Hops lose, but clinch NWL playoff berth
Boise 4, HILLSBORO 1
The Hops clinched their Northwest League-record sixth consecutive playoff berth when Salem-Keizer won 6-5 at Eugene.
It'll be Hillsboro vs. Salem-Keizer in the NWL South Division postseason matchup, after the remaining five regular-season games for each club.
The Hops are 20-13 in the second half and lead the Volcanoes (17-16), but Salem-Keizer already had the other division playoff spot by virtue of winning the first half. Eugene fell to 15-18.
The Hops were outhit 8-4 Wednesday night at Ron Tonkin Field as they played at home for the first time since Aug. 19 and opened their final homestand (a three-game series with the Hawks).
Boise (11-22) broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth inning before a crowd of 3,384.
Deyni Olivero (7-3), the second of four Hops pitchers, gave up the runs in a four-inning stint in which he allowed five hits and a walk, while striking out two.
Hillsboro scored on an RBI single by shortstop Liover Peguero.
Third baseman Tristin English was 2 for 4 with a double for the Hops.
Game two of the series is 7 p.m. Thursday.
Portland's Lara Tennant is back in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur finals, looking for her second consecutive title.
Tennant will have an 18-hole rematch with Sue Wooster of Australia; Tennant won 3 and 2 a year ago in Vero Beach, Fla.
On Wednesday, fifth-seeded Tennant advanced with a 5 and 4 semifinals win over No. 24 Patricia Ehrhart of Honolulu while No. 34 Wooster eliminated Caryn Wilson of Rancho Mirage, California, 1-up in the 56th Senior Women's Am and at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Country Club.
In the Wednesday morning quarterfinals, Tennant downed No. 13 Lynne Cowan of Rocklin, Calif., 5 and 4, and Wooster nipped Ireland's Laura Webb 1-up.
CONCORDIA 3, Multnomah 0
On their home floor, the Cavaliers won 25-11, 25-19, 25-11 in a season-opening exhibition. Senior Jessica Wheeler led the Cavs with 11 kills and seven digs, and Kahua Tilton had 26 assists. CU hit .443 to MU's .014
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Former college player Ashley Claussen is the new director of basketball operations and analysis for Portland State. She'll work under her former Southern Oregon coach, Lynn Kennedy, now head of the Viks.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS
Oregon has signed Myah Petchey of South Africa and Thailand's Plobrung Plipuech for the 2019-20 season. Petchey is a London native. Plipuech spent last season as a sophomore at Kansas.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S LACROSSE
Sophomore midfielder Brooke Rooney has arrived at Oregon via transfer after playing last year for Noth Carolina. She is from Plaistow, New Hampshire.
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