Baseball: The Portland Pilots had a rough start to the West Coast Conference season. They dropped all three games at home last weekend to Loyola Marymount, falling to 14-13 overall. UP plays today at Washington and goes to Santa Clara for three WCC games Friday through Sunday.

The Northwest Conference race is tight, with Linfield (13-3) and George Fox (11-5) in the mix; they won't meet till the end of the regular season (April 26 and April 27 at Linfield). Also in contention are Pacific (14-8) and Pacific Lutheran (11-9).

Softball: Portland State (17-17) opens Pacific Coast Softball League play at home against San Diego (13-22) with doubleheaders at noon Saturday and Sunday at Erv Lind Stadium. PSU has won eight of its last nine and is coming off a 3-1 victory over OSU last week. … The Beavers (22-16, 1-2 Pac-10) are at Oregon (25-13, 0-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday. No. 2 Arizona State and 10th-ranked Arizona visit the valley teams this weekend.

In the Northwest Conference, defending NCAA Division III champion Linfield is 11-1, Pacific 9-1, Willamette 6-2 and PLU 8-4. Linfield and Pacific will meet April 19 and April 20 at McMinnville.

Track and field: Concordia continues to add to its list of NAIA qualifiers, and the Cavaliers have lofty team goals. 'We're shooting for 30 qualifiers for nationals,' coach Randy Dalzell says, 'and our goal is to be in the top in both men and women.'

Lacrosse: The Oregon (9-3) women are ranked 16th out of 85 Division I teams. The Ducks play host to Denver at 1 p.m.; the Pioneers, Cal, Stanford, St. Mary's and UC Davis join them in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Oregon was 12-7 last year, its third season, and has six returning starters, with six starters lost. The 24-player roster has 12 women from Maryland, four from California, two each from New York and Massachusetts, and one each from Rhode Island, Virginia, Michigan and Missouri.

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