MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Concordia sweeps WOU; Portland State men's tennis team qualifies for Big Sky tournament


• Oregon State's Luke Heimlich and Trevor Larnach earned top honors from the Pac-12 for their play last week at Missouri State.

Heimlich was named as the conference's Pitcher of the Week, and Larnach got the Player of the Week award.

Heimluch struck out 10 batters in six innings on Friday.

Larnach hit two home runs in that game and totaled four hits and five RBIs in a two-game sweep for OSU.

Concordia 5, WESTERN OREGON 4

Concordia 5, WESTERN OREGON 4 (11 innings)

• The Cavaliers, playing as the visiting team at their Porter Park, improed to 15-22 overall and 14-13 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, winnning one game resumed from Sunday and then in extra innings on Monday.

WOU fell to 15-15, 15-11 GNAC.

The day began with the teams picking up where they had left off, with the Cavaliers on top 5-2 in the fourth inning. Cavs reliever Dylan Diaz (2-4) struck out the last two batters to cap a four-inning, six-K stint.

The Cavaliers led the second game 4-1 going into the eighth inning, and Western Oregon had the potential winning run on third base in the ninth before Isaiah Hatch came out of the bullpen to get the third out.

Hatch pitched two scoreless innings, with WOU again getting a runner to third in the 10th. In the top of the 11th, Hatch doubled to lead off and scored on a single by Mitch Bevacqua.


• Missy Nunes of Oregon State has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for her exploits in a three-game sweep at Stanford.

She went 8 for 9 (.889), with two home runs, two doubles, seven RBIs and four runs scored. She walked twice and didn't strike out, and at third base she had a 1.000 fielding percentage.

• Loryn Williams of Oregon Tech, a junior from La Salle Prep, has been named Cascade Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week. She won three games last week, including two against ninth-ranked Southern Oregon.


• Portland State has earned its first true trip to the Big Sky tournament.

The Vikings earned a spot on Monday, when Southern Oregon lost to Northern Arizona.

PSU played in the conference championships in 2003, but that was only because the team was playing host to the event.

This time, the Viks made it by virtue of their 6-5 Big Sky record, their best-ever in the conference.

PSU, which will be either the fifth or sixth seed, will compete against No. 3 or No. 4 in the April 26 quarterfinals at the Phoenix Tennis Center in Arizona.


• The Portland State-Eastern Washington game — tentatively set for Saturday, Nov. 17 at Providence Park — will be the Root Sports Big Sky game of the week on live television.

The Vikings might have to move the game to Friday, Nov. 16.

Either way, it will be on Root Sports, with a kickoff time to be announced.


• Concordia's Melissa Ausman has been named the Women's Field Athlete of the Week by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The senior from Nyssa broke the GNAC discus record with a throw of 182 feet, 10 inches at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, California. That shattered her own mark, set the previous week, by 12 feet.


• Cammie Decker of Concordia is the GNAC player of the week for women's golf.

A sophomore from McNary High, she tied for 23rd in the Mustang Intercollegiate at Goodyear, Arizona, shooting a 4-over-par 148.


• Portland's Galen Rupp struggled early and dropped out of Monday morning's rainy, windy Boston Marathon between the 18th and 19th mile. Asthma problems hampered the Olympian from Central Catholic High, who was second in the race a year ago.

A former Oregon Ducks teammate, Shadrack Biwott, placed third.

Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won the 26.2-mile annual event in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 58 seconds.

In the women's race, four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan of Portland finished sixth. Former University of Oregon standout Jordan Hasay pulled out on Sunday because of a heel injury.

Desiree Linden became the first U.S. winner since 1985, finishing in 2:39:54.

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