Beavers blanked, Ducks fall, UCLA wins Pac-12 baseball title
USC 2, OREGON STATE 0
Host Oregon State dropped the opener of its final Pac-12 series against USC and was eliminated from conference title contention.
The Beavers slipped to 35-17-1 overall and 20-7 in league. USC rose to 24-28-1, 12-14-1.
OSU senior Bryce Fehmel (7-3) pitched 6 1/3 innings, with two unearned runs allowed and two strikeouts.
Junior Andy Armstrong was 2 for 3 with a double, ahd junior shortstop Beau Phillip doubled in the third inning, as the Beavers generated only three hits.
USC scored in the second and fifth innings. That was all the Trojans needed thanks largely to stellar pitching from John Beller (2-2), who fanned nine in seven innings.
Game 2 of three is 6 p.m. Friday at Goss Stadium.
• The Beavers' Jacob Melton, a 6-3 outfielder from South Medford High, signed a letter-of-intent for the 2020. As a freshman at Linn-Benton Community College, Melton batted .382 with three home runs, 38 RBIs and 16 stolen bases, guiding LBCC to a 30-9 record.
UCLA 4, OREGON 2
Oregon lost its opener to No. 1-ranked UCLA, which clinched the Pac-12 championship.
The Ducks fell to 27-28, 10-18, while the Bruins climbed to 46-8, 23-5.
Junior third baseman Spencer Steer became Oregon's all-time leader in career and single-season RBIs in the loss at PK Park.
Junior Ryan Garcia (9-0) pitched seven innings for UCLA, notching six strikeouts and giving up both UO runs. Sophomore Holden Powell got the save. Ducks sophomore Robert Ahlstrom (5-7) was stuck with the loss but struck out nine batters in 7 1/3 innings while giving up three runs.
Ahlstrom had a walk in the second that came back to haunt him, with back-to-back singles bringing the runner home for the first score of the game. A pair of doubles the next inning made the score to 2-0.
Steer doubled in the third to bring around freshman left fielder Tanner Smith and break the RBI record. A pair of fielder's choices brought Steer home to tie the game at 2-2.
After Ahlstrom was pulled in the eighth for junior reliever Ryne Nelson, UCLA junior first baseman Michael Toglia hit a home run for UCLA's 4-2 lead.
Oregon and UCLA play the second of their three-game set at 6 p.m. Friday.
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
Oregon, Oregon State, Portland and Portland State all had athletes competing on the first day of the NCAA West Preliminary at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California.
The Ducks had five athletes qualify for nationals and 15 move on to the quarterfinals. In the 10,000 meters, juniors Weronika Pyzik (33 minutes, 41.35 seconds) and Cradama Baez (33:40.95) finished sixth and fifth, respectively, to advance.
In field events, junior Max Lydum qualified in the hammer with a throw of 210 feet, 6 inches. Junior Rhea Foster qualified in the long jump (20-6.5) for the third time in as many years, and sophomore Keira McCarrell threw the javelin 158-0 to qualify as well.
Oregon State junior Ann Wingeleth, who high jumped 5-8.75 inches for 10th place, earned a spot in the NCAA championships.
Of 10 Pilots in action on Thursday, senior Taryn Rawlings (4:15.06) finished second in the 1,500 to move on to the quarterfinals.
Five runners competed in the men's 10,000 for Portland. Junior Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse (29:46.65) was the top finisher at 28th.
Portland State junior Kaila Gibson (34:35.87) did not finish high enough to advance but beat her ranking with a 21st-place finish in the women's 10,000. She was highest finisher from the Big Sky and was the first Viking ever to qualify for the NCAA West Prelims in the 10K.
Events begin again at noon Friday.
• Concordia seniors Giovanni Brown and Chelsea Bone were 13th and 15th, respectively, in the decathlon and heptathlon after the opening day of the NCAA Division II championships at Kingsville, Texas.
Brown's best event was the 400. He finished seventh in 52.08. He had 3,372 points, nearly 600 points behind leader Alexandros Spyridonidis of Angelo State (3,942) with five events left.
Bone failed to clear a bar in the high jump, but bounced back with a seventh-place shot put of 33-8 3/4 and a 13th-place time of 26.62 in the 200. She wound up with 1,242 points with three events remaining and was well behind the leader, Lauren Huebner of Saginaw Valley State (3,139).
Day two of events begin tomorrow for Brown and Concordia senior Sam Nichols competes Friday in the men's discus, while senior Easton Christensen and freshman Dalton Rasmussen will be in the men's javelin.
Skylar Fulton has been hired as the wide receivers coach at Portland State.
Fulton, 38, was an assistant with the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers the past two seasons, including as wide receivers coach last season.
Fulton played at Arizona State (2001-03). He was the Sun Devils' offensive MVP as a senior, with 62 receptions for 901 yards and 10 touchdowns.
PSU assistant coach Evan Mozzochi, who was the quarterbacks and receivers coach, will coach QBs and tight ends and take on an advanced role in recruiting.
Former tight ends coach AC Patterson was hired by the Minnesota Vikings.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
The Portland State women will play at Boise State at 6 p.m. PT on Nov. 8 in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. It will be the first time either team has played in the tournament.
On the Vikings' side of the bracket, the second round is Nov. 10, the semifinals Nov. 14 and finals on Nov. 17. Win or lose, Preseason WNIT teams play at least three games in the tourney.
The Vikings won the 2019 Big Sky tournament, finished 25-8 and lost to Oregon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Broncos (28-5) won the Mountain West regular-season and tournament titles and lost in overtime to Oregon State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Former Oregon Ducks Wyndham Clark and Ben Crane had slow starts in the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.
Crane shot a 5-over-par 75 to tie for 106th after the first round, and Clark was tied for 112th with a 76.
Tony Finau took a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Roger Sloan, firing a 64.
Former Jesuit High golfer Scott Harrington opened with a 2-over 74 and was tied for 100th in the Evans Scholars Invitational at Glenview, Illinois.
Tyler McCumber grabbed first place with a 65.
Portland native Peter Jacobsen and Corvallis native Bob Gilder were well off the pace after one round of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Rochester, New York.
Jacobsen shot a 10-over 80. Gilder had a 79. That left them tied for 141st and tied for 130th, respectively.
Scott Parel's 66 gave him a one-stroke lead over Retief Foosen, Ken Tanigawa and Marco Dawson.