FRIDAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP/Oregon State claims series opener at Stanford; Concordia splits with Western Oregon



• Third-ranked Oregon took its series opener against No. 7 ASU at Tempe, Arizona.KLEIST

Megan Kleist (13-4) allowed three hits and no walks in seven innings, with 10 strikeouts for UO.

The Ducks scored first, getting two runs in the fifth inning, one on an error and then one on Shannon Rhodes' single.

Mary Iakopo hit a two-run home run in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.

Jenna Lilley added an HR in the seventh.

Oregon climbed to 8-2 in the Pac-12 and 33-6 overall.

Arizona State dropped to 7-4, 33-6.

Game 2 is 6 p.m. Saturday, with the third and final matchup of the series at noon Sunday.

Oregon State 4, STANFORD 1

• The Beavers never trailed in claiming the series opener on the road.

Mariah Mazon (10-10) went the distance, allowing five hits without a walk while striking out five.

Missy Nunes gave OSU a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the second inning. Hope Brandner's third-inning homer made it 3-0. Jessica Garcia tripled in the Beavers' other run, in the fifth.

Stanford scored in the seventh.

OSU raised its record to 5-8 Pac-12, 22-17 overall, and the Cardinal slumped to 2-8, 21-17.

The middle game of the series is 5 p.m. Saturday, and the finale is noon Sunday.

Portland State at Northern Colorado

• Both ends of a scheduled Friday doubleheader were called off due to cold weather. The teams are slated to play a doubleheader at noon PT Saturday.

WESTERN OREGON 3, Concordia 0

Concordia 7, WESTERN OREGON 5

• After managing just three hits in the opener, the host (but visiting team) Cavaliers scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to go ahead 7-4 in the nightcap, then held off the Wolves for a split at CU.

Jordan Smith-Imes, from Roosevelt High, had a two-out, two-run single that gave Concordia a 6-4 lead.

Tori Muir, from Lincoln High, gained the win in two innings of relief work, allowing three hits and one run with two strikeouts.

The Cavs are 17-19 overall and 4-10 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

WOU is 21-19, 9-9 GNAC.

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