Dramatic opening wins for OSU, UO
The Portland Pilots stunned defending NCAA champion UCLA 1-0 in their season opener at Los Angeles.
The Oregon State Beavers rallied to eke out a 4-3 victory over Gonzaga in their opening game of 2014 at Tempe, Ariz.
The Oregon Ducks broke a 2-2 tie on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth to edge Hawaii at Honolulu and start their year with a win.
Portland 1, UCLA 0
The unheralded Pilots made a 1-0 first-inning lead stand up against the No. 12 Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium to open their weekend series and season.
Junior lefty starter Travis Radke (4 2/3 innings, seven strikeouts), sophomore Jackson Lockwood (two innings), junior Brandon Synder and senior closer Colin Feldtman combined to hold UCLA to four hits.
The only run came in the top of the first. Junior Cody Lenahan led off with a single, went to third base on junior Turner Gill's single and scored with two outs when junior Caleb Whalen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Portland had six hits, with Gill and Kevin Wade each getting two.
The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, with Kody Watts the probable Portland starter.
Oregon State 4, Gonzaga 3
OSU had to come from behind to win its season opener against the Bulldogs at Arizona State.
Sophomore Jeff Hendrix's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Beavers over Gonzaga 4-2.
Senior Andrew Moore started and went five innings, allowed four hits and a run.
Junior Zack Reser got the win, and sophomore Max Engelbrekt worked the ninth for the save.
The Beavers' second game of the year is 10 a.m. Saturday against Nebraska, also in the Husker Classic at Tempe, Ariz.
Oregon 3, Hawaii 2
The Ducks didn't have an easy time in their season opener, either, but they pulled out the victory at Honolulu.
With two outs in the top of the ninth and the count 0-2, a wild pitch on a strikeout to junior Scott Heineman brought home sophomore Nick Catalano with the go-ahead run.
Sophomore Garrett Cleavinger got the win, striking out three of the four batters. Junior Jake Reed struck out the final batter for his first career save.
The Ducks and Warriors will go at it again on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. PT.
Concordia 7, College of Idaho 3
The Cavaliers jumped to a 4-0 lead with a four-hit, three-run second inning in the first game of the season and first game of their Cavalier Classic.