Scoresheet: Oregon State softball advances to Super Regionals
SUNDAY, MAY 22
Oregon State softball advances — The Beavers beat host Tennessee twice on Sunday to advance to the Super Regionals at Stanford. It's the first time since 2006 that Oregon State has reached the Super Regionals.
In Sunday's first game, an 8-3 Oregon State win, Mariah Mazon homered, knocked in four runs and earned her 16th pitching win of the season. Kiki Escobar was 2 for 4 with three runs and Frankie Hammoude hit her 15th home run of the season.
The Beavers won the afternoon game 3-1. Mazon's sixth-inning two-run shot keyed that win.
Oregon softball eliminated — Host Arkansas used a six-run sixth inning to break open a tie game and beat the Ducks 9-3 Sunday morning. Oregon, which needed to beat the No. 4-seed Razorbacks twice Sunday to advance, finishes 33-18.
Pac-12 baseball — Oregon State is the No. 2 seed and Oregon No. 4 seed for the first Pac-12 Baseball Championship Tournament.
The double-elimination tournament at Scottsdale, Arizona, opens Wednesday, May 25 and concludes with the championship game at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29 (ESPN2). All games except the championship are on the Pac-12 Networks.
Oregon plays Arizona at 9 a.m. Wednesday to open the tournament. The Ducks swept three from the Wildcats to close the regular season.
Oregon State, which finished a game behind Stanford in the regular-season standings, opens against Washington at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Portland Pilots baseball — Despite dropping their final regular-season game, a 3-1 Sunday loss at Pepperdine, the Pilots (31-21, 17-10) finished second in the West Coast Conference standings and get a bye on the first day of the WCC Tournament.
The tournament in Stockton, California runs Wednesday, May 25 through Saturday, May 28. Portland's first game will be at 7 p.m. Thursday against an opponent to be determined.
AquaSox 8, Hops 3 — Everett completed a sweep of a five-game series against visiting Hillsboro. The Hops were missing four players and two coaches because of COVID protocols.
Roby Enriquez was 3 for 4 with a home run for the Hops. Mariners' prospect Noelvi Marte went 3 for 4 and scored twice.
Hillsboro (18-10) opens a six-game home series with Vancouver at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.
Red Sox 8, Mariners 4 — Boston completed a sweep of the reeling Mariners on a grand slam by Franchy Cordero on an 0-2 pitch from Andres Munoz with two outs in the bottom of the 10th.
Adam Frazier went 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs and Eduardo Suarez also homered for Seattle (17-25). Trevor Story homered for the fifth time in the four-game series for the Red Sox.
NCAA women's golf — No. 2 Oregon is positioned well to qualify for the match-play quarterfinals at the NCAA Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Ducks are second in stroke-play scoring entering Monday's final round. The top eight teams will play match-play quarterfinals on Tuesday. At 9-over as a team, Oregon is nine strokes behind Stanford, but have a 19-stroke cushion on the ninth-place team.
Nitro 26, Spiders 22 — At Oakland, Portland improved to 2-1 in the American Ultimate Disc League. Leandro Marx led the Nitro with seven goals, five assists and a 10 plus-minus.
St. Louis City 2 beats Timbers 2 — Dawson McCartney scored his first goal for T2, but Portland lost 3-1 to St. Louis in MLS NEXT Pro play at Edwardsville, Illinois.
SATURDAY, MAY 21
College softball — Oregon and Oregon State rode similar paths in the NCAA regionals on Saturday. The Ducks started with a 6-2 loss to regional host No. 4 Arkansas. Oregon matched the Razorbacks in hits with six each, but didn't score until it plated two in the seventh inning on a Tehya Bird pinch hit two run homer. Oregon took out Wichita State in the loser's bracket 8-1 to stay alive and will play Arkansas again at 11 a.m. Sunday. Oregon will need to beat the Razorbacks twice in order to advance.
Oregon State also lost its first game Saturday to its regional host in No. 11 Tennessee 3-0. The Beavers had only two hits in the shutout loss, but did hold the Lady Vols to only three hits. Tennessee scored all three of its runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run homer. The Beavers took out Ohio State in the loser's bracket after, winning 5-1 to advance to play Tennessee again. Mariah Mazon and Frankie Hammoude both hit a two-run home run each. OSU will play Tennessee at 11 a.m. needing to win and then beat the Vols again to advance to the Super Regionals.
Adley Rutschman gets the call — Sherwood local and former Oregon State baseball star Adley Rutschman was called up to the majors by the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. In his first game catching for the O's, Rutschman went 1 for 3 with a walk against Tampa Bay in Baltimore, the one hit being a seventh inning triple for his first MLB career knock.
College baseball — Oregon (35-21, 18-12 Pac 12) closed the season with a sweep of No. 25 Arizona in Eugene, taking game three 5-3. Tanner Smith and Bennett Thompson had a couple RBI each while Jace Stoffal pitched seven innings, giving up one run on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Oregon will play Arizona once again on Wednesday, May 25 in the Pac 12 tournament in Scottsdale.
No. 2 Oregon State closed the season on a high note, ending it's four-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over No. 23 UCLA in Corvallis. OSU scored five runs in the sixth to make the difference, highlighted by a three-run home run from Garret Forrester. The Beavers finished one game shy of Stanford for the Pac 12 regular season title. The Pac 12 tournament for OSU begins at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday against Washington.
Portland (31-20) dropped to Pepperdine (23-26) on the road 6-1 in the second to last game of the regular season. The Pilots lone run came in the seventh when Tony Boetto grounded out to second.
Everett 9, Hillsboro 4 — The Hops have dropped four in a row to Everett this week, this time thanks to three runs each in the fourth and fifth inning for the homestanding AquaSox. Kenny Hernandez allowed most of the damage, going five innings with seven earned runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Red Sox 6, Mariners 5 — Despite scoring four runs in the first inning, Seattle fell to Boston on the road Saturday. The Red Sox scored four themselves in the fifth inning to tie the game at five and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Chris Flexen struggled toward the end on the mound, allowing five runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Julio Rodriguez went 3 for 4 with a RBI.
Oregon women's golf — Oregon made a big move up the leaderboard on Saturday, going from seventh to second place with an even-par round. The Ducks sit at 9-over as a team, four strokes behind first place Stanford at 5-over. Tze-Han Lin is the low duck for the tournament, sitting in a tie for fourth at 1-under.
FRIDAY, MAY 20
Oregon State softball 4, Ohio State 3 — The Beavers opened the Knoxville, Tennessee regional by edging the Buckeyes. Oregon State faces host Tennessee at 9 a.m. Saturday in the winners' game of the double-elimination bracket.
Oregon State scored two runs in the fourth on a two-out Ohio State error. The eventual winning run came when Mariah Mazon drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-1 Beavers in the fifth.
The Buckeyes scored two in the bottom of the sixth and loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh before freshman Sarah Haendiges got three consecutive outs, the last two with strikeouts, to preserve the win.
A Madison Simon homer for the Beavers tied the game 1-1 in the third inning.
Oregon softball 10, Wichita State 2 — At the Fayetteville, Arkansas Regional, the Ducks homered four times in a run-rule, five-inning win over the Shockers. Oregon faces host Arkansas in the winners' game slated for 11 a.m. PT on Saturday.
No. 9 hitter Paige Sinicki hit a three-run home run with two outs in the second to open the scoring. Ariel Carlson hit a three-run homer and Rachel Cid a solo shot, both with two outs in a five-run fourth. Terra McGowan ended the game with her leadoff blast in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-2.
Hanna Delgado and Jasmine Williams each had two hits and scored twice.
Oregon women's golf — The No. 2-ranked Ducks are seventh after the first of four stroke-play rounds at the NCAA Tournament. On a windy day at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Ducks finished at 9-over-par 297. No. 1 Stanford (1-over) leads.
The top eight teams after four days of stroke play advance to match play on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the national champion.
College baseball — No. 23 UCLA beat No. 2 Oregon State 7-4 at Corvallis, helping Stanford clinch the No. 1 seed for next week's Pac-12 Tournament. The winner of Saturday's series finale between the Beavers and Bruins will be the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament. Stanford clinched at least a tie for the regular-season title with a win over USC on Friday.
Jacob Melton hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Justin Boyd a solo shot in the third inning for the Beavers (40-13, 19-10). It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Beavers, who a week ago were on an eight-game win streak and had a three-game lead on Stanford atop the standings.
UCLA broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the top of the sixth from two singles and a wild pitch and added two insurance runs in the ninth. …
With a 5-4 win at Pepperdine, the Portland Pilots extended their WCC win streak to a record 10 games and kept in the hunt for a conference title and a bye in next week's conference tournament. The Pilots scored three in the top of the first, and took the lead for good on two singles and a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh. Christian Cooney, Nich Kemp and Jake Holcroft in the middle of the order went 7 for 14 with four RBIs and two runs. Freshman Joey Gartrell pitched two scoreless innings for the win in relief of Brett Gillis and Peter Allegro threw the last two innings for his 13th save. …
Oregon beat visiting Arizona 4-3 to clinch the series. Isaac Ayon pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts — including the last five Wildcats he faced — and Gavin Grant delivered a two-out go-ahead base hit in the eighth for the Ducks. Drew Cowley went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Grant and Anthony Hall had two hits apiece.
Red Sox 7, Mariners 3 — Trevor Story hit a grand slam and Jackie Bradley Jr. a three-tun homer as Boston beat visiting Seattle, which has lost four of five. Abraham Toro hit a two-run homer for the Mariners. Story's third-inning blast — his fourth HR in two days against Seattle — Made a loser of Robbie Ray (4-4).
AquaSox 7, Hops 5 — At Everett, catcher Andy Thomas hit the go-ahead home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh seventh, for the AquaSox (14-21). Jose Curpa hit his first professional home run, in his 971st pro plate appearance, to tie the game for Hillsboro (18-16) in the sixth inning.
WHL playoffs — Kamloops scored three first-period goals and beat visiting Seattle 5-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference final series. In the East, Edmonton took a 1-0 lead with a 5-4 win in overtime at Winnipeg.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
High school track — Two local athletes left day one with state titles in the first session at Hayward Field in Eugene. The first session was 3A, 2A and 1A schools with mostly track prelims but a few finals in field events and all six 3000 meter races.
Columbia Christian's Makena Houston set a 2A girls 3000 state meet record when she clocked in at 10 minutes, 11.99 seconds, besting the record by 11 seconds. Houston is heading to the College of Idaho next season on a track scholarship and still has the 1500 and 400 this weekend to run.
Riverdale's Sam Veverka won the 3A boys long jump title, his final leap of the event coming in at 20 feet, 2.75 inches. Veverka will also compete in the triple jump and 100 this weekend.
College baseball — A big second inning gave Oregon (33-21, 16-12 Pac 12) all it needed in a 10-4 win over visiting No. 25 Arizona. The Ducks put up five in the second, highlighted by a three-run home run from Tanner Smith.
No. 2 Oregon State dropped the opener in Corvallis to visiting No. 23 UCLA 4-1 after the Beavers had only three hits. The game was 2-1 Bruins going into the ninth when UCLA added a couple insurance runs to distance themselves for the opening upset.
Softball honors — Oregon State softball put four on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Pacific All-Region teams, tied for the most in the region. Senior Mariah Mazon, junior Frankie Hammoude and freshman Sarah Haendiges were all named to the first team while freshman Kiki Escobar made the second team.
Joining the four Beavers from Eugene is Oregon's Allee Bunker, Hanna Delgado, Terra McGowan and Stevie Hansen. Bunker and Delgado were named to the first team while McGowan made the second team despite missing half the season. Hansen was named to the third team.
Portland State also landed a couple players on the Pacific All-Region squad. Olivia Grey earned second team honors after a standout year in the circle while Logan Riggenbach brought the power at the plate and earned third team recognition.
More OSU baseball semifinalists — Oregon State pitcher Connor Hjerpe and outfielder Jacob Melton have been named semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, an honor that goes to the top collegiate player. Hjerpe is 9-1 this season with a 2.42 ERA and 125 strikeouts, which is first in the Pac 12 and third nationally. Melton leads the Pac 12 with a .371 batting average and 66 RBI before the Beavers series with UCLA.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
Mariners 5, Toronto 1 — Seattle (17-21) salvaged a win in the three-game series at the Blue Jays.
Marco Gonzales gave up five hits and one run in six innings. Cal Raleigh and Abraham Toro each hit solo home runs and Ty France a two-run shot. France and Adam Frazier had three hits each.
The Mariners play at Boston next, starting Thursday.
Hawks draft — The Portland Winterhawks selected forward Gavin Nor of Rochester, Minnesota, with their first-round pick, 20th overall, in the two-round Western Hockey League U.S. Priority Draft.
He recently played for Shattuck-St. Mary's Sabres 14-under team and netted 39 goals with 46 assists (85 points) in 52 games.
With the 25th pick, in the second round, the Winterhawks selected defenseman Garrett Lindberg from Moorhead, Minnesota. He played at Little Falls High School; statistics were unavailable.
For the complete draft list, see http://www.WHL.ca/draft.
NCAA golf — Oregon's men have advanced to the NCAA championship golf tournament at Scottsdale, Arizona, May 27-June 1.
The Ducks finished fourth at the Stockton (Calif.) Regional to qualify for the national tournament.
Meanwhile, Oregon State's Carson Barry qualified for nationals as an individual.
He held on to win a playoff in a regional at Bryan, Texas. He finished his final round with a 2-over 74 and was at 3-under 213 for the 54-hole tournament (tied for fifth). He went to a tiebreaker with three other players for the chance to be the player who finishes highest on a non-advancing team.
Barry shot par at the 439-yard, par-4 No. 9, the second playoff hole, to advance.
The Beavers finished ninth as a team.
Pac-12 change — The Pac-12 Conference has significantly changed criteria for teams to make its football championship game.
The teams with the best two winning percentages in Pac-12 play make the finale, regardless of division. Until now, it was the winners of the North and South divisions in the championship game.
The change would have resulted in a different Pac-12 championship game matchup in five of the past 11 years. Oregon, for example, would have been in the 2012 and 2015 championship games under the new criteria.
The measure passed with unanimous support from the league's head football coaches, athletic directors and board of directors.
The current Pac-12 conference football schedule, based upon two divisions (North and South), will remain in place for the 2022 season. Scheduling scenarios for seasons beyond 2022 will continue to be reviewed.
"Our goal is to place our two best teams in our Pac-12 Football Championship Game, which we believe will provide our conference with the best opportunity to optimize CFP invitations and ultimately win national championships," said Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff. "Today's decision is an important step towards that goal and immediately increases both fan interest in, and the media value of, our Football Championship Game."
TUESDAY, MAY 17
Ducks football opener — Oregon football opens the 2022 season in Atlanta against Georgia this coming fall at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the game finally has a kickoff time. The game will start at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 3 on ABC. First-year Ducks head coach Dan Lanning was most recently the Georgia defensive coordinator before coming over to Eugene.
College baseball — Portland dropped its final home game of the year to visiting Washington State 3-0 in a one-off. The Pilots could only muster two hits while the Cougars had 10 and scored one a run a piece in the first three innings.
COVID postpones Hops — The first game of the six-game set between Hillsboro and Everett in Everett was postponed due to MiLB health and safety protocols. No info was given on if any players or coaches tested positive. No date or time was given for a make up of the game either.
Blue Jays 3, Mariners 0 — Seattle (16-21) was blanked on the road in Toronto (20-17) on Tuesday. Logan Gilbert pitched well, going seven innings and giving up the three runs on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. The Mariners also six hits on the day, but couldn't get them in clutch time. All three Blue Jays runs were scored off of a George Springer triple in the second with the bases loaded.
OSU men's hoops adds one — Beavers head coach Wayne Tinkle announced the addition of Christian Wright to the roster. Wright is a 6-foot-3 point guard who played at Georgia last season. He played in all 32 games and started 11, averaging 5.3 points and 2 assists in 22 minutes a game.
"Christian will be a terrific addition to our program," Tinkle said in a press release. "He played a ton of minutes as a freshman in one of the best leagues in the country last season. He can play on or off the ball offensively and is a true playmaker. We really liked his assist/turnover ratio and the fact that he's a willing passer. He also loves the defensive side of the ball and will set the tone on that end for us. He's a tough, competitive, high-character young man that gets it done on the court and in the classroom. We are thrilled to be adding him to our team."
Hjerpe semifinalist — Oregon State sophomore Cooper Hjerpe was named one of 25 semifinalists for the College Baseball Hall of Fame's National Pitcher of the Year award. Hjerpe is 9-1 this season with a 2.42 ERA in 12 starts. He's got 125 strikeouts, third most nationally, in only 78 innings of work.
College men's golf — Oregon State men's golf stayed in fifth place at regionals in Scottsdale, Arizona. OSU is one stroke ahead of Kansas going into the final day of play Wednesday with the top five advancing to the NCAA Championships. Carson Berry leads the way with a 3-under 69 on Tuesday to move to 5-under for the tournament and sits in a tie for fourth.
Oregon had a historic day for the program, shooting an 18-under par 270 as a team, which is the lowest team round in the postseason in program history and is also the second lowest round ever across all tournaments. That score moved Oregon up five spots into third place in Stockton, California. The Ducks are 16-under as a team and are three strokes ahead of Denver sitting in sixth. Freshman Greyson Leach led the way with a 7-under 65. Owen Avrit leads the way overall at 6-under for the tournament in a four-way tie for seventh, one shot back of a six-way tie in first at 7-under.
MONDAY, MAY 16
Blanco honored — Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco has been named MLS Player of the Week for week 11.
Blanco tallied his first two goals of the season, and two assists, in Saturday's 7-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.
Forward Nathan Fogaca was named to the Team of the Week bench.
The Timbers play at San Jose Earthquakes, Wednesday.
This is Blanco's third player of the week award, which trails Diego Valeri (five) and Fanendo Adi (four) in Timbers history. Blanco is the first Timbers player to have two goals and two assists in a game.
Winterhawks' playoff fate — Portland and Seattle's playoff battle was scheduled to wrap up either on Monday, May 16 or on Tuesday, May 17. Can the Winterhawks, who led the series 3-2 entering Game 6, advance to the Western Hockey League's Western Conference final series, which will start this week?
NBA playoffs — A pair of Portland natives are matching wits in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Ime Idoka, a 1995 Jefferson High grad, has Boston in the conference final in his first season as the Celtics head coach. On the other. bench is Erik Spoelstra, 1988 Jesuit High grad, has Miami in the conference finals for the sixth time (the Heat won the previous five conference finals and NBA titles in 2012 and 2013).
The series starts Tuesday and continues with games Thursday, May 19, Saturday, May 21, Monday, may 23, Wednesday, May 25, Friday, May 27 and Sunday, May, 29. All games start at 5:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN or ABC/KATU 2.
In the Western Conference, the top two seeds are out. Dallas and Golden State play Wednesday, May 18; Friday, May 20; Sunday, May 22; Tuesday, May 24, Thursday, May 26; Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30. All games are on TNT (6 p.m. Pacific, except for Game 7 at 5 p.m.).
Mazon honored — Oregon State's Mariah Mazon has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week.
She struck out a combined 21 batters in three appearances and collected two wins at Utah. She allowed 14 hits and gave up one earned run. She also led the team by going 6 of 9 at the plate with seven RBIs, four runs and three home runs.
She and the Beavers made the NCAA tournament.
Pac-12 softball — Oregon and Oregon State play in the NCAA Tournament regionals this week. The Ducks are at the Fayetteville, Arkansas regional and open against Wichita State at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 20 (ESPN+). No. 4 seed Arkansas and Princeton are the other teams at that regional. Oregon State heads to the Knoxville, Tennessee regional, opening on Friday against Ohio State (1 p.m., ESPN+).
Making the first team Pac-12 softball all-conference list were Oregon catcher Terra McGown was on the first team, Oregon State pitcher Mariah Mazon andOregon State infielder Franke Hammoude.
Toronto 6, Mariners 2 — Seattle (16-20) faced its former starter, Yusei Kikuchi, and came out on the losing end.
Kikuchi gave up one hit while striking out six and walking three in six innings.
For Toronto (19-17), Bo Bichette and Matt Chapman hit solo homers off Seattle starter Chris Flexen. Bichette went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Eugenio Suarez homered for the Mariners.
Pro baseball — The Hillsboro Hops are on the road at Everett for six games from May 17-22. The Seattle Mariners are wrapping up a three-game series at Toronto on Wednesday, May 18, then play a four-game set at Boston from May 19-22. They return home to host Oakland for three games from May 23-25.
College baseball — Oregon State enters the final week of the regular season with a one-game lead over Stanford in the Pac-12. The No. 2-ranked Beavers are at home May 19 against UCLA, while Oregon hosts an Arizona team that just took two of three from Oregon State. Before the WCC Tournament May 25-28 at Stockton, California, Portland (30-18, 16-8 with nine consecutive conference wins) is at Pepperdine on May 20-22.
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