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COLLEGE WATCH: Vikings, Ducks, Beavers split at ASU softball tourney

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FRIDAY SUMMARY — Portland State, Oregon and Oregon State all split two games at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

  • PSU beats Indiana in nightcap

    The Vikings lost their first game of the tournament 6-2 to Colorado State, then scored four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead over Indiana en route to an 8-6 victory.by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - BRITTANY HENDRICKSON

    Junior first baseman Brittany Hendrickson led the Viks at the plate, going 4 for 8 with four RBIs for the day.

    Senior center fielder Becca Bliss was 3 for 6 with three RBIs.

    New Vikings coach Barb Sherwood: "Offensively, we were great all day. We swung the bats and ran very well … and we were good on defense. Pitching had some great moments and some not-so-great moments. We all got better today, and the team realized what they need to do better. I was very pleased with how they bounced back after losing game one."

    The Viks' starting pitchers were sophomore Karyn Wright in the opener and freshman Meagan Hendrix in the second game.

    Wright went 5 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and six earned runs, with three walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. Raya Johnson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing one hit.

    Hendrix gave up six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, including five runs on two homers (one a grand slam).

    PSU has graduated its all-time leader in victories and innings, Anna Bertrand.

    Hendrickson's three-run single was the big blow in the PSU fifth against Indiana, and Wright hurled the final 2 1/3 innings for her first career save, giving up two hits and no runs.

    PSU plays New Mexico and Utah on Saturday in the tourney hosted by Arizona State.

  • Oregon rallies for split

    The No. 8-ranked Ducks lost 6-4 to Cal Poly, but came back with a 10-9 extra-inning win over Fresno State.

    Courtney Ceo, starting on second base in the eighth inning under international rules, stole third and came home on Alexa Peterson's sacrifice fly, giving UO the lead. And Cheridan Hawkins struck out Fresno State's Paige Gumz with the bases loaded to pick up the win.

    “We had our backs to the wall,” Oregon coach Mike White said. “After losing the first game and going down five runs in the second, we showed a lot of determination and grit to pull one out.”

    The Ducks play Saturday against Appalachian State and North Carolina State.

  • OSU wins, loses

    Oregon State (2-2) rallied from six runs down to beat Penn State 12-10, then fell 3-2 to Cal State Northridge.

    The Beavers had opened their season in the same fashion on Thursday at the Kajikawa Classic, winning 6-2 against North Carolina State and losing 6-3 to San Diego State.

    On Friday, freshman catcher Kylie Padilla led the attack, going 4 for 4 with four extra-base hits (one home run) and seven RBIs.

    OSU plays Colorado State on Friday.

     

  • TRACK AND FIELD

    PSU got personal bests from four freshmen — Baileh Simms, Whitney Diggs, Genna Settle and CeCelia Jackson — on Friday's first day of the Armory Collegiate Invitational at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City.

    "We had a day like you wouldn't believe," PSU coach Ronnye Harrison said. "Our freshmen women performed unbelievably."

    Simms went 19-7 1/2 in the long jump, a PR by nearly nine inches. She also ran the 60 meters in a personal-best 7.74 seconds.

    Diggs lowered her Big Sky-best 400 time to 55.29.

    Settle set personal bests in the 60 (7.64) and 200 (24.63).

    Jackson ran the 60 in 8.61.

    Also for the Vikings, junior Jazmin Ratcliff from Benson High ran a PR of 8.49 in the 60 hurdles and matched her best in the 60 meters, clocking 7.64.

    On the men's side, sophomore Sheldon Prince set a PSU indoor 200 best of 21.92.