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SATURDAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP/Ducks win finale, 2-0, at California; Oregon State-Utah game called off



COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Oregon 2, CALIFORNIA 0

• The No. 2-ranked Ducks captured the outright Pac-12 championship on the final day of the regular season.

It was Oregon's fifth conference title in the past six years; the Ducks lost to Arizona by a half-game last season.

Oregon improved to 47-7 overall and 21-3 in the Pac-12, claiming their 13th win in a row.

No. 1 UCLA, which could have tied Oregon for the top spot (but lost two out of three to the Ducks), went extra innings at home in its regular-season finale against No. 6 Arizona State. The Bruins (50-4, 20-4 Pac-12 and Sun Devils were tied 1-1 in the eighth inning when Oregon got the final out at Berkeley, California. The Bruins went on to win, 2-1, on a walk-off home run in the ninth.

Oregon tallied two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a hit by Mia Camuso.

UO starter Maggie Balint allowed one hit and one walk in three innings, then gave way to Miranda Elish (20-1). She struck out the side in the seventh to cap a four-inning stint in which she allowed two hits.

Oregon State at Utah, cancelled

• The third and final game of the series was cancelled after a lengthy weather delay before its start at Sale Lake City.

OSU will await Sunday's 7 p.m. NCAA selection show, expecting to make the postseason with its 28-26 record and 9-14 Pac-12 mark.

• The Pac-12 released its all-conference team, and UO junior Megan Kleist was named Pitcher of the Year.

Kleist (20-5, 0.96) joined three teammates on the all-Pac 12 first team: pitcher Miranda Elish, catcher Gwen Svekis and third baseman Jenna Lilley.

Lilley and second baseman Lauren Lindvall were voted All-Defense, along with Oregon State infielder Camryn Ybarra.

Mary Iakopo and Lauren Burke of Oregon were on the All-Freshman team, as was OSU's Hope Brandner, Mariah Mazon, Missy Nunes and Ybarra.

Iakopo, Lindvall, DJ Sanders and Alexis Mack made the all-league second team.

The third team had Oregon's Haley Cruse and three Oregon State players — Brandner, Mazon and Alysha Everett.

Portland State vs. North Dakota, cancelled

The Vikings' Big Sky tournament game and the rest of the tourney was cancelled due to inclement weather, and the conference declared the highest-remaining seed, No. 1 Sacramento State, the winner. Sac State will advance to the NCAA tournament.

The double-elimination tournament ended with the Hornets 2-0, Northern Colorado 2-1 and PSU and North Dakota each 1-1.

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