Diamond Beat: Texas edges Ducks, UO softball season over
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SUNDAY, MAY 23
Ducks win 3-2, Longhorns win 1-0 — Oregon played Texas tough in the NCAA Austin regional, but a one-run loss ended the Ducks' season Sunday night.
Led by pitcher Brooke Yanez, the Ducks beat Texas 3-2, winning on Terra McGowan's walk-off hit in the bottom of the 10th inning, to force a second game Sunday for a berth in Super Regionals.
Yanez had thrown more than 300 pitches at the Austin regional. So, a couple other pitchers preceded Yanez in the second game, and Texas broke through for a fourth-inning run. Lauren Burke singled and scored on Jordyn Whitaker's single.
Texas pitcher Molly Jacobsen shut down the Ducks on five hits in a complete game, but Oregon had a rally in the top of the seventh inning. Rachel Cid doubled and Hanna Delgado hit an infield single, putting runners on first and third with no outs.
But Jacobsen struck out a hitter and forced two others to ground out to end the game.
The Ducks finished 40-17 and Texas, coached by former UO coach Mike White, moves on with a record of 42-12.
Padres 9, Mariners 2 — San Diego swept visiting Seattle (21-26), as Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two home runs, including a grand slam. Tatis Jr. had three hits and three runs scored and six RBIs. Yu Darvish scattered seven hits and allowed one run in seven innings.
The Mariners have been swept in consecutive three-game series (Detroit, San Diego), being outscored 46-10. They play three games at Oakland, and then return to T-Mobile Park for a four-game series with Texas (starting Thursday) and a three-game series with Oakland.
Canadians 5, Hops 4 — Vancouver (12-6) and Hillsboro (7-11) concluded their six-game series at Ron Tonkin Field. Paxton Schultz allowed two hits in six innings for the Canadians. Spencer Horwitz had two hits and scored three runs. The Hops scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, including two on a Leodany Perez single, but couldn't plate the equalizer.
The Hops play a six-game series at Tri-City, Tuesday-Sunday. Vancouver plays host to Everett for six games, Tuesday-Sunday, at Ron Tonkin Field.
Wildcats 6, Beavers 5 — Arizona (38-14, 21-9 Pac-12) took two out of three against host Oregon State (33-20, 15-12). The Beavers led 3-0 and then 5-1 after Troy Claunch's RBI single in the fourth inning. The Wildcats scored four eighth-inning runs and another run in the ninth; Nik McClaughry had a pair of RBI singles. Wade Meckler and Justin Boyd had three hits each for OSU, Garret Forrester and Claunch two hits each.
The Wildcats clinched at least a tie for the Pac-12 title and earned an automatic NCAA berth.
The Beavers finish the regular season at Stanford, Thursday-Saturday.
Cardinal 8, Ducks 5, 12 innings — Stanford (31-13, 15-9 Pac-12) took two out of three games at Oregon (35-13, 18-9), overcoming a 5-0 deficit on Sunday. Josh Kasevich homered and Aaron Zavala had a two-run single for Oregon. In the 12th inning, Kody Huff had an RBI single and Christian Robinson a two-run homer for Stanford.
The Ducks play their final Pac-12 series at California, Thursday-Saturday. They have to sweep the series to tie Arizona atop the Pac-12.
SATURDAY, MAY 22
Ducks 7, Red Flash 0 — Oregon stayed alive at the NCAA regional at Austin, Texas by beating Saint Francis. Samaria Diaz gave up two hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. Haley Cruse had two hits and an RBI and Rachel Cid drove in two.
Ducks 2, Bobcats 0 — Then, Oregon beat Texas State in a rematch, as Brooke Yanez struck out 14, a record for the Ducks in an NCAA game, and allowed four hits. Deijah Pangilinan had an RBI single.
Oregon (39-16) must beat Texas twice on Sunday to advance to Super Regionals. The host Longhorns are coached by former UO coach Mike White.
Redhawks 6, Vikings 5 — Portland State, the Big Sky champ, saw its season come to an end at an NCAA regional in Seattle. The Seattle University Redhawks scored four fifth-inning runs and withstood PSU's late rally that featured Hannah Bell's pinch-hit two-run homer. The Vikings finished 15-26.
Cardinal 6, Ducks 5 — At Eugene, Tim Tawa (from West Linn) and Drew Bowser homered for Stanford. Kenyon Yovan hit a two-run homer for Oregon.
Beavers 3, Wildcats 1 — Oregon State slowed Arizona's quest for the Pac-12 title at Corvallis. Jake Dukart hit a two-run triple. Cooper Hjerpe allowed two hits and one run and struck out 11 in seven innings and Will Frisch and Jake Mulholland (13th save) pitched scoreless innings.
Pilots 6, Toreros 2 — Portland (24-26, 14-13 WCC) won its season finale at San Diego. The Pilots scored five runs in the second inning, highlighted by Sam Brown's three-run homer. Christian Peters gave up four hits and two runs while striking out eight in seven innings; Eli Morse pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Padres 6, Mariners 4 — Eric Hosmer had a two-run single as part of a five-run fifth inning as San Diego topped Seattle. Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners.
Hops 8, Canadians 3 — Hillsboro won its second consecutive game gainst fellow Ron Tonkin Field inhabitant Vancouver. Andy Yerzy hit a two-run homer. Matt Tabor allowed four hits and one run in six innings. Davis Schneider hit a two-run homer for the Canadians. The six-game series concludes on Sunday.
FRIDAY, MAY 21
Huskies 3, Vikings 0 — Host Washington of the Pac-12 beat Portland State (15-25), the Big Sky champ, in an NCAA regional. UW's Gabbie Plain allowed two hits and struck out eight. PSU's Olivia Grey pitched well, scattering six hits. Sis Bates and Morganne Flores had two hits each for the Huskies.
The Vikings play again Saturday.
Bobcats 5, Ducks 1 — At the NCAA Austin regional, Texas State topped Oregon. Hailey MacKay hit a two-run homer for Texas State. Allee Bunker hit a solo homer for Oregon (37-16).
The Ducks have to win four games in a row to move on. They play Saint Francis first on Saturday.
Toreros 4, Pilots 3 — At San Diego, the home team scored four fifth-inning runs against Portland. Thomas Luevano hit a three-run triple. The Pilots, who had 11 hits, play their final regular-season game Saturday.
Wildcats 12, Beavers 4 — Oregon dropped the first game of a tough series at Arizona. Jacob Berry homered and drove in four runs for Arizona. Branden Boissiere also drove in four runs. Jake Dukart drove in two runs for OSU.
Ducks 2, Cardinal 1 — At Eugene, Oregon took the first game of a series with Stanford, thanks to Gabe Matthews' two-run homer in the seventh inning. Robert Dahlstrom struck out 10 and allowed three hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Hops 4, Canadians 3 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Hillsboro snapped Vancouver's eight-game winning streak. Andy Yerzy homered for the Hops, who scored three seventh-inning runs. Ryan Gold and Tanner Morris homered for the Canadians.
Padres 16, Mariners 1 — Jake Croneworth and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit three-run homers and Trent Grisham a solo shot as San Diego routed visiting Seattle. Croneworth had three hits and drove in five runs.
THURSDAY, MAY 20
Canadians 2, Hops 1 — Vancouver, now 11-4, has won eight consecutive games and it has taken the first three of six games against its Ron Tonkin Field co-inhabitant. The Canadians broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth inning when Rafael Lantigua drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Spencer Horwitz. Hillsboro's Reece Hampton singled and stole second base in the bottom of the ninth, but the Hops couldn't plate him for the tying run.
Vancouver had only two hits as Bryce Jarvis and four other Hillsboro pitchers held down the Canadians. The Hops had only five hits.
Toreros 7, Pilots 1 — Portland opened its final WCC series of the season at San Diego. Kevin Sim hit an early two-run homer for the host team. Ben Patacsil went 2-for-4 and drove in UP's only run.
Tigers 6, Mariners 2 — Detroit swept the three-game series at Seattle. Harold Castro had three hits and three RBIs. Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners.
After an off day Thursday, Seattle begins a three-game series at San Diego on Friday.
Canadians 6, Hops 1 — Vancouver won its seventh consecutive game, beating Hillsboro at Ron Tonkin Field. The Canadians scored three runs in the fifth inning, two from a home run by Cameron Eden.
TUESDAY, MAY 18
Tigers 5, Mariners 0 — For the second time in two weeks, Seattle has been no-hit by an opposing pitcher.
Detroit's Spencer Turnbull threw a no-hitter against the Mariners, striking out nine and walking two. He threw first-pitch strikes to 24 of 29 hitters. He threw 117 pitches.
Baltimore's John Means no-hit the Mariners in a 6-0 Orioles win May 5. On May 13, Cleveland's Zach Plesac took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.
Turnbull's gem was the fifth no-hitter, so far, in the big leagues.
Jeimer Candelario homered and drove in two runs and scored two for Detroit.
Turnbull hasn't been a star pitcher in the big leagues. He was 3-17 in 2019.
Canadians 13, Hops 4 — In the first of six games in the battle of Hillsboro's Ron Tonkin Field, Vancouver had 18 hits and used a six-run third inning to establish a big lead
Cameron Eden, Tanner Morris and Ryan Gold had three hits each. Eden scored three runs. Gold drove in three runs and scored two runs. Morris scored two and drove in two. Luis De La Santos had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Sebastian Espino drove in three runs.
Alexander Hernandez had three hits and two RBIs for Hillsboro.
Pilots 7, Beavers 2 — In its final home game, Portland won the midweek game against Oregon State at Joe Etzel Field. Chad Stevens had three hits and two runs scored, and Jake Holcroft and Sam Brown two hits and two RBIs each. Portland took control with a five-run seventh inning.
Ducks 10, Bulldogs 3 — Oregon routed Gonzaga at Eugene. Kenyon Yovan homered and drove in three runs. Josh Kasevich had three hits and two RBIs. Gabe Matthews had two hits and two RBIs.
MONDAY, MAY 17
Tigers 4, Mariners 1 — Three home runs, two of them by Eric Haase, accounted for all four Detroit runs as the Tigers won at T-Mobile Park.
Haase hit a leadoff homer in the second off of Yuesi Kikuchi (1-3) and a solo shot in the eighth. The other two runs came on a two-run homer by Jonathan Schoop that made the score 3-0 for Detroit (15-26) with two outs in the second.
Kikuchi settled down and pitched six innings with eight strikeouts, four walks and three hits.
Detroit starter Casey Mize (3-3) had a strong outing. Mize limited the Mariners to three hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked three, and allowed an eighth-inning solo home run to Tom Murphy.
Seattle (21-21) finished with four hits. In his fifth game, 21-year-old center fielder Jarred Kelenic hit leadoff and went 1 for 4.
Oregon pitcher honored — For the second consecutive week Oregon's Brooke Yanez was named Pac-12 pitcher of the week. In three appearances at California, Yanez had 20 strikeouts, four walks and a 0.51 ERA in 13.2 innings.
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