SUNDAY, MAY 8
College baseball — Matthew Gretler and Jacob Melton each hit a two-run home run for all of the scoring as No. 2-ranked Oregon Stare beat Oregon 4-0 to complete a sweep of the three-game series in Corvallis and take all five games from the Ducks this season. Each team had four hits in the game, but the two home runs by the Beavers were the difference.
Melton was 3 for 4 for an otherwise quiet OSU offense. Brennan Milone had two of Oregon's four hits.
Jake Pfennings struck out six over five innings and Braden Boisvert and Brock Townsend each pitched two innings to finish the shutout. Jace Stoffal, who gave up the Gretler homer with one out in the fourth inning took the loss. …
Three two-out singles in the eighth inning plated three runs to earn the Portland Pilots a 4-3 win, completing a three-game sweep at Santa Clara. Portland is 26-17, 13-8 in third place in the West Coast. Conference. The 26th win of the season is the most under Geoff Loomis, who became coach in 2016, and the most since the Pilots went 27-25 in 2012.
Trace Tammaro and Nich Klemp had run-scoring singles in the eighth-inning rally. Sam Brown and Jake Holcroft each went 2 for 4 and Briley Knight hit a solo home run. Peter Allegro pitched 2.1 innings for the win in relief of Eli Morse.
Mariners 2, Rays 1 — Seattle rallied to halt a six-game losing streak as Abraham Toro hit a tying home run with one out in the ninth and Ty France singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to beat visiting Tampa Bay. George Kirby pitched six shutout innings in his major league debut for the Mariners, striking out seven and scattering four hits. Seattle (13-16) had lost 10 of its last 11 games.
Paul Sewald got the win, striking out Yandy Diaz with two on in the top of the 10th. In the bottom of the inning, after an intentional walk to Adam Frazier, France singled to left to plate designated runner Jared Kelenic from second with the winning run.
Emeralds 10, Hops 5 — Eugene scored all 10 runs in the final two innings to rally for the winning a game shortened to seven innings at PK Park because of rain.
Nitro lose in OT — The Colorado Summit scored as time expired in the second overtime to beat the Portland Nitro 24-23 at Providence Park. Leandro Marx scored six goals and totaled 872 yards throwing and receiving to lead Portland, which has a 1-1 record in American Ultimate Disc League play.
College softball — Stevie Hansen pitched a five-hitter and Allie Bunker homered as the Ducks closed the regular season with a 3-0 win at Stanford. Oregon (31-17, 10-14 Pac-12) awaits the May 15 announcement of NCAA Tournament spots.
Earthquakes II 3, T2 0 — At San Jose, Portland Timbers 2 fell to 0-3-2 in MLS NEXT Pro play.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
College baseball — Oregon State (37-9, 17-6 Pac 12) secured the Pac 12 series over rival Oregon (28-17, 13-9 Pac 12) on Saturday in Corvallis with an 8-7 win. The Ducks struck first with two runs in the second, but the Beavers responded with three runs in the bottom half.
Oregon tied it up in the top of the third, but OSU made its big run in the fourth with a three-run home run from Medford's own Jacob Melton. The Ducks weren't going down without a fight though, scoring two in the top of the fifth to pull within one at 6-5. OSU added another in the bottom half and one more in the seventh to go up 8-5.
Oregon tried to rally in the ninth, and almost pulled it off thanks to a two-run home run from Brennan Milone. Oregon went down in order after the big fly though to secure the 8-7 Beavers win. Melton finished with a 4 for 5 day and five RBI to lead OSU. The two finish the series at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Portland secured a series win on the road against Santa Clara with a 9-3 win. The game was tied at three going into the seventh when the Pilots plated three in the seventh and three more in the eighth while keeping the Broncos off the board. Portland out hit Santa Clara 15-4 thanks to Brock Gillis' 5.1 innings on the mound giving up three runs on three hits and West Linn's own Caleb Franzen pitching the final three frames giving up only one hit and striking out three. Evan Scavotto went 5 for 5 with three RBI and four runs scored.
College softball — No. 22 Oregon (30-17, 9-14 Pac 12) took care of Stanford (34-17, 9-11 Pac 12) on the road Saturday 5-1 thanks to some early offense. Hanna Delgado ran for a infield single that led to two runs in the second inning, two of all five runs scored in the first three innings. Makenna Kliethermes pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits.
Portland State had its series with Big Sky regular season champs Weber State completely canceled thanks to the rain in town, but did learn the draw for the upcoming conference tournament in which the Vikings are defending champs of. PSU earned the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 Montana in round one at noon May 11 in Ogden, Utah. The tournament is double-elimination and includes No. 1 Weber State, No. 2 Sacramento State, No. 4 Northern Colorado and No. 5 Idaho State.
Rays 8, Mariners 2 — Make that six consecutive losses for the flailing Mariners (12-16), who have also lost 10 of their last 11. Marco Gonzales went 5.1 innings with three runs allowed, two earned, on six hits and four walks. Still, Seattle had a chance only trailing 3-1 after the sixth inning. But Tampa Bay poured it on in the eighth with five runs, all coming off Mariners reliever Diego Castillo.
Hops win two in Eugene — Hillsboro won a couple tight matchups Saturday to even the series against Eugene. In game one, Spencer Brickhouse was the hero with a seventh inning double to score Cam Coursey (doubleheaders are seven-inning games). Jamison Hill started and went 4.2 innings giving up one run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Game two was another tight one that Hillsboro hung on to win 4-3 after the Emeralds scored one run in the bottom of the seventh looking for a comeback. Lyle Lin had what proved to be the game-winning RBI in the sixth on a single to left field. The series wraps up at 6:05 p.m. Sunday.
FRIDAY, MAY 6
College baseball — At Corvallis, Cooper Hjerpe and Ben Ferrer combined on a five-hitter with 16 strikeouts as Oregon State took the first of three games from rival Oregon.
A two-run double by Gavin Logan in the eighth turned a two-run game into a four-run lead for the Beavers, who won despite going 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position (Oregon was 0 for 7).
The Beavers had only six hits, but drew 11 walks from four Ducks pitchers, including three by Travis Bazzana who scored twice. …
Portland's Brett Gillis pitched a dominant eight innings as the Pilots won 9-0 at Santa Clara. Gillis (8-1) struck out 10 and allowed only two hits. Portland broke open the game with three runs in the seventh and added four in the ninth. Henry Muench went 2 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs for the Pilots (24-17, 11-8 West Coast Conference.
Brenner loses lawsuit — A jury on Friday ruled in favor of the NCAA in a lawsuit brought by former Oregon lineman Doug Brenner.
Brenner was suing for $100 million in punitive damages stemming from injuries he sustained during a 2017 workout when Willie Taggart was the Ducks' coach.
A 12-person jury voted that, while the NCAA was negligent, it was not responsible for Brenner's injuries because it doesn't have specific rules/restrictions about overexerting athletes during workouts.
A University of Oregon spokesperson told ESPN on Friday that it reached a $500,000 settlement with Brenner relating to his hospitalization. ESPN reported that as part of that settlement, Brenner will dismiss lawsuits naming Taggart (now coach at Florida Atlantic) and former Oregon conditioning coach Irele Oderinde.
Brenner's attorneys indicated plans to appeal Friday's decision, according to ESPN.
The lawsuit stemmed from a workout that sent Brenner, tight end Cam McCormick and lineman Sam Poutasi to the hospital with rhabdomyolysis.
PTFC for Peace impact — The Portland Timbers and Thorns raised a total of $579,448 for UNICEF's relief efforts in Ukraine through the PTFC For Peace charity match played April 27 at Providence Park. The unique match teamed players from the Thorns and Timbers on two teams for a 60-minute match. The total includes $36,522 raised through an online auction of player-signed items from the match and a $100,000 donation from the club.
Rays 8, Mariners 7 — Manuel Margot's three-run homer in the top of the ninth rallied visiting Tampa Bay to the win. Paul Sewald gave up one-out singles to Randy Arzarena and Brandon Lowe before the homer.
Eugenio Suarez homered twice, scored three times and knocked in three for the Mariners.
Emeralds 1, Hops 0 — Hillsboro (11-12) allowed only one Eugene hit, but the host Emeralds (12-9) scored the only run thanks to two walks and three wild pitches in the eighth inning.
Hillsboro starter Ross Carter struck out 10 in five innings, but the Hops fanned a club-record 19 times and were shut out for the sixth time this season.
Kenny Moore dies — Former Oregon distance running All-American, Olympian and author Kenny More died on Wednesday, May 4 at the age of 78 at his home in Hawaii.
A key runner for Ducks' teams that won NCAA outdoor track and field championships in 1964 and 1965, Moore twice ran the Olympic marathon, finishing 14th in 1968 and fourth in 1972.
Other running accomplishments included winning the famed San Francisco Bay to Breakers race a record six consecutive years (1968-73), a USA Cross Country Championships win in 1967 and the USA Marathon Championship winner in 1971.
Moore won awards for his coverage of track and field for Sports Illustrated magazine and authored the 2007 book "Bowerman and the Men of Oregon."
College softball — Stanford hit solo home runs in the second and third innings and beat visiting Oregon 3-0. The Ducks (29-17, 8-14 Pac-12) had only two hits.
PSU men's basketball — Jorell Saterfield, a 6-foot-4 perimeter player, has joined Portland State men's basketball as a transfer from UTEP. A Chicago native, Saterfield is the ninth new player to sign with the Vikings for next season and will be have two seasons of eligibility.
PSU women's basketball — Ashley Bolston, who helped Portland State to the 2019 Big Sky tournament championship (as tourney MVP) is returning to the Vikings as an assistant coach for Chelsey Gregg. Bolston spent last season as an assistant coach at McNeese State under former PSU coach Lynn Kennedy. The South Medford High grad played three seasons at Portland State (2016-19) and her 1,334 points rank ninth on the program scoring list.
College women's tennis — No. 18 Michigan beat Oregon 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan won two of three close doubles matches to claim that point and won the first three singles matches to clinch the win. The Ducks' 15-9 record is their best since 2005.
Watch for on Saturday — The shorthanded Portland Timbers will shoot to score a goal for the first time in a month when they visit the New York Red Bulls (4 p.m. on Fox 12 Plus). …
• The Portland Winterhawks open their Western Conference semifinal playoff series against Seattle at 6 p.m. in Kent, Washington. Game 2 is 5 p.m. Sunday in Portland's Veterans' Memorial Coliseum.
THURSDAY, MAY 5
Khalid Thomas trying 3x3 — Portland State standout and West Linn alum Khalid Thomas might be representing USA on the world stage soon. The former Viking from Salem is an invitee to for the USA Basketball 3x3 team this week in Springfield, Massachusetts, coached by Fran Fraschilla. The invite is in preparation for the USA Basketball Red Bull 3X Nationals May 13-15, followed by the 2022 FIBA 3x3 World Tour which starts in May and ends in December.
Rays 4, Mariners 3 — Seattle (12-14) couldn't quite recover from the four runs given up to visiting Tampa Bay (16-10) in the fourth inning Thursday. Mike Zunino smashed a three-run home run to put the Rays up 4-0, then Seattle responded by scoring run a piece in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, including home runs from Jesse Winker and Adam Frazier. Robbie Ray took the loss allowing the four runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Seattle is now on a four-game losing streak and has lost eight of its last nine.
Hops rained out — Hillsboro second game in Eugene this week was canceled due to rain and won't be made up. The series continues 7:35 p.m. Friday.
Ducks add transfer — Oregon men's basketball coach Dana Altman announced Thursday the Ducks are adding Colorado transfer Keeshawn Barthelemy, a 6-foot-2 guard. The former Buff started 28 of 33 games last season for Colorado, averaging 11.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. His highest scoring game last season was a 19-point performance in Eugene against the Ducks.
"Keeshawn will add valuable Pac 12 experience to our backcourt, and we are really excited to add him to the team," Altman said in a press release. "He has shown tremendous improvement in his first two seasons, and we expect him have a real impact on the team."
Barthelemy is from Montreal and used to be AAU teammates with current Ducks player Quincy Guerrier as well.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
Thorns match rescheduled — Portland's visit to North Carolina will happen at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The match was scheduled for this Saturday, May 7. But the Courage will instead host the Washington Spirit for the NWSL Challenge Cup title.
The next match for the Thorns is Friday, May 13 at home against the rival OL Reign.
The Reign lost a penalty kick shootout on Wednesday at Washington in the Challenge Cup semifinals. North Carolina won 2-1 at Kansas City in Wednesday's other semifinal.
• Also on Wednesday, the club announced that Fox 12 Plus (KPDX) will televise seven Portland Thorns matches, including pre-game and post-game shows, during the 2022 regular season.
Most of the Thorns' matches will be broadcast in some way, including on Twitch, Paramount+ and CBSSN
The Fox 12 Plus slate starts when expansion Angel City FC plays at Providence Park, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3.
The other Fox 12 Plus broadcasts: at Houston, June 12; Orlando, June 19; San Diego, Aug. 27; at KC Current, Sept. 18; Chicago, Sept. 25; at NJ/NY Gotham FM, Oct. 1.
Houston 7, Mariners 2 — Seattle scored two runs, after being shut out in the first two games of the series, but Houston finished off the sweep of the three-game home series.
Alex Bregman had three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored for Houston (14-11). Justin Verlander allowed five hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Matt Brash (1-3, 7.65 ERA) took the loss. Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer off Verlander.
The Astros outscored the Mariners 14-2 in the series.
The Mariners (12-13), who have lost seven of their past eight games, return to T-Mobile Park to play Tampa Bay, starting Thursday.
Eugene 7, Hillsboro 6 — The Emeralds (11-9) held on to beat the visiting Hops (11-11), who scored two runs on Spencer Brickhouse's homer in the ninth inning to make it close.
Hillsboro's Tim Tawa went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He hit a two-run homer.
Casey Schmitt hit two of Eugene's four homers.
Timbers2 add pair — Portland Timbers2 have signed midfielder Johan Hinestroza from Colombia and goalkeeper Noah Lawrence out of Ohio State.
Portland's entry in the new MLS Next Pro league has two draws and three losses. T2 visit San Jose on May 8 to take on Earthquakes II. T2's only home match this month is on May 15 at Hillsboro Stadium against Sporting KC II.
Sounders win CCL title — Seattle became the first Major League Soccer club to win the Concacaf Champions League, beating Mexico's Puma UNAM 3-0 on Wednesday as a record Concacaf crowd of more than 78,000 watched at Lumen Field. Mexican clubs had won the previous 16 versions of the regional tournament.
The 3-0 win Wednesday came after the clubs played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg one week ago in Mexico.
The triumph means the Sounders will represent the region (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) in the next Club World Cup tournament, the dates for which are still to be determined.
Seattle's win is being hailed around MLS as a significant achievement for the league. This result is evidence that improved investment in roster building around MLS has narrowed the gap with Liga MX, though it remains to be seen if it has longer-term impact on how the league is viewed around the world.
And, of course, for Timbers fans, watching their rival win another trophy probably takes the shine off of any MLS/American soccer pride.
TUESDAY, MAY 3
College baseball — Despite outhitting No. 2 Oregon State (35-9) 6-4, No. 24 Oregon (28-16) fell 2-0 in Eugene thanks to a couple late runs from the Beavers. Tanner Smith hit a sac fly in the seventh and Justin Boyd followed that up with a solo home run in the eighth. Jaren Hunter went five strong innings for OSU, giving up only three hits while Brock Townsend replaced him and pitched 1.1 innings to pick up the win. The two begin their official Pac 12 series at 7 p.m. on Friday in Corvallis.
Astros 4, Mariners 0 — Seattle (12-12) is yet to score in the current series at Houston (13-11), dropping game two 4-0 after losing 3-0 on Monday. The Mariners had four total hits, two coming from Ty France. Chris Flexen went five innings, giving up one run on only two hits, one being a solo home run from Yordan Alvarez in the fourth.
OSU men's hoops adds to bench — The Beavers added one more to the men's basketball coaching staff Tuesday in Tim Shelton, son of former OSU standout Lonnie Shelton. Shelton, 32, was an assistant coach at Fresno State last four seasons and spent the six years prior at San Diego State and will also be an assistant in Corvallis.
"We are thrilled to be adding Tim to the staff," Tinkle said. "He is a rising young coach who will bring a ton of talent to our program and university. He comes from an incredible coaching tree with his time at San Diego State and Fresno State. He'll be great on and off the court for us and will have Beaver Nation fired up immediately."
Grant football hire — Grant High football announced Alex Melson as its next head coach Tuesday. Melson takes over for John Beck who resigned this offseason after four seasons leading the Generals.
Melson is a Grant alum and played defensive back at Western Oregon from 2008-2012 after graduating from high school. Melson has eight years of coaching experience, including the last four seasons as Beck's defensive coordinator.
Ducks golfer another honor — Sophomore Hsin-Yu Lu brought home another Pac 12 Golfer of the Month award for Oregon women's golf. She won the individual Pac 12 title on April 20, shooting 6-under par for the tournament. Her and the Ducks will compete at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional on May 9-11 as the top seed. Twelve teams will compete for four spots in the NCAA Championships coming up May 20-25 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
MONDAY, MAY 2
WHL playoffs — After sweeping Prince George in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs, the Portland Winterhawks played a waiting game to see if their second opponent would be Seattle or Kamloops.
On Monday, it was determined that the Hawks would play rival Seattle in the next round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Top seed Everett, battling injuries, was eliminated by the Vancouver Giants in six games, after the Giants won 6-3 in Game 6 on Monday.
Portland and Seattle will battle in the conference semifinals; the Winterhawks have home ice against Seattle, but Game 1 was going to be played on the Thunderbirds' ice at Kent, Washington because Veterans Memorial Coliseum was not available this week.
Game 1 is 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by Game 2 5 p.m. Sunday in Portland. Game 3 will also be Portland, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 and Game 4 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Seattle. The "if necessary" games: at Portland, May 14; at Seattle, May 16; at Portland, May 17.
Kamloops plays Vancouver in the other Western Conference semifinal.
Meanwhile, Portland's Taylor Gauthier was named WHL goalie of the week after the sweep of Prince George.
Houston 3, Mariners 0 — Seattle (12-11) lost for the fifth time in the past six games, as the host Astros shut them out. Jake Odorizzi and three relievers combined to allow only five hits.
Yordan Alvarez (solo) and Jeremy Pena (two-run shot) homered for Houston (12-11).
The Mariners play two more games at Houston, and then return home to play Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.
College baseball — It's rivalry week in the Willamette Valley. Oregon visits Oregon State for the rivals' Pac-12 series May 6-8. All three games from Goss Stadium at Coleman Field will be on Pac-12 Network. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Along with UCLA, Arizona and Stanford, the Beavers and Ducks are battling for the regular-season conference title.
The Portland Pilots, sitting fourth in the WCC, return to conference play with three games at Sant Clara.
College softball — After winning its series against rival Oregon State, Oregon concludes its regular season with games at Stanford May 6-8 then awaits its fate for the May 19-22 NCAA regional round.
Oregon State is idle. The Beavers string of losses, most of them by one run, has reached an improbable 10 games.
Portland State (26-16, 10-5 Big Sky) closes its regular season May 6-7 with three home games against Weber State in Hillsboro.
Pro baseball — The Hillsboro Hops are at Eugene May 3-8. They return to Ron Tonkin Field May 10-15 against Spokane.
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