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SUNDAY, MAY 16
Beavers 11, Sun Devils 4 — Oregon State (32-17, 14-10 Pac-12) salvaged the final game of a three-game series at Arizona State.
Troy Claunch, Matthew Gretler, Kyle Froemke and Ryan Ober homered.
OSU plays a nonleague game at Portland on Tuesday, and then plays host to Arizona (35-13, 19-8), Friday-Sunday.
Ducks 9, Utes 2 — Oregon (33-11, 17-7 Pac-12) exited the weekend in first place in the Pac-12 after a second consecutive sweep, this time at Utah. Kenyon Yovan and Aaron Zavala each drove in two runs. Brett Walker allowed two hits and one run in six innings.
The Ducks play Gonzaga at home on Tuesday, and then post host to Stanford, Friday-Sunday.
Bulldogs 5, Pilots 3, 10 innings — Gonzaga swept a three-game series at Portland (22-24, 13-11 WCC). Jake Tsukada tied it 3-3 for Portland in the bottom of the ninth inning. Tyler Rando, who had three RBIs, singled home a run to put Gonzaga on top in the 10th. UP's Jake Holcroft went 3-for-5.
The Pilots play host to Oregon State on Tuesday, and then at San Diego, Friday-Sunday, in the season's finale series.
Regionals — Portland State (15-24), the Big Sky champ, plays in the Seattle regional of the NCAA tourney May 21-23, facing No. 16 seed Washington (41-11) in the first game.
Oregon (37-15) plays in the Austin regional May 21-23, and faces Texas State (38-12) in the first game.
Mariners 3, Indians 2 — Seattle won its four-game series with Cleveland, as Kyle Lewis singled home a run and J.P. Crawford singled home two runs off 2020 Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber in the first three innings.
Seattle used seven pitchers, and allowed seven hits. Prospect Jarred Kelenic went 0-for-5 again; he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles in his second MLB game but 0-for-14 in his other three games.
The Mariners (21-20) play host to Detroit, Monday-Wednesday, and then play three games at San Diego and three at Oakland.
Canadians 7, Indians 6, 11 innings — Vancouver (8-4) completed its first homestand at Hillsboro's Ron Tonkin Field with a walk-off win in the 11th inning against Spokane. Cameron Eden singled home the winning run. Eden went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Ronny Brito homered.
Vancouver won five of six games with Spokane. The Canadians and Ron Tonkin Field's permanent tenant, the Hillsboro Hops, now play a six-game series, Tuesday-Sunday. It's Hillsboro's home series.
Emeralds 5, Hops 2 — Hillsboro split a six-game series with Eugene. The Hops had six hits (five singles) in Sunday's loss.
SATURDAY, MAY 15
Vikings 8, Thunderbirds 1 — In a stunning development, Portland State, which entered the tournament at 11-24, won four consecutive games to claim the Big Sky title at Ogden, Utah and earn an automatic berth into the NCAA regionals.
The Vikings beat Southern Utah in the finale with eight runs in the fourth inning. Olivia Dean started it with an RBI single, followed by RBI hits by Ariana Abalos, Marissa Bruno and Paetynn Lopez, and runs on a walk to Alexa Cepeda and a sacrifice fly by Rachel Menlove.
Olivia Grey won all four tournament games. She scattered eight hits and struck out four in a complete game for the championship.
"To think we had our very first practice three months and three weeks ago and now we're Big Sky champions is amazing," coach Meadow McWhorter said. "The core of our journey at this tournament was love and these girls love for each other. They're so selfless and truly play for each other. I'm so incredibly thankful to be their coach and am excited for what's to come. We're not done yet."
Ducks 3, Bears 1 — Oregon won at Cal again for a four-game sweep. Rachel Cid had two hits and an RBI and Brooke Yanez and two other hurlers combined to allow four hits.
At 37-15 (14-10 Pac-12), the Ducks await an expected NCAA regionals berth.
Beavers 8, Utes 3 — Oregon State (20-26, 6-18 Pac-12) won its season finale, as Frankie Hammoude homered for the fourth time in the series. Hammoude, Missy Nunes and Grace Messmer drove in two runs each.
Ducks 16, Utes 3 — Kenyon Yovan had a school-record six hits and Anthony Hall had three doubles, also a school record, as Oregon won at Utah. The Ducks had 23 hits. Sam Novitske homered. Cullen Kafka allowed on run in six innings.
Sun Devils 11, Beavers 5 — Oregon State lost again at Arizona State. Wade Meckler, Andy Armstrong and Matthew Gretler homered for OSU. The Sun Devils had five homers: Ethan Long (two), Hunter Haas, Nate Baez, Joe Lampe, all two-runs shots except Haas'. Long had three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs.
Bulldogs 6, Pilots 3 — At Spokane, Mason Marenco hit a first-inning three-run homer to put Gonzaga up early, and he later added a sacrifice fly. Briley Knight and Hunter Montgomery homered for Portland.
Mariners 7, Indians 3 — Mitch Haniger hit a first-inning homer (his 12th, tied for major league lead) and Dylan Moore a three-run shot. After a big second game, prospect Jarred Kelenic went 0-for-5 in his third game. Justus Sheffield gave up five hits and two runs in six innings.
Hops 11, Emeralds 5 — Hillsboro's bats exploded in Eugene with 13 hits, including homers by Tra Holmes (two-run shot), Buddy Kennedy (three-run shot) and Blaze Alexander (two-runs shot).
Canadians 4, Indians 2 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Adam Kloffenstein gave up two hits in six innings and Spencer Horwitz and Philip Clarke had two hits and two RBIs each as Vancouver beat Spokane.
FRIDAY, MAY 14
Mariners 7, Indians 3 — Seattle's top prospect Jarred Kelenic, in his second big-league game, homered for his first hit and stroked two doubles and drove in three against Cleveland. He also scored two runs. Kyle Seager also homered. Chris Flexen allowed five hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings.
Emeralds 3, Hops 1 — At Eugene, Sean Roby hit a two-run homer and Nick Morreale allowed two hits in five innings as Eugene beat visiting Hillsboro.
Canadians 8, Indians 2 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Tanner Kirwer, hitting ninth, went 3-for-4 with a grand slam homer and four RBIs.
Vikings 6, Thunderbirds 5 — Portland State has advanced to the Big Sky championship game at Ogden, Utah. The Vikings, which has a 14-24 overall record but are 3-0 in the tourney, beat Southern Utah as Olivia Grey earned her third win of the tourney and Paetynn Lopez's RBI grounder plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Southern Utah had gone ahead 5-4 in the top of the eighth inning, but Emily Johansen tied it with a homer in the bottom of the inning.
Rachel Menlove homered earlier in the game.
The Vikings can win the championship with a win Saturday against Southern Utah or Sac State/Montana, or a win in a second game.
Beavers win 7-1, Utes win 8-3 — Home runs by Frankie Hammoude (two for three RBIs), Madison Simon and Missy Nunes powered Oregon State at Utah in the first game of a doubleheader. Hammoude homered again in the second game but Destiny Quiles and AJ Militello went deep for Utah.
Ducks win 4-1, 9-4 — Deijan Pangilinan homered for Oregon at Cal in the first game of a doubleheader. Brooke Yanez earned her 20th win. In the second game, Rachel Cid and Shaye Bowden hit back-to-back homers in a five-run sixth inning. Cid went 5-for-6 in the doubleheader.
Bulldogs 12, Pilots 4 — Portland dropped a series opener against Gonzaga at Spokane. The Bulldogs had 19 hits, including homers by Brett Harris, Ryan Sullivan and Taylor Stone. Chad Stevens homered for UP.
Sun Devils 9, Beavers 6 — Host Arizona State scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, including a game-winning three-run homer by Ethan Long off Jake Mulholland. Drew Swift (two-run shot) also homered for Arizona State. Wade Meckler and Troy Launch homered for Oregon State.
Ducks 7, Utes 3 — At Salt Lake City, Tanner Smith and Aaron Zavala hit solo homers and Jack Scanlon hit a two-run single in the ninth inning for some cushion.
Ducks 2, Bears 0 — Oregon's Brooke Yanez scattered four hits and struck out 12 in a series opener at Cal. Haley Cruse had an RBI double and Maddie Hopper had an RBI single.
Utes 3, Beavers 1 — At Salt Lake City, Utah won a series opener with Oregon State. Sydney Sandez scattered five hits in a complete game; OSU's Mariah Mazon gave up 10 hits in six innings.
Vikings won 4-0 and 2-1 — Portland State won its first two games of the Big Sky tourney in Ogden, Utah, beating Northern Colorado 4-0 and Weber State 2-1. Olivia Grey allowed two hits in a complete game against UNC, and Paetynn Lopez hit a first-inning RBI triple. Tayler Gunesch had a two-run triple against WSU and Grey allowed four hits in another complete game.
Indians 4, Mariners 2 — On a night that Seattle prospects Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert made their debuts, Cleveland's Zach Plesac took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Franmil Reyes (solo) and Jose Ramirez (two-run shot) hit homers off Gilbert. Kelenic went 0-for-4 while hitting leadoff.
Dylan Moore hit a two-run homer for Seattle.
Emeralds 8, Hops 2 — Host Eugene scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, highlighted by Will Wilson's grand slam, to beat Hillsboro. Buddy Kennedy hit his first homer for Hillsboro.
Canadians 3, Indians 2 — At Hillsboro's Ron Tonkin Field, Vancouver edged Spokane on a three-run homer by Luis De Los Santos and CJ Van Eyk and two relievers giving up three hits (all given up by Van Eyk, including a Brenton Doyle homer).
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
Dodgers 7, Mariners 1 — At Los Angeles, the Dodgers' Julio Urias allowed two hits and struck out six in seven innings and Max Muncy had two hits, including a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored and Matt Beaty drove in three runs.
Seattle returns to T-Mobile Park for a series against Cleveland, and its top prospect, outfielder Jarred Kelenic, and top pitching prospect, Logan Gilbert, will each reportedly make their major-league debuts on Thursday (confirmed my manager Scott Servais).
Canadians 2, Indians 0 — Vancouver topped Spokane at Ron Tonkin Field. Starter Troy Miller allowed two hits and struck out six in five innings. Ryan Gold and Luis De Los Santos had RBIs.
TUESDAY, MAY 11
Dodgers 6, Mariners 4 — Mitch Haniger hit two solo homers, Kyle Seager hit a two-run shot and Yusei Kikuchi struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings. But, the host Dodgers rallied with five runs in the final two innings; Corey Seager hit a two-run single in the seventh inning and Gavin Lux hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Indians 4, Canadians 3, 10 innings — Vancouver lost its home opener at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro. Tanner Kirwer had three hits, including a homer, for the Canadians.
Pilots 10, Cougars 6 — Portland had 14 hits and beat Washington in the nonleague game at Pullman, Washington. The Pilots scored six runs in the first two innings. Chad Stevens homered and Stevens, Gabe Skoro and Brett Gillis had two hits and two RBIs each.
MONDAY, MAY 10
Hops win 6-2 and 2-0 — Hillsboro swept a High-A West League doubleheader against Eugene at Ron Tonkin Field; the six-game series started with the doubleheader in Hillsboro and continues in Eugene, Thursday-Sunday.
The Vancouver Canadians play a six-game series at Ron Tonkin Field, Tuesday-Sunday.
Corbin Carroll had three hits and two RBIs in the first game. Cam Coursey had a double and triple. Hunter Haworth allowed four hits in four scoreless innings of relief.
Luis Frias allowed two hits in six innings in the second game. Carroll hit a solo homer.
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