Oregon State's new coach - Brown's Craig Robinson - is as much academician as sports tactician.
Robinson, who turns 46 on April 21, graduated with a degree in sociology from Princeton at age 21, has a master's degree in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and worked in management in private finance for a decade before entering coaching.
At Brown, Robinson was 30-28 overall and 17-11 in Ivy League play, including 19-10 and 11-3 to finish second in the conference behind Cornell this season. The Bears lost to Ohio 80-74 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.
Portland State (21-17 overall) got off to a 4-0 start in Pacific Coast Softball Conference play, sweeping a home series with San Diego last week. The Vikings are led by senior right-hander Mandy Hill (11-10, along with team-highs of .343 and 27 RBIs). They have won 11 in a row at Erv Lind Stadium, dating to last season. PSU travels to Sacramento State this week for doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.
Junior Nick Lomax from Lake Oswego is in a four-way competition for the starting quarterback job at Boise State. In two scrimmages, the 6-6, 260-pound Lomax is 12 of 17 passing for 122 yards, with one interception and one fumble. Senior Bush Hamdan and Lomax have the most experience, and Hamdan and freshman Kellen Moore are considered the top candidates to start. Sophomore Mike Coughlin also is in the mix.
Track and field
University of Portland seniors Michael Kilburg and John Moore posted NCAA Championships qualifying times Saturday at the Stanford Invitational. Kilburg ran a school-record 28 minutes, 20.57 seconds, good for sixth and more than 15 seconds under Moore's previous UP mark. Moore was 11th in 28:28.52.
The Pilots went 2-1 at Santa Clara last weekend, rallying to win the opener 6-4 and using freshman second baseman Riley Henricks' two home runs to win the finale 6-2 on Sunday. Portland (16-16, 2-4 West Coast Conference) will play at Washington today, then play host to San Diego this weekend, with games at 3 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.