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SATURDAY COLLEGE RESULTS/Ducks softball clobbers Stanford for regular season-ending sweep; UO men lead Pac-12 track



BASEBALL

Oregon State 1, Oregon 0

At PK Park

Coach Pat Casey got his 1,001st career victory, as the Beavers pitching carried the nation's No. 1-ranked team again — and to a three-game road sweep in the Pac-12 Civil War series.

Jake Thompson (11-0) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, which dropped his ERA to 1.11.

Brandon Eisert added 2 1/3 innings for his fourth save.

Matt Mercer (5-6), in six innings, allowed four walks and eight hits, including a fourth-inning, RBI single by Cadyn Grenier.COURTESY: SCOBEL WIGGINS - GRENIER

OSU lifted its record to 41-4 overall and 24-3 in Pac-12 play.

The Ducks fell to 26-21, 9-15, mustering only three hits, all against Thompson, who walked two and struck out five.

BYU 16, Portland 3

At Provo, Utah

The 18th-ranked Cougars swept the Pilots, taking the finale with a 16-5 edge in hits.

Portland, which committed five errors, fell to 10-37-1 overall and 5-19 in the West Coast Conference.

BYU is 32-15, 20-14 and still atop the WCC standings.

SOFTBALL

Oregon 9, Stanford 0 (5 innings)

At Stanford, California

The No. 2/3 Ducks completed a three-game sweep with a run-rule blanking of the Cardinal.

Oregon improved to 47-6 overall and 17-6 in the Pac-12 with its 10th consecutive victory. The Ducks took second in the conference, a half-game behind Arizona, which snapped UO's string of four league titles.

Stanford dropped to 19-32, 2-22.

Freshman Shannon Rhodes' three-run home run capped a four-run first inning.

Megan Kleist (19-3) gave up four hits and two walks in four innings, with five strikeouts.

Oregon's next action will be in NCAA regional play, starting Friday.

The selection show is 7 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

Oregon State 5, California 3

At Berkeley, California

The Beavers averted a sweep by taking the third game of their road series.

OSU finished the regular season at 28-25, 9-15 in the Pac-12.

Cal slipped to 30-22, 6-17.

Natalie Hampton's three-run homer gave Oregon State a 4-1 lead in the third inning.

Taylor Cotton (14-9) allowed five hits and one earned run in seven innings.

TRACK AND FIELD

Pac-12 championships

At Hayward Field

Oregon's dominance of the Pac-12 meet will be challenged by USC's sprinters in both the men's and women's competition.

The meets conclude on Sunday, with the track events televised by the Pac-12 Network at 3 p.m..

Edward Cheserek and Damarcus Simpson posted wins on Saturday to help the Oregon men lead the team scoring.

The Ducks men are shooting for an 11th consecutive conference title, but could be pushed by USC on Sunday. Oregon has 69 points after nine of 21 events, including the decathlon, which was held last week.

The Trojans are fourth in points but have a lot of potential in Sunday's sprint finals.

Cheserek won the 10,000 meters in 29 minutes, 11.76 seconds. It was his second consecutive Pac-12 title in the 10,000, and his seventh overall.

Cheserek will try to complete a double in the 5,000 on Sunday.

Simpson won the long jump, going 26 feet, 1 inch on his second and final attempt of the day. Simpson also qualified for the 100 finals and helped an Oregon relay advance.

For the Oregon women on Saturday, Rhesa Foster won the long jump with a mark of 20-6 1/2.

Oregon and USC are tied for fifth with 24 points through six women's events, but the Ducks and Trojans have the most runners qualified for Sunday's finals. Oregon is gunning for a ninth consecutive women's conference title.

Big Sky championships

At Sacramento

Portland State's Genna Settle won the women's 100 meters and 200.

The senior won the 100 in 11.48 seconds and the 200 in 23.72. Her 200 time was only one one-hundreth of a second off of her season best.

Settle has won three Big Sky outdoor titles, along with the 60 and 200 indoor conference titles in February.

PSU's Akayla Anderson placed second in the women's 100 hurdles (13.70) and was eighth in the 100.

On the men's side for Portland State, senior Ben Richardson earned his third all-Big Sky honor with a third-place finish in the 800 (1:51.15).

Senior Mitchell Gable took fourth in the 400 with a personal-best time of 47.92.

Freshman Kamal-Craig Golaube placed eighth in the 110 hurdles (15.20), and the PSU men's 4x400 team of Christian Wood, Richardson, Donte Robinson and Gable placed seventh in 3:18.85.

MEN'S TENNIS

Texas A&M 4, Oregon 0

At College Station, Texas

The Ducks season came to an end in the second round of the NCAA tournament as the host Aggies won the doubles point and three singles matches.

The 24th-ranked Ducks finished 19-7. No. 13 Texas A&M is 21-6 and heading to the round of 16.

A turning point came in doubles. Oregon's Thomas Laurent and Cormac Clissold put the Ducks on the board with a 6-4 win in the No. 2 spot. In No. 1 doubles, ninth-ranked AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech won a tiebreaker (7-2) over Oregon's Jayson Amos and Armando Soemarno.

The Aggies won the No. 3 doubles to take the point, then swept the first three singles matches to clinch the win.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

North Carolina State 4, Oregon 2

At Athens, Georgia

The 35th-ranked Ducks lost their NCAA first-round match to the No. 30 Wolfpack.

Oregon finished 14-11 overall (6-4 Pac-12), its best record since 2005-06.

N.C. State is 19-10.

WOMEN'S ROWING

Portland sophomores Veronica Nicacio and Brianne Zbylicki made the all-WCC team, and the Pilots took fourth place for the second year in a row at the conference championships in Sacramento.

UP and Saint Mary's finished with 20 points, and Portland got the tiebreaker based on its varsity eight edge over the Gaels in Saturday's final race. Portland was fourth in the race, with Miranda Reyes and Nicacio leading the crew to the program's fastest time ever at the WCC championships, three seconds under the mark set in 2015.