COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Vikings lose twice by one run
Hawkins, Ceo lead Ducks to Saturday sweep
The Portland State Vikings scored 12 runs and lost 13-12 to Hawaii in their first of two Saturday games at the Easton Desert Classic hosted by UNLV.
In the Vikings' nightcap, PSU also suffered a one-run loss, 6-5 in nine innings to Seattle.
Oregon swept two more games in the Easton Desert Classic at Las Vegas, Nev.
The Ducks improved to 8-1 with victories of 6-4 over Tennessee-Chattanooga and 9-0 against Ohio State on sophomore Cheridan Hawkins' third career no-hitter.
Oregon State lost to Tulsa and Texas A&M for the second day in a row at the Aggies' tournament, but the Beavers, who fell by a combined 17-1 on Friday, played better, losing to Tulsa 4-0 and to A&M 5-4.
Concordia beat Willamette 9-4 in the Northwest Cup at Hood View Park.
Vikings hit, but lose
Portland State totaled 18 hits and 17 runs in a pair of games at the Easton Desert Classic, but the Viks lost both games by one run.
Hawaii scored six runs in the sixth inning, thanks in part to a grand slam, to move into a 12-12 tie. In the bottom of the seventh, the Warriors won 13-12 on a one-out single, a two-out walk and an RBI single.
Seattle edged the Vikings 6-5 in nine innings later Saturay, after PSU had rallied three times to tie the score at 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4. In the top of the ninth, the Redhawks scored twice. The Viks got a run on singles by Shaw Nelson and Crysta Conn, but left the tying run stranded.
For the day, junior right fielder Aubrey Nitschelm went 3 for 7 with a double and a home run, five RBIs and two runs. She leads the team with 10 RBIs this season.
Portland State (2-7) wraps up play in the UNLV tournament with an 11:15 a.m. PT Sunday game against Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Hawkins, Ceo on a roll for Ducks
Sophomore pitcher Cheridan Hawkins no-hit Ohio State in a 9-0 victory that capped a 2-0 day for Oregon.
In the Ducks' Saturday opener, senior Courtney Ceo lashed a second-inning grand slam that launched a 6-4 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga. Oregon totaled 11 hits against the Mocs (2-6).
Then it was Hawkins' turn to shine and give Oregon an eight-game winning streak.
The lone Buckeyes base runner came on an infield error in the fifth inning, and Hawkins posted four strikeouts.
Ceo went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, bringing her season batting average to .594, with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, a team-high 12 RBIs and no strikeouts.
On Sunday, Oregon concludes its stay at the Las Vegas tourney with an 11:15 a.m. game against Cal State Northridge.
Oregon State gave No. 8 Texas A&M (9-1) a run at the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas., before losing 5-4.
Freshman Alexis Gonzalez tied the score at 4-4 with her three-run homer in the sixth inning.
Oregon State began Saturday with a 4-0 loss to Tulsa, getting outhit 10-2.
OSU's getaway game in the tourney is 8 a.m. PT Sunday against McNeese State.
Cavaliers down Bearcats with big 6th
Concordia, trailing by one run, exploded for eight runs, with two homers, in the sixth inning as the Cavaliers beat Willamette 9-4.
The game, part of the Northwest Cup at Hood View Park, was the Bearcats' season opener.
Meghan Luebbert hit a three-run HR for the Cavs (2-1), giving them a 5-2 lead, and Kate Santos added a two-run blast for a 7-2 edge.