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THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Sacramento State takes series opener at home/Blazers, Mariners fall on the road

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

SACRAMENTO STATE 1, Portland State 0 (8 innings)

• The series opener in California went an extra inning, and the host Hornets won on a walk-off home run at Shae Stadium.

PSU got only two hits — and its first runner came when Marissa Bruno doubled with one out in the sixth inning. The Vikings struck out nine times and didn't get a walk.

Alyssa Burk (6-10) allowed four hits and got out of bases-loaded james in the second and seventh innings. She walked six and fanned seven.

The winning HR came with one out.

The Vikings fell to 10-25 overall and 3-4 in the Big Sky.

The Hornets are 18-11, 4-3 in conference play.

Games 2 and 3 of the three-game set will be on Saturday, with the first game starting at 1 p.m.

COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD

• Oregon State's Saskia McNairy was 10th out of 18 competitors after the first day of the heptathlon at the Jim Click Multi Events in Tucson, Arizona. She totaled 2,960 points in four events.

Teammate Clair Corbitt was 16th with 2,604 points.

BLAZERS

HOUSTON 96, Portland 94

• After the host Rockets had blown a 24-point lead, and after the Blazers had made a 17-0 run late in the game, Chris Paul drove for a high-banking shot that broke a 94-94 tie with 0.8 seconds remaining.

CJ McCollum's 3-point try missed at the buzzer, leaving Portland — minus injured All-Star guard Damian Lillard (ankle) — with a loss that probably felt like a win.

McCollum led the Blazers (48-31) with 16 points.

Houston improved to 64-15, with Paul scoring 27 points and James Harden getting 24.

MARINERS

MINNESOTA 4, Seattle 2

•  The M's lost their second in a row and their opener of a three-game series on the road against the Twins.

Daniel Vogelbach led the Mariners' offense with two hits, including an RBI single.

Starter James Paxton gave up a tying, two-run home run in the sixth, and Minnesota went ahead with a Mitch Garver HR in the seventh off Dan Altavilla. In the eighth, Eddie Rosario homered off Nick Vincent.

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