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COLLEGE WATCH: Vikings split at softball tourney

SOFTBALL

Vikings blank New Mexico, fall to Utah

• Portland State split two games for the second day in a row at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

The Vikings (2-2) will conclude their play in the tourney with an 11:30 a.m. Sunday game against No. 24 Cal.

On Saturday, the Viks beat New Mexico 10-0 in five innings, then lost 10-3 to Utah.CONN

Senior infielder Crysta Conn went 4 for 6 for the day, with three RBIs and a home run.

Freshman Meagan Hendrix (2-0) gave up four hits in four innings of Saturday's first game, and sophomore Karyn Wright threw the final inning.

PSU got all the scoring it needed in the first inning. Shae Nelson and Becca Bliss led off with walks, and Aubrey Nitschelm drove them home with a one-out single.

Nex Mexico fell to 1-4.

Portland State led Utah 3-1 after two innings, but the Utes got to starter Wright in the third, belting a grand slam and scoring five runs.

Utah improved to 2-2 with the win.

  • No. 8 Ducks get Saturday sweep

    Oregon improved to 3-1 with a pair of wins Saturday at the Kajikawa Classic at Tempe, Ariz.

    The Ducks' day began with a 9-1 triumph over Appalachian State (six innings) and ended with a 5-0 nightcap victory over North Carolina State.

    Third baseman Courtney Ceo tied the UO single-game record by going 5 for 5 in the N.C. State game. Oregon had 10 hits. Cheridan Hawkins pitched a one-hitter, with 10 strikeouts and three walks.

    Lynsey Haij had five hits for Oregon against Georgia on Feb. 18, 2003.

    UO second baseman Karine Shaver solo-homered in the seventh inning against North Carolina State.

    Oregon wraps up its first weekend of the season with an 11:30 a.m. Sunday game versus Boise State.

  • Beavers fall in extra innings

    Oregon State dropped to 2-3 at the Kajikawa Classic, losing its lone game Saturday 3-2 in extra innings to Colorado State.

    The Rams improved to 3-0.

    Senior Amanda Najdek worked all eight innings for OSU and struck out seven batters. She gave up two earned runs and five hits. Freshman Kylie Padilla had a double and a triple, making her 9 for 17 this season, with three doubles, two triples and a home run.

    OSU's final game of the tournament at Tempe, Ariz., is a 9 a.m. PT match-up with Appalachian State.