Scoresheet: Oregon volleyball sweeps PSU; Mariners win Sunday
SUNDAY, AUG. 28
Mariners 4, Guardians 0 — At Seattle, Robbie Ray pitched seven strong innings and Ty France and Dylan Moore homered as Seattle (70-58) took three of four games over Cleveland (67-59), the AL Central leader and a possible playoff opponent.
Ray allowed only three hits and struck out seven without a walk in seven innings of work.
Moore hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and France, who had two of Seattle's four hits, added a solo shot in the seventh.
Hops 4, Canadians 3 — A.J. Vukovich homered for the fourth game in a row and Channy Ortiz drove in the winning run with a two-out, RBI single in the eighth inning as the Hops won at Vancouver.
Storm 76, Aces 73 — In Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals, Seattle got clutch performances from several players to win on the road against top-seed Las Vegas. Jewell Loyd scored 26 points and Breanna Stewart had 24. Sue Bird had 12 assists and no turnovers, giving her a WNBA-record 342 in her career. And Tina Charles grabbed a Seattle-record 18 rebounds. The Storm were without starter Gabby Williams (concussion symptoms).
Game 2 is Wednesday at Las Vegas (7 p.m., ESPN2).
College volleyball — No. 19-ranked Oregon rolled past Portland State 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-18) at Viking Pavilion. Ducks freshman Mimi Colyer had 13 kills and Brooke Nuneviller 12 and PSU was limited to a -.047 hitting percentage as Oregon had nine blocks.
College women's soccer — Portland beat visiting Montana 2-0 with goals from Keeley Dockter and Cally Togiai and seven saves from Bre Norris. … Portland State played visiting South Dakota to a 2-2 draw. Sienna Higinbotham and Abi Hoffman scored for the Vikings. … At Stockton, Calif, a second-half goal from Skylar Herrera earned Oregon State a 1-1 draw with Pacific.
SATURDAY, AUG. 27
Guardians 4, Mariners 3 — Seattle (69-58) blew a 3-1 lead late to visiting Cleveland (67-58) to fall 4-3. The Guardians scored three runs in the eighth on a Jose Ramirez double, a Josh Naylor groundout and an Andres Gimenez sacrifice fly, all coming off Andres Munoz. The Mariners runs all came off solo home runs by Eugenio Suarez, Julio Rodriguez and Jake Lamb. Seattle is in the third wild card spot, but its lead shrinks to 1.5 games on Baltimore (67-59).
Hops 7, Canadians 1 — Hillsboro (52-65) scored four runs in the first inning and didn't look back in the road win over Vancouver (61-54). AJ Vukovich hit a two-run home run in the first, which was followed up by a Neyfy Castillo solo shot.
College volleyball — Portland State took down Oregon State 3-1 to give the Vikings their first win over the Beavers since 1990. Madison Freibel had 32 assists, nine digs and five kills to lead the way. … Oregon took down Long Beach State 3-2 behind 28 kills from Brooke Nuneviller, winning the fifth set 18-16 after surviving four LBSU match points. the Ducks will play host Portland State at 1 p.m. Sunday.
College soccer — Oregon women's soccer gave up a late goal to Gonzaga to finish in a tie 2-2. Ajanae Respass scored both goals for the Ducks to bring her to three already on the year, but that wasn't enough as the Bulldogs scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute.
FRIDAY, AUG. 26
Mariners 3, Guardians 2 — At T-Mobile park, Mitch Haniger hit a leadoff single in the 11th inning to plate automatic runner Dylan Moore with the winning run.
• The Mariners have signed rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez to a contract extension that will pay the 21-year-old $210 million through the 2029 season — and could grow to as much as $410 million with an additional 10 years, which would be the richest contract in American sports history.
Cowboys 27, Seahawks 26 — After Friday's 27-26 loss at Dallas in the final preseason game, Seattle coach Pete Carroll named Geno Smith the starting quarterback for the Sept. 12 season opener against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos.
Seattle, with Drew Lock playing most of the game, led until a late Dallas drive with backups in the game for both teams. Lock threw a nice touchdown pass, but also three interception.
Canadians 5, Hops 3 — At Vancouver, British Columbia, a two-run sixth inning was the difference as the Canadians beat Hillsboro for the ninth time in 10 home games this season.
For the Hops, A.J. Vukovich went 3 for 4 including a two-run home run in the top of the sixth, when Hillsboro scored all three of its runs to tie the score.
For Vancouver, Miguel Hiraldo homered, doubled and scored three runs.
College men's soccer — The Portland Pilots rallied from two goals down with second-half goals from Nicholas Denley and Nick Fernandez to tie Central Arkansas 2-2 in their season opener at Merlo Field. … On Thursday, fifth-ranked Oregon State opened with a 2-1 win over UC Davis thanks to a 70th-minute Ellis Spikner goal.
College volleyball — Long Beach State beat host Portland State 3-1. The Vikings won the first set of their season opener before Long Beach seized momentum. Makayla Lewis had 20 kills for PSU. … At Sacramento, Portland opened with a a pair of Friday wins. The Pilots beat Middle Tennessee State 3-0 as Noelani Helm had 10 kills, 13 digs and 15 assists then edged Nevada 3-2 by taking the fifth set 15-13. Maui Robbins had 19 kills and 10 digs. … Long Beach State won the final three sets to rally past Oregon State 3-2 in the opener of a weekend tournament at Portland State's Viking Pavilion. Vivian Light led OSU (0-1) with 23 kills, 11 digs and three blocks.
THURSDAY, AUG. 25
Seattle 3, Cleveland 1 — Seattle (68-57) and Cleveland (66-57) only needed one inning to decide this one, all four runs coming in the first inning with both teams getting blanked the rest of the way. All three Mariners runs came off a Mitch Haniger home run to center field. Marco Gonzales gave up the lone run in the first, but only allowed four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Seattle is holding on to the third wild card spot, sitting one game back of Toronto (68-55) in the second spot and 1.5 games back of Tampa Bay (69-55) in the top spot. Baltimore (65-59) looms 2.5 games back.
Vancouver 10, Hillsboro 9 — Hillsboro (51-64) couldn't keep Vancouver (60-53) at bay despite scoring nine runs on 12 hits. Hillsboro held an early 2-0 lead before falling behind 402 in the third. The Hops stormed back with four runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to go up 7-6. The Canadians scored four back to make it 8-7, but the Hops scored two more in the seventh to make it 9-8. But once again, the led didn't last, Vancouver scored two in the bottom half and held on the rest of the way. Caleb Roberts and AJ Vukovich both homered while Jarrod Watkins had three RBI.
College soccer roundup — Oregon State women opened the season with a 2-1 win at Fresno State, McKenna Martinez and Gwen Jacobs scored the two goals. The Beaver men also picked up a 2-1 win, this one coming over UC Davis in Corvallis. Dante Williams and Ellis Spikner hit the back of the net.
Portland State women's soccer fell at Hillsboro Stadium 4-1 to UC Riverside while Portland played to a 0-0 draw at Washington State.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24
Winterhawks — The Portland Winterhawks have added an element to their rebranding that started last year — new sweaters with a different color.
Here's a photo:
The Winterhawks' new color is squall gray, along with the custom Winterhawks font in the numbering and name bar lettering. The team will also wear white helmets to match its new white jersey.
A new logo and identity was introduced July 14, 2021.
Washington 3, Mariners 1 — Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning off Seattle reliever Paul Sewald as the Nationals (42-83) won at T-Mobile Park.
The Mariners (67-57) had tied it on a solo homer by Julio Rodriguez in the bottom of the eighth inning. The rookie has joined the 20-20 club (home runs-stolen bases).
George Kirby had a fine start, scattering eight hits and allowing one run in seven innings, with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Next up for Seattle is a four-game home series against Cleveland, Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 25-28.
Hops 9, Vancouver 5 — Hillsboro (51-63) held on for the win, scoring three ninth-inning runs on a Ryan Bliss homer to seal the road win.
Vancouver (59-53) had closed within 6-5 with a five-run eighth inning.
Caleb Roberts had two solo homers for Hillsboro.
TUESDAY, AUG. 23
Seattle 4, Washington 2 — A Mitch Haniger two-run home run in the fourth and Eugenio Suarez doing the same in the seventh made the difference for Seattle (67-56) in the win at home over Washington (41-83). Robbie Ray was strong on the mound as well, giving up only two hits in 6.2 innings of work with one run allowed, seven strikeouts and two walks. The Mariners are tied with Toronto (66-55) for the second wild card spot and sit a half game back of Tampa Bay (67-55) from the top spot. Baltimore (64-58) is 2.5 back of Seattle and Minnesota (62-59) sits 4 games back.
Vancouver 4, Hillsboro 3 — Hillsboro (50-63) started the road trip at Vancouver (59-52) on the wrong foot, giving up 12 hits to the Canadians in the loss. The Hops had only five hits as a team, two coming on back to back doubles from Ryan Bliss and Caleb Roberts that brought home all three of their runs in the fifth. Vancouver took the lead back for good in the sixth though on two run home run from Andres Sosa.
MONDAY, AUG. 22
Pro baseball — The Seattle Mariners (66-56), coming off consecutive losses at Oakland, are home through Sunday Aug. 28, a homestand highlighted by Ichiro Suzuki Mariners Hall of Fame induction weekend.
After a pair of games with Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Cleveland Guardians visit Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 25-28. Seattle then travels to Detroit and Cleveland for a pair of three-game series as the calendar flips to September.
The Hillsboro Hops are in Vancouver, British Columbia through Aug. 28 before playing their final six games at Ron Tonkin Field Aug. 30-Sept. 4 against Tri-City.
Prospect acquired — The Portland Winterhawks have acquired 16-year-old prospect Diego Buttazzoni, a forward, from Medicine Hat in exchange for a conditional second-round selection in the 2024 WHL Prospects Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the '25 draft.
Portland also signed Buttazzoni.
He was taken by Medicine Hat with the 37th pick in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. Last season with Burnaby Winter Club U18 Prep, he had 54 points in 32 games and four goals in five playoff games. He also played briefly for two BCHL teams.
He's expected to attend Winterhawks training camp, Sept. 1-4 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Thibodeaux out — Kayvon Thibodeaux, the New York Giants rookie defensive end from Oregon, will be out 3-4 weeks with a sprained MCL in his knee, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
He suffered the injury in last Sunday's preseason game against Cincinnati when he was cut-blocked by the Bengals' Thaddeus Moss.
The Giants open the regular season Sept. 11 against Tennessee; so, it's possible he makes it back for the game.
UO coach — Kelly Graves, head women's basketball coach at Oregon, has added an assistant to his staff: Sadie Edwards.
She's a 2018 graduate of USC, and spent the 2022 WNBA season as basketball operations manager with the New York Liberty.
She played at USC, starting 72 of 82 games while averaging 11.1 points.
Thorns named — Portland Thorns midfielder Sam Coffey, defender Becky Sauerbrunn and forward Sophia Smith have been named to the U.S. Women's National Team roster for two September friendly matches against Nigeria (Sept. 3 at Kansas City, Sept. 6 at Washington, D.C.).
Also, Thorns midfielder Crystal Dunn will join the USWNT camp for training as she continues to return to fitness, but she won't play in the matches.
College sports — A season-opening volleyball tournament at Portland State's Viking Pavilion Aug. 26-28 brings Oregon (ranked 19th nationally), Oregon State and Long Beach State to town. The Viks face Long Beach State at 6 p.m. Friday, Oregon State at 6 p.m. Saturday and Oregon at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Beavers face Long Beach State at 11 a.m. Friday and the Ducks face Long Beach State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
In soccer, the Portland Pilot men host Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 for their first counting match and the Portland women host Montana at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.
NFL — After a sloppy loss at home to Chicago on Aug. 18, the Seattle Seahawks play their final preseason game on Friday, Aug. 26 at Dallas. Drew Lock, who missed the Bears game with COVID-19, figures to get a significant look at quarterback.
Sewell honored — Preseason accolades continue to add up for Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell.
The sophomore was listed as a preseason first-team All-American by the Associated Press.
The Ducks open the season Sept. 3 against defending national champion Georgia at Atlanta.
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