Oregon State wallops San Diego; Pilots knock off Huskies
Oregon State 19, San Diego 6 (7 innings)
• One night after scoring 23 runs, No. 2-ranked OSU mercy-ruled the Toreros for the second consecutive game.
The NCAA allows officials and coaches to stop play after seven innings if one team is ahead by more than 10 runs.
OSU scored 13 runs in the first two innings. Catchers Adley Rutschman — who played first base on Tuesday — and Troy Claunch each hit a three-run home run in the second inning.
The Beavers added three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Six of OSU's 14 hits were for extra bases. Outfielder Trevor Larnach and third baseman Michael Gretler also homered. Larnach's HR was his 17th of 2018.
Freshman left-hander Joshua Chamberlain got the start for OSU (40-8-1, 16-7-1 Pac-12). He pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball before giving way to junior left-hander Sam Tweedt. Tweedt, a Salem native, surrendered three runs in two innings but picked up his first win of the season, with no losses.
Sophomore Brandon Eisert of Aloha High and junior Dylan Pearce combined to throw the final 1 2/3 innings.
USD fell to 23-31.
OSU opens a three-game series at USC (23-20, 11-16) at 7 p.m. Friday at Dedeaux Field.
• Oregon State senior Luke Heimlich was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Pitcher of the Week.
The left-hander struck out 14 in eight innings against then-No. 2 Stanford in a 6-2 win on Friday. Heimlich is 12-1 with 115 strikeouts and was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for the third time in 2018.
He is projected to start the Beavers' series opener at USC on Friday.
Portland 6, WASHINGTON 4
• A grand slam from senior first baseman Ryan Hoogerwerf and lights-out relief pitching paced UP past the Huskies in Seattle.
With Portland leading 2-1 in the fifth inning, Hoogerwerf sent a two-strike, two-out fastball from Huskies right-hander Dylan Lamb over the left-field fence.
UW answered with a run off Pilots senior Tate Budnick in the bottom of the inning and tagged the senior for two more runs to start the seventh, but the Pilots allowed only one hit the rest of the way.
Pilots right-handers Christian Peters and Eli Morse, a Cleveland High graduate, fired scoreless seventh and eighth innings.
Closer Connor Knutson (3-2, 3.00) picked up his eighth save of 2018 after pitching the ninth inning.
Junior right-hander Cameron Richman started for UP and limited the Huskies to one run over four innings. Budnick improved to 5-1.
Junor outfielder Cody Hawken homered in the second inning for Portland.
UP climbed to 21-28 while UW dropped to 25-22.
The Pilots (10-14 in the West Coast Conference) open their final WCC series against first-place Pepperdine (28-19, 16-8) at 3 p.m. Friday in Malibu, California.
COLLEGE MEN'S GOLF
• Oregon remained in sixth place at the NCAA Stockton regional after shooting 5-under-par 283 at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
The Ducks improved on their first-day total by six strokes but were still tied with Colorado at 4-under572 and three strokes behind fifth-place TCU going into Wednesday's final round.
The top five finishers will advance to the NCAA championships.
Oregon sophomore Norman Xiong fired a bogey-free 67 and was second at 9-under 135, one shot behind Stanford's Brandon Wu, who also had a 67.
Also for the Ducks, junior Edwin Yi, freshman Kevin Geniza and freshman Donald Kay shot 72, while junior Ryan Gronlund shad a 74. Gronlund and Geniza were tied for 42nd at 146, with Yi at 147 and Kay at 152.
The Ducks are paired with TCU and Stanford for the final round, starting at 8 a.m.
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
• Northwest Christian basketball coach Luke Jackson announced his immediate resignation.
Jackson, a two-time Cascade Collegiate Conference coach of the year, cited business passions and family as reasons for his resignation.
He guided NCU to three NAIA Division II tournament appearances and averaged 20 wins per season, including a 28-win campaign in 2015-2016.
Assistant Eddie Alexander was named interim coach for the 2018-2019 season.
• Central Catholic High 5-10 outside hitter Camille Guerrero is one of five new players headed to Concordia University.
Guerrero was Mount Hood Conference player of the year and first team all-state for the league champions and Class 6A runner-up team.
Others signing with Concordia: Katelyn Brandenburg, a middle blocker from Kelso, Washington; Precious Helekahi, a setter from Hana, Hawaii; Kahua Tilton, who has been a setter, hitter and blocker at 5-10 and is from Kailua, Hawaii; and Emily Zink, a setter from Spokane, Washington.