No. 1 Oregon State crushes ASU in baseball; Ducks beat Bears
Oregon State 10, Arizona State 1
At Tempe, Arizona
OSU dominated Game 2 of its Pac-12 opening series.
The Beavers, ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, had 16 hits to four by the Sun Devils and improved their season record to 16-1.
The series finale is noon Saturday.
The Beavers scored two runs in the first inning, added one run in the third and four in the sixth and then made the score 9-0 with two runs in the seventh.
ASU (9-9) got its run in the bottom of the seventh.
Bryce Fehmel (3-1) earned the victory with eight innings of four-hit pitching. He struck out only two batters but walked just one.
For the Beavers, leadoff man Nick Madrigal was 3 for 4 with a two walks and a double, and scored four times.
Next in the order, Christian Donahue went 2 for 5 with a walk, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Trevor Larnach drove in three runs.
No. 9 hitter Cadyn Grenier homered for the first time in his career, in the eighth, for Oregon State's final run.
OSU finished with a season-high 16 hits, three by KJ Harrison, as Madrigal extended his team-best hitting streak to nine games.
Oregon 7, California 1
At Berkeley, California
The Ducks launched their Pac-12 season with their seventh win in a row in a game that featured 25 hits, 12 by Oregon.
UO ace David Peterson wasn't his sharpest, giving up nine hits in six innings, although he struck out eight and didn't allow a run in improving to 4-1 this season.
Oregon is 12-4. Cal (8-8) lost for the first time in six games.
The series continues at 6 p.m. Saturday and wraps up with a 1 p.m. Sunday game.
Oregon took a 3-0 lead in the third on Friday, as Jake Bennett lined in a run and Matthew Dyer drilled a two-run single.
Bennett finished 3 for 3, scored twice and later homered, as did A.J. Balta.
Spencer Steer was 2 for 5 with two doubles for the Ducks.
Kenyon Yovan, the fifth Duck to take the mound and a freshman from Westview High, went 1 1/3 innings with no hits or walks and three strikeouts, and he picked up his sixth save.
San Diego 3, Portland 2
At San Diego, California
The West Coast Conference season began with the Pilots falling to a two-home run Toreros bottom of the ninth.
Portland tied the game in the sixth, when Kevin Wade singled home a run, and went ahead in the top of the ninth on an unearned run.
San Diego stunned the Pilots, though, when the first two Torero batters in the ninth each hit a home run.
The result spoiled a sterling effort by freshman starter Grady Miller, who allowed one run on three hits, with nine strikeouts, over 7 1/3 innings.
UP dropped to 2-14 overall and has lost five in a row.
The Toreros are 11-4.
The teams will reconvene at 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Oregon 5, California 1
At Jane Sanders Stadium
Third-ranked Oregon, seeking its fifth consecutive Pac-12 title, opened the conference season with a win at home over the No. 23 Bears.
The Ducks (25-0, 6-0 in Eugene) gave up the game's first run in the second inning, then scored twice in the bottom of that frame and in the third. A home run in the fifth by Gwen Svekis bumped the lead to 5-1.
Maggie Balint (12-0) went the distance for the Ducks, scattering seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
The Ducks had six hits, two by catcher Svekis.
Oregon and Cal will meet again at 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
Northwest Nazarene 2, Concordia 1
Northwest Nazarene 11, Concordia 2
At Nampa, Idaho
The Cavaliers fell to 10-13 for the season and 3-7 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, despite strong pitching by Mattie Boucher in the opener.
Boucher (4-7) allowed five hits and one walk in six innings.
The Crusaders are 10-13, 3-4.
Taylor Bussey of CU drove in a total of three RBIs in the twinbill.
The four-game series concludes with an 11 a.m. Saturday doubleheader.
Oregon State's five competitors at the NCAA championships bowed up during the third and fourth tournament sessions at St. Louis, Mo.
Senior Joey Palmer survived the longest. He was eliminated in the fourth consolation round to finish 3-2 at the tourney and 29-7 overall.
The Beavers were 9-19.
Portland 5, Portland State 2
At Club Green Meadows, Vancouver, Washington
UP tuned up for the West Coast Conference season with the crosstown, nonleague win.
The Pilots won five of six singles matches, with No. 1 Jelena Lukic a 6-1, 6-0 winner.
PSU won the doubles point with a 2-1 edge and got a 6-4, 6-2 victory from No. 5 singles player Taylor Rees.
The Pilots are 4-6; the Vikings are 0-10.
UCLA 4, Oregon 1
At Student Tennis Center
The 20th-ranked Bruins downed the No. 35 Ducks in Eugene, improving to 21-0 all-time against UO.
UCLA is 7-5 overall and 1-1 in Pac-12 play. Oregon is 8-6, 2-1.
Oregon 4, Iowa 0
The Ducks, ranked 25th in the nation, posted their fifth win in a row and marched into the finals of the SP Invite at San Diego, California.
Oregon (13-2) will meet the winner between No. 30 Tulane and San Diego at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Friday's victory included an 18th-consecutive singles triumph by UO No. 1 Thomas Laurent, as the sophomore continued to extend his school record. He won 6-3, 6-3.
Oregon 17, Vermont 7
The Ducks won comfortably in the first of two weekend games in Colorado.
Six goals (career high) and two assists (for a career-best eight points) from Shannon Williams led the way.
Oregon (5-2) will visit Boulder next for an 11 a.m. Sunday match versus Colorado.
TRACK AND FIELD
Concordia senior McKenzie Warren broke the Great Northwest Athletic Conference hammer record with a throw of 185 feet, 10 inches at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open at Clackamas Community College. Christina MacDonald of CU was second at 181-5.
Brett Elder of the Cavaliers took third in the javelin with a best of 165-1.
UCLA 5, Portland 0
Portland 4, San Francisco 1
San Jose State 5, Portland 0
At Monterey, California
On their first of two days at the Monterey Invitational, the Pilots went 1-2, which put their season record at 3-2.
ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING
Oregon 288.425, Fairmont State 272.270
At Matthew Knight Arena
The Ducks went to 4-0 with their third win at home this season. Oregon, the only undefeated team in the nation, posted a season-high score, as Fairmont State fell to 1-4.