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THURSDAY COLLEGE RESULTS/Cougars edge Pilots 23-19 -- in baseball; PSU's Robinson rises to 2nd in Big Sky decathlon

SOFTBALL

Oregon 9, Stanford 2

At Stanford, California

The Ducks, ranked No. 2/3 in the national polls and coming off a three-game home sweep of now No. 4 Florida State, rallied in their final two at-bats to take the road series opener.

Stanford went ahead 2-1 with two runs in the fourth inning.

Oregon got five in the sixth and three in the seventh to make a winner of Megan Kleist (18-3).

The Ducks improved to 45-6 overall and 15-6 in the Pac-12.

Stanford is 19-30, 2-20.

Kleist allowed five hits and no walks, while striking out seven. She has 17 complete games in 23 starts.

The Ducks had seven hits, including a two-run double in the sixth by Shannon Rhodes that broke a 2-2 tie.

Rhodes also had a sacrifice fly.

Alexis Mack and Mia Camuso each had two hits, and Gwen Svekis was hit by a pitch twice and scored twice.

Oregon took advantage of two Stanford errors and had three unearned runs in winning its eighth in a row.

Game 2 is 5 p.m. Friday.

California 4, Oregon State 3

At Berkeley, California

A four-run third inning lifted the Bears to the win at home in the first of a three-game set,

OSU out-hit Cal 10-5, and led 2-0 after one inning, with Lovie Lopez and Alysha Everett each driving in a run with a single. But the Beavers' only other score came in the fourth, on Shelby Weeks' RBI single.

Taylor Cotton (13-9) took the loss. She walked two and fanned six in six innings.

Oregon State fell to 27-24 for the season and 8-14 in Pac-12 play.

Cal is 29-21, 5-16.

The series continues at 3 p.m. Friday.

BASEBALL

BYU 23, Portland 19

At Provo, Utah

The University of Portland no longer has football, but the Pilots played a baseball game Thursday night that, on the scoreboard, resembled it more than baseball.

No. 18 BYU led 5-0 after one inning.

UP led 7-5 after an inning and a half.

The Cougars led 9-7 after two innings.

Portland led 14-9 after 2/1 innings.

BYU led 17-14 through three innings.

UP finished with 21 hits, while BYU had 22.

For the Pilots, Ryan Hoogerwerf hit two home runs and finished 4 for 5 with four RBIs and four runs scored.

Dutton Elske also homered for Portland. He was 4 for 6 with three RBIs and three runs.

Cody Hawken drove in four runs, going 3 for 6 with a double.

The Pilots, coming off a 3-2 upset of Oregon on Tuesday at Joe Etzel Field, fell to 10-35-1 overall and 5-17 in the West Coast Conference.

The Cougars climbed to 30-15, 18-4 WCC.

The three-game series resumes at 5 p.m. Friday.

Oregon State 6, Oregon 1

At PK Park

Game 1 of the three-game, Pac-12 series went to the No. 1-ranked Beavers.

Oregon State took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the fourth on solo home runs from Adley Rutschman and Michael Gretler.

The Beavs tacked on a run in the fifth, the gave up one run in the bottom of the frame before starter Luke Heimlich (8-1) got a double-play ground ball to get out of a jam in his next-to-last inning.

The Beavers padded their lead with three runs in the eighth.

OSU improved to 39-4 overall and 22-3 in the Pac-12, with a 13-2 away record.

Oregon dropped to 26-19, 9-13 in conference.

It was the 999th career victory for Oregon State coach Pat Casey.

(See complete game story at portlandtribune.com).

TRACK AND FIELDCOURTESY: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - DONTE ROBINSON

Portland State sophomore Donte Robinson from Pendleton went from fourth to second on Day 2 of the decathlon at the Big Sky championships in Sacramento, California.

Robinson's 30-second PR in the closing event, the 1,500 meters, helped him finish with 6,852 points — sixth all-time at PSU.

Max Jette of Sac State won with 6,960.

Robinson ran the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 31.22 seconds. He also had a PR of 119 feet, 10 inches in the discus, and came close to his PR in the pole vault, clearing 12-10 3/4, and tied his career best in the javelin with a throw of 173-8.