4-0 lead, gave up a two-run single to L. Lopez in the fifth, then added three runs in the bottom of that frame.
Oregon is 40-6 overall and 13-6 in the Pac-12 going into the 3 p.m. Sunday finale.
Oregon State is 24-21, 6-11.
UO starter Maggie Balint (17-3) allowed the runs on two hits and six walks in 4 1/3 innings, with one strikeout.
Miranda Elish had six Ks and two hits allowed in the final 2 2/3 innings on the mound.
Nerissa Eason (9-12) took the loss, giving up seven hits and seven runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings.
Oregon didn't have an extra-base hit.
North Dakota 2, Portland State 0
At Grand Forks, North Dakota
The Vikings dropped the series 2-1 as they were blanked in the matinee finale.
UNC got a two-run home run in the fourth inning off Alyssa Burk (4-13) — who went the distance for the fifth time in a row and allowed only two hits.
PSU slipped to 8-33 for the season and 6-12 in the Big Sky, while the Fighting Hawks climbed to 21-29, 7-10.
Central Washington 14, Concordia 3 (5 innings)
Concordia 9, Central Washington 5
At Porter Park
The Cavaliers split in their next-to-last doubleheader series of the season.
The Wildcats amassed 18 hits in the opening game.
In the nightcap, Concordia took a 6-1 lead with five runs in the second inning, then made it a 9-3 lead with three scores in the fourth. Mckenzie Smith had a three-run home run and four RBIs, and Taylor Bussey smacked a two-run homer for the winners of Game 2.
The Cavs are 17-28 overall and 9-17 in the GNAC. Central Washington is 33-11, 20-6.
TRACK AND FIELD
Oregon State sophomore Kindel Bailey set a school record in the javelin, throwing 151 feet at the OSU High Performance Meet in Corvallis.
In the same meet, PSU senior Genna Settle won the women's 100 and 200. Her 2017 PR of 23.71 in the 200 is the fastest in the Big Sky this year. She ran the 100 in 11.74, slightly off her conference-best 11.51.
Snow wiped out play on Saturday in the Pac-12 championships at Boulder, Colorado.
Oregon, which led after Friday's play, will try to maintain that position Sunday, with the 72-hole tournament shortened to 54 holes — weather permitting. Play is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. PT Sunday.
ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING
Baylor 279.400, Oregon 275.625
At Azusa, California
For the third year in a row, Baylor thwarted Oregon's national title hopes in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling championship match.
The Bears pulled ahead late and made sure of their victory with the edge in the final event, the team
competition, at Felix Event Center on the Azusa Pacific campus.
In the Saturday afternoon inividual finals, Oregon was named national champions in the Salto Toss, Quad Tumbling pass, 6-Element Tumbling pass, and Open Tumbling Pass, with senior Krista Phillips and junior Taylor Galvin earning NCATA All-America honors.
Oregon coach Chelsea Shaw was honored as the NCATA coach of the year, as well.