Diamond Beat: Seattle sweeps Texas; Ducks host regional
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Mariners 4, Rangers 2 — Seattle completed the four-game sweep of Texas at T-Mobile Park to reach .500 (27-27). Kyle Seager hit a solo homer and Ty France had two hits and three RBIs. Joey Gallo homered off Yusei Kikuchi, who otherwise pitched decently and three relievers helped him get the win.
The Mariners next play three games against Oakland at T-Mobile Park.
Dust Devils 6, Hops 3 — Hillsboro (10-13) finished its series at Tri-City with a loss. Eduardo Diaz had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for Hillsboro. Brendon Davis hit two solo homers for Tri-City.
The Hops play a six-game series at Everett, starting Tuesday.
Canadians 2, AquaSox 1 — At Ron Tonkin Park, Vancouver (14-9) won on a Luis De Los Santos sacrifice fly that scored Spencer Horwitz, who had doubled, in the bottom of the ninth inning. Starter Paxton Schultz gave up three hits and struck out eight in six innings.
Vancouver plays host to Eugene for six games, starting Tuesday, at Ron Tonkin Field.
Oregon Ducks — Oregon will host an NCAA regional, and the three other teams will be announced Monday morning. The Ducks haven't hosted a regional since 2013.
SATURDAY, MAY 29
Beavers 9, Cardinal 1 — Oregon State (34-22, 16-14 Pac-12) closed out the regular season with a big win at Stanford. Jake Pfennigs allowed five hits and one run in six innings. Troy Claunch went 3-for-6 with two RBIs. The Beavers now await word on NCAA regional play.
Ducks 6, Bears 5 — Postseason-bound Oregon (37-14, 20-10 Pac-12) also finished the season with a win at Cal. Kenyon Yovan had three hits, including a homer, and three RBIs. His ninth-inning RBI single gave UO a 6-4 lead, before Quentin Selma homered for Cal in the bottom of the ninth, but UO pulled out the win.
Jack Scanlon also homered for the Ducks, who could host an NCAA regional.
Mariners 3, Rangers 2 — Seattle scored runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings on home runs — J.P. Crawford and Mitch Haniger — to beat Texas. Justin Dunn and three relievers combined to give up four hits.
Dust Devils 2, Hops 0 — At Tri-City, pitchers Aaron Hernandez and Dylan King held down Hillsboro. Hernandez gave up two hits and struck out five in five innings; King didn't allow any hits and struck out eight in four innings. Hillsboro's Matt Tabor gave up six hits and one run in seven innings.
AquaSox 9, Canadians 1 — Everett routed Vancouver at Ron Tonkin Field. Everett pitcher Brandon Williamson struck out 13 and allowed two hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings. Vancouver's Spencer Horwitz homered off Williamson.
FRIDAY, MAY 28
Bears 10, Ducks 3 — Host Cal ended Oregon's quest to tie Arizona for the Pac-12 title. The Wildcats went 21-9 in Pac-12 play, the Ducks are now 19-10 with one game to play.
For Cal, Dylan Beavers drove in five runs with two homers and three runs scored. Quentin Selma also homered and had two hits and drove in three. Nathan Martorella had three hits and two runs scored.
Josh Kasevich had two hits and two RBIs for Oregon.
Cardinal 5, Beavers 0 — Stanford downed visiting Oregon State again, with another shutout. OSU managed only four hits (after three on Thursday). Stanford's Kody Huff had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs, and Brock Jones had three hits and three runs scored.
Mariners 3, Rangers 2 — At T-Mobile Park, Kyle Lewis hit a two-run homer and scored two runs and Justus Sheffield and four relievers scattered eight hits as Seattle beat Texas.
Hops 3, Dust Devils 2 — At Tri-City, Andy Yerzy homered for Hillsboro, and five pitchers combined to allow nine hits (only one for extra bases).
Canadians 3, AquaSox 0 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Nick Fraze allowed two hits and struck out seven and walked one in six innings and two relievers finished the shutout for Vancouver over Everett. Ryan Gold homered.
THURSDAY, MAY 27
Ducks 11, Bears 5 — Oregon won at Cal, moving to 19-9 in Pac-12 play with the hope of winning two more and tying Arizona for the league title. The Ducks had 14 hits, including homers by Gabe Matthews, Anthony Hall and Jack Scanlon. Josh Kasevich and Tanner Smith had three hits each; Kasevich drove in three runs.
Cardinal 1, Beavers 0 — It was a pitchers' duel at Stanford. Kevin Abel struck out seven in a complete game for Oregon State, but gave up a sixth-inning solo homer to Brock Jones. Brenden Beck got the complete-game win, allowing three hits.
Mariners 5, Rangers 0 — Chris Flexen and two relievers combined to allow six hits as Seattle beat Texas in the opener of a seven-game homestand. Tom Murphy and Jacob Nottingham homered. Flexen allowed three hits and struck out six in seven innings.
Dust Devils 7, Hops 6 — Host Tri-City scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Carlos Herrera's homer to beat Hillsboro. Herrera had three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Brendon Davis also homered. Reece Hampton, Eduardo Diaz and Alexander Hernandez (three-run shot) homered for Hillsboro.
Canadians 5, AquaSox 4 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Vancouver beat Everett in walk-off fashion: Spencer Horwitz singled, scoring Tanner Kirwer.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26
Athletics 6, Mariners 3 — Seattle rallied with three eighth-inning runs and then had the tying run at home plate in the ninth, but Jarred Kelenic popped out.
James Kaprielian allowed two hits in seven innings and Matt Olson homered for Oakland.
Seattle plays four games at T-Mobile Park against Texas, starting Thursday, and then three against Oakland.
Hops 5, Dust Devils 2 — Hillsboro won its second game in a row at Tri-City. Ryne Nelson allowed two hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. Doubles by Blaze Alexander, Tristin English and Axel Andueza plated two ninth-inning runs to make it 5-0; Tri-City's Brendon Davis countered with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but the home team couldn't score any more runs.
AquaSox 7, Canadians 3 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Davis Schneider hit homer for Vancouver but the pitching staff gave up 11 hits, including three by Austin Shenton.
TUESDAY, MAY 25
Hops 5, Dust Devils 3 — Andy Yerzy and Eduardo Diaz each hit two-run homers as Hillsboro won a series opener at Tri-City. Harrison Wenson hit a three-run homer for the Dust Devils.
AquaSox 5, Canadians 3 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Vancouver dropped a series opener with Everett. Cameron Eden drove in two runs for the home team.
Mariners 4, Athletics 3 — After a six-game losing streak, Seattle has won the first two games of a three-game series at Oakland.
Ty France, J.P. Crawford, Tom Murphy and Jarred Kelenic all had RBI hits.
Oakland had the tying run at third base in the bottom of the ninth inning, but reliever Rafael Montero coaxed a groundout to end the game.
MONDAY, MAY 24
Mariners 4, Athletics 2 — At Oakland, Seattle ended a six-game losing streak, in which they were outscored 46-10 by Detroit and San Diego.
Yusei Kikuchi allowed four hits and one run in six innings. Kyle Lewis hit a two-run homer, prized rookie Jarred Kelenic stroked a solo homer and Mitch Haniger had an RBI double (scoring Kelenic).
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