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SATURDAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL ROUNDUP/Two home runs all Washington needs for win at Oregon State

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

OREGON 5, Utah 2

• The Ducks trailed 2-0 after giving up runs in the top of the fifth, but a four-run bottom half of that frame enabled them to stay in a tie for first in the Pac-12.

No. 2-ranked Oregon improved to 17-3 Pac-12, 43-7.

Utah fell to 2-18, 20-27.

The final game of the three-game series is 4 p.m. PT Sunday.

UCLA, ranked No. 1, also is 17-3 in conference play. The Bruins nipped California, 2-1, on Saturday.

Jenna Lilley tied the score at 2-2 with a single, and then Gwen Svekis scored two more with a single.

In the sixth, Alexis Mack added an RBI single to back winner Miranda Elish (18-1), who allowed seven hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts.

Washington 2, OREGON STATE 0

• Solo home runs in the fourth and sixth innings lifted the Huskies to their second win over the Beavers in as many days at the OSU Softball Complex.

Those were the only hits UW was able to muster against Meehra Nelson (13-10), who also issued three walks and struck out four in going the distance.

OSU had three hits, all singles, and drew two walks.

Washington improved to 14-8 Pac-12, 43-8.

Oregon State slipped to 7-13, 26-25.

The Huskies will go for a three-game sweep at noon Sunday.

SOUTHERN UTAH 4, Portland State 3

SOUTHERN UTAH 13, Portland State 4 (5 innings)

• PSU, which has clinched a Big Sky tournament spot, dropped to fifth place, though, with two losses at St. George, Utah.

PSU slipped to 9-10 in the Big Sky and 16-33 overall.

Southern Utah is 6-14, 9-37.

The Vikings will finish the regular season on Sunday, and they can move back into fourth with a win in the noon PT game or fall to sixth with a loss.

In Game 1, PSU had nine hits to SUU's six, but left six runners on base, including two in the seventh inning. Alyssa Burk (11-13) took the loss, despite notching eight strikeouts.

PSU was out-hit, 13-4, in Game 2. Emma Detamore (4-11) got tagged with the loss.

Northwest Nazarene 1, Simon Fraser 0

• A bottom-of-the-first-inning — and first batter — run was all the Nighthawks needed to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship on Saturday afternoon.

Leadoff hitter Anna Wiliams homered to center field for the Nighthawks.

Northwest Nazarene's Jordan Adams (19-6) held Simon Fraser to four hits and two walks as her team completed the tournament with a 3-0 record.

Simon Fraser needed to beat the Nighthawks twice to claim the title in the double-elimination tournament at Concordia's Porter Park.

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