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FRIDAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP/Beavers pick up second win in a row at Utah; Portland State stays alive at Big Sky tourney

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Oregon 8, CALIFORNIA 3

• The Ducks clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title, beating the host Bears for the second day in a row.

No. 2-ranked Oregon improved to 46-7 overall and 20-3 in the Pac-12.

No. 24 Cal slipped to 34-18, 7-15.

No. 1-ranked UCLA won 5-1 against visiting No. 6 Arizona State. The Bruins are 49-4 overall and 19-4 in conference action.

One more Oregon win or UCLA loss would give give the Ducks the conference crown outright. If both Oregon and UCLA win their regular-season finales on Saturday, the Ducks also would get the title to themselves for the fifth time in six years.

Megan Kleist (20-5) of Oregon went the distance, allowing two earned runs on three hits. She struck out 10 and had no walks.

Cal scored first (on a wild pitch in the fourth inning), but Oregon tallied four runs in the top of the fifth to lead, 4-2. Alexis Mack's single tied the score, and Gwen Svekis later blasted a three-run home run.

The Bears came back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

But Oregon, which finished with 11 hits, responded with a four-run sixth, spiced by DJ Sanders' three-run home run.



Oregon State 9, UTAH 5

• In a seesaw battle, the Beavers clinched a series victory and made it two in a row at the Utes.

Utah, down 5-1, took the lead with five runs in the fourth inning. OSU came back with three runs in the fifth.

The Beavers had 12 hits to Utah's 11.

Hope Brandner was 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Beavs (28-26 overall and 9-14 in the Pac-12).

Meehra Nelson, who allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief, improved to 15-10.

Utah is 20-30, 2-21.

Portland State 4, Weber State 3

• In a game delayed for several hours by rain, the Vikings stayed alive at the Big Sky tournament in Ogden, Utah.

PSU's four second-inning runs held up with Alyssa Burk (13-14) scattering nine hits and giving up only one earned run. She walked one and struck out four.

Weber State, which was eliminated with its second loss, scored one run in the third inning and two in the bottom of the seventh, but left runners on first and third at the end and stranded eight runners in all.

The top two batters in the Portland State order, Marissa Bruno and Jessica Flanagan, each drove in two runs. Flanagan had a triple

PSU earned a spot in an 10:30 a.m. PT Saturday game. The Vikings, seeded fourth in the tournament, will face No. 3 North Dakota. The winner plays again at 1 p.m. PT Saturday against the loser of a Saturday morning game between No. 1 Sacramento State and No. 6 Northern Colorado. The winner of that game moves into Sunday's championship round for a shot an at automatic NCAA tournament berth.

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