Ducks crash March Madness party with runaway win over Huskies in Pac-12 tournament final
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Oregon 68, Washington 48
The sixth-seeded Oregon Ducks completed an unlikely late-season march to March Madness with a runaway victory over favored Washington, the top seed, in the finals of the Pac-12 tournament.
The win -- Oregon's fourth in four nights at the tourney -- gave coach Dana Altman and his players the conference's automatic berth.
The NCAA selection show is 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Ducks (23-12) dominated the second half of the Saturday night showdown, giving Oregon eight straight wins, including two each over regular-season champion Washington and runner-up Arizona State.
The Huskies (26-8) were 1-1 against the Ducks going into the conference tournament.
For Oregon, Payton Pritchard had 20 points (7 of 9 from the field), six rebounds, seven assists and four steals, scoring on a steal and dunk just before exiting near the end.
Pritchard, a junior guard from West Linn, was named MVP of the tournament.
Louis King added 15 points, and Paul White tallied 14.
Kenny Wooten blocked four shots to finish with a tournament-record 10.
Oregon led 28-26 after one half, with Pritchard at 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Ducks defense took over the rest of the way, with Washington's field-goal percentage dipping from 44 percent to 34 percent for the game. The Huskies shot 22.2 percent after the break.
• Tulane has chosen to replace former Trail Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy as its head coach.
Dunleavy, 64, spent three season at the helm of the Green Wave, going 6-25, 14-17 and 4-27.
Oregon State 7, UCLA 3
OSU evened its three-game series with some ninth-inning heroics.
In the top of the ninth, the Beavers broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single from Alex McGarry and two-run single by Adley Rutschman and one unearned run.
Third-ranked OSU improved to 13-2-1.
Second-ranked UCLA fell to 13-4.
The final game of the series, the first of the Pac-12 season, is noon Sunday.
Bryce Fehmel lasted 4 1/3 innings as the OSU starter. Brandon Eisert (5-0) relieved him and gave up no runs on three hits, with 10 strikeouts, over the remaining 4 2/3 innings.
UCLA scored in the second inning on Saturday. Rutschman tied the score with an RBI single in the third.
The Bruins grabbed a 3-1 lead on a double, triple and ground out, in that order, to open their half of the fifth.
Oregon State pulled even again in the seventh. A leadoff double by Joe Casey got things started. He came home on Wade Meckler's grounder to second. McGarry followed with a solo home run.
Washington 19, OREGON 3
The Huskies took a 5-0 lead with five runs in the third and went on to clinch a series victory, winning at PK Park for the second day in a row.
The Ducks came back with three runs in the bottom of the third, but Washington scored three times in the fifth and once in the sixth to regain command.
The Huskies totaled 17 hits to Oregon's seven (three by leadoff batter Sam Novitske).
UO starter Robert Ahlstrom (3-2) gave up seven runs (six earned) on five hits and three walks in four innings.
Oregon slipped to 10-6 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12, with Washington going to 11-4, 2-0.
The series finale is noon Sunday.
Portland 20, SAN FRANCISCO 2
What a difference a day makes. Less than 24 hours after losing their West Coast Conference opener 2-1 at USF, the Pilots bombed the Dons 20-2.
The Pilots are 15-5 overall. USF is 11-7.
The series concludes with a game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Portland took a 5-0 lead after two innings, then had two big innings, scoring eight runs in the third to go up 13-0 and finishing the onslaught with six runs in the eighth.
The Pilots did it all on 12 hits, with seven walks and four batters hit by pitch. Matt Kelly, Daniel Lopez and Trayce Tammaro all homered for UP. Kelly finished 3 for 4 with seven RBIs and three runs scored. His HR was a three-run shot in the second. Tammaro and Lopez had three RBIs apiece.
Kelly, who has five homers this season, had the most RBIs by a Pilot since Kory Casto also got seven in a 2003 game.
The 20 runs were the most for a Portland team since 2006 in a 20-13 victory at Oregon State and the most runs in a WCC game since UP beat Santa Clara 22-11 in 2002.
It also was the Pilots' largest margin of victory since they beat UC Davis 19-0 in 2006.
Starter Nate Packard (2-0) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings, with five strikeouts. Cameron Richman worked the final three innings for his first save of the season. He gave up one hit and no walks and fanned three.
WESTERN OREGON 7-11, Concordia 2-0
Trailing 2-1, WOU scored five runs in the fifth and went on to win the opener with 14 hits to four for the Cavs.
The hit counts were the same in the second game, with the Wolves scoring in each of the first five innings.
Concordia is 6-13 overall and 4-6 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. WOU is 9-3, 7-3.
The teams will meet again at 1 p.m. for the first of two games on Sunday.
Lewis & Clark 3-7, PACIFIC LUTHERAN 11-0
Dominic Monozon hurled a six-hit, no-walk, seven-strikeout shutout to help L&C win the second game and post its first league victory of the season.
Ryan Ericksen, Jack Thomson, Justin Katona and Jacob Serafini each had two hits in that game for the Pioneers, with Serafini driving in three runs. Cooper Larson homered and had two RBIs.
The Pioneers 2-15 overall and 1-10 in the Northwest Conference.
Pacific Lutheran is 13-6, 5-3.
The teams will play another doubleheader at PLU starting at 11 a.m. Sunday.
ARIZONA 8, Oregon 0 (5 innings)
The Ducks lost their eighth game in a row.
Oregon fell to 11-12 overall and 0-2 in Pac-12 action while the 12th-ranked Wildcats improved to 20-7, 2-0.
The series wraps up with a game at noon Sunday.
UA took the lead with a three-run, first-inning home run against Jordan Dail (9-7).
The Ducks were outhit 9-3, with singles by Allee Bunker, Haley Cruse and April Utecht.
ARIZONA STATE 18, Oregon State 2 (5 innings)
The Sun Devils made amends for a 5-1 loss in Friday's series opener, burying the Beavers with 11 runs in the third inning.
Starter Meehra Nelson exited after giving up six runs in 2 2/3 innings. Reliever Nerissa Eason then gave up five hits and six runs (there earned) without recording an out.
The Beavers scored in the second on Maia Rader's RBI double and in the fifth on a homer by Shelby Weeks.
OSU fell to 16-6 overall. No. 17 ASU is 20-8.
The teams will play their final game of the series at noon Sunday.
Portland State 6, North Dakota 3
SEATTLE 3, Portland State 0
At the Seattle University Invite, the Vikings split a pair of games, falling in the afternoon to the host Redhawks.
PSU is 9-13.
The Viks snapped a three-game losing streak with their morning victory over UND. Katie Schroeder (5-5) tossed a no-walk six-hitter with four strikeouts. All three runs North Dakota runs were unearned — and all six PSU runs were unearned. Seven Vikings had a hit, and Rachel Menlove drove in two runs.
PSU mustered only three hits against Seattle, all singles, to go with one walk.
On Sunday, Portland State will face North Dakota (13-16) at 10 a.m. and Seattle (16-9) at 3 p.m.
Concordia 5-8, NORTHWEST NAZARENE 6-2
Concordia salvaged the finale of the four-game series at Nampa, Idaho, scoring five runs in the second inning to take a 5-1 lead and holding NNU scoreless over the final five innings.
Hannah Self homered in the nightcap and had two RBIs, as did Mckenzie Smith, who went the distance to raise her season record to 5-4. She gave up six hits.
The Cavaliers had dropped two to the defending league champion Nighthawks on Friday. The results Saturday left them at 10-12 overall and 3-5 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
LEWIS & CLARK 3-6, Willamette 0-4
The Pioneers swept at home, getting nine hits in each game and holding the Bearcats to nine total.
Olivia Brackin homered and Savannah Dickson (4-3) pitched a five-hit shutout in the opener.
Brackin and Frankie Waden homered in the nightcap, with Warden going 3 for 3. Megan Anderson (1-5) picked up the win, allowing four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Dickson got the final two outs for her first save of the season.
Brackin has five HRs this year.
Overall, the Pioneers are 5-9. In the Northwest Conference, they are 3-7.
Willamette fell to 0-10, 0-5.
Another doubleheader is set for noon Sunday, with Lewis & Clark playing host to Willamette.
COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS
Yale 5, Portland 2
Despite wins in the top two singles spots, the Pilots fell at Sacramento, California.
Yale junior Dylan King, a former star at Grant High, lost in the No. 1 spot 75-, 6-4 to UP's Sema Pankin.
The Bulldogs improved to 10-5. The Pilots dropped to 5-7.
Lewis & Clark 6, WHITWORTH 3
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS
Whitworth 5, LEWIS & CLARK 4
Portland 3, SAN ANTONIO FC 1
Marvin Loria had two goals for the first time in his career lead T2 to the road victory.
Portland improved to 1-0-1 in USL Championship play.
San Antonio fell to 0-2-0.
Before the game, T2 announced the signing of former Timbers defender Roy Miller, 34.
Starters for Portland: Jake Leeker in goal, Harold Hanson, Modou Jadama, Miller, Marco Farfan, Todd Wharton, Renzo Zambrano, Loria, Eryk Williamson, Ryan Sierakowski and Foster Langsdorf.
Langsdorf fed Wharton for a tap-in goal in the 18th minute to give Portland a 1-0 lead.
San Antonio got even in the 28th minute on a penalty kick by former Timber Jack Barmby.
Loria drove home a shot off a loose ball just outside the penalty box to give T2 a 2-1 lead in the 32nd minute.
The third T2 goal came from Loria in the 78th minute. Wlliamson notched an assist.
Leeker finished with four saves.
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