MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland State's Lindsey named Big Sky softball player of the week; Concordia's Ortiz claims GNAC track honor


• Oregon and Oregon State opened play in separate NCAA regionals.

The Ducks were at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, where they were tied for fourth out of 18 teams.

UCLA grabbed the lead at 280, followed by Kent State and Colorado, both four strokes behind. Oregon, Louisville and Stanford were tied for fourth at 287.

Oregon's Kathleen Scvao was in a tie for fifth with a 2-under 70, four behind co-leaders Andrea Lee of Stanford, Brittany Fan of Colorado and Mariel Galdiano of UCLA.

The Beavers finished the day fifth at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Wis.

OSU shot 1-over 289 to trail only Virginia (279), Duke (283), USC (285) and Arizona State (288) in the 18-team field. Wisconsin was one shot back of the Beavers, with Illinois (292), Ohio State (293) and Northwestern (294) next in line.

Oregon State's Nicole Schroeder was tied for third after a 4-under 68.

Play at each of four regionals continues through Wednesday. The top six team finishers (and three individuals) at each regional advance to the NCAA championships May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


• At the NCAA Division II South Central/West Regional, Nick Huff of Concordia shot a 10-over 81 and was tied for 94th through one round.

Huff is the first Cavalier to compete in the event, taking place at La Paolma Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas.


• Portland State's Darian Lindsey has been named Big Sky Player of the Week.

The sophomore shortstop from Pendleton hit .714 (5 for 7) in a three-game series at Southern Utah. She had a double, home run, five RBIs and three runs scored.


• Carlos Ortiz of Concordia has been chosen as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week for the third time this season.

Ortiz set school records in the 100 and 200 meters Friday at the Oregon Twilight in Eugene.

He finished sixth in the 100 in 10.60 seconds and fifth in the 200 in 21.54. His 100 time ranks sixth all-time for the conference.


• Six of 94 golfers advanced to sectional qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Open at a local qualifier at Riverside Golf & Country Club.

The medalist, Christopher Babcock of Shoreline, Washington, shot a 4-under-par 68. The former University of Washington player is competing on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada.

Former University of Oregon standout Sulman Raza was second at 69.

Derek Baade, a former New Mexico State golfer from Vancouver, Wash., took third at 70.

The three other spots came from players who birdied the first extra hole in an eight-man playoff: David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Jesse Heinly, Bend; and Charlie Kern, Blufton, S.C.

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