No. 1 Ducks back on the diamond
The No. 1 Oregon Ducks softball team will take on No. 19 Kentucky in a best-of-three NCAA super regional this week in Eugene.
Game 1 of the super regional starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, with Game 2 at 8 p.m. Friday and Game 3, if necessary, at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The series winner advances to the eight-team Women's College World Series, May 31-June 5/6, at Oklahoma City.
The Ducks (50-7) and Wildcats (34-19) both went 3-0 as regional hosts last weekend. Oregon outscored its opponents by a combined 12-0, while Kentucky had a 28-1 edge.
Other super regionals include Arizona at UCLA, Alabama at Washington, and South Carolina at Arizona State.
Oregon State won twice in the Alabama regional to reach the championship round against the host Crimson Tide, then bowed out with a 6-0 loss. The Beavers finished 30-28.
• Oregon State's hopes of catching Stanford in the race for the Pac-12 baseball title took a serious hit with an 8-0 Sunday loss at USC that kept OSU from a weekend sweep.
Stanford is one win away from claiming the conference crowd. The Cardinal (21-6) will open their final regular-season series Thursday at Stanford. Oregon State (18-8-1) closes with a Thursday-Saturday set at home against UCLA, which swept Oregon last weekend. The nationally ranked Bruins improved to 18-9 in the Pac-12. The Ducks fell to 11-16, 25-17.
The second-best college baseball team in the state continued to look like the Portland Pilots. They took two out of three on the road against the West Coast Conference champions, Pepperdine. UP hadn't won a series against the Waves since 2011. The Pilots finished their WCC season tied for sixth at 12-15. They were 5-22 and 10th in 2017.
• It wasn't pretty, but the Portland Thorns ended a five-game winless streak with their 1-0 Saturday road victory over the Washington Spirit.
Ellie Carpenter scored by making a smart run out of midfield to arrive at the far post when a cross from Tobin Heath deflected off of Portland's Ana Crnogorcevic.
At 18 years and 22 days, the Australian national team defender became the youngest player to score a National Women's Soccer League goal.
The Thorns (3-3-3, 12) are in a three-way tie for third. They have a key opportunity to build on that win with home matches on Friday against the Utah Royals (2-1-5, 11) and on May 30 against league-leading North Carolina (7-0-2, 23), both 7:30 p.m. starts.
• OK, it wasn't a touchdown, but Portland's United Soccer League team posted a 7-3 win Friday over LA Galaxy II. Three of the seven goals came in stoppage time.
Foster Langsdorf scored the first hat trick in T2 history. The Vancouver, Washington, native scored both goals as Portland took a 2-0 halftime lead and added a penalty kick to make the score 3-1 in the second half.
He also won a battle and got the ball to Victor Arboleda to start the play that produced the goal, breaking a 3-3 tie.
T2 (6-3-2, 20) are fourth in the USL Western Conference. The team steps away from league play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to play host to German second-division club FC St. Pauli at Providence Park.
On Saturday, T2 will return to league play with a 2 p.m. match against Real Monarchs SLC at Providence Park.
• The Portland Fighting Shockwave women's tackle football team lost 6-0 Saturday at the Everett Reign. The Shockwave are 4-2, the Reign 5-1.
Lost fumbles and injuries hurt Portland. The Shockwave dressed only 21 players. Among the players not available were safety Megan Vanden Berg and fullback Yesenia Rodriguez.
Fighting Shockwave co-owner Rebecca Brisson said it probably has been at least a decade since the team lost consecutive games. She could not recall the last time her team failed to score in a game.
The Shockwave has a week off before playing its final home game of the season, against Everett at 6 p.m. on June 2 at Roosevelt High.
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