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WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Kleist, Elish make first team; Elish second-team pick, Lilly named to third team

COLLEGE SOFTBALL 

Two University of Oregon softball players -- pitcher Megan Kleist and catcher Gwen Svekis -- were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team All-Americans on Wednesday. 

Pitcher Miranda Elish was a second-team selection and third baseman Jenna Lilly made the third team. 

The selections tied a program record from 2013, when the Ducks also had four All-Americans.  

Kleist was a second-teamer in 2017 and carries a 21-6 record into the top-ranked Ducks' Women's College World Series opener versus No. 8 Arizona State at 9 a.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City. 

Lilly was a second-team choice as a freshman in 2015. She is hitting .367 with a team-high 14 doubles. 

Svekis also was named the NFCA national catcher of the year on Wednesday. The senior has hit 17 home runs with 57 RBI's and hit .500 in the Ducks' NCAA super regional series win over No. 16 Kentucky. 

Elish's season ERA of 0.89 is the fourth-lowest in the NCAA. She also boasts an 8.1-to-1 strikeout ratio, the fourth-highest in the country. 

Twenty-two of Oregon's 30 All-American selections have come under coach Mike White, who is in his ninth year.

THORNS

North Carolina 4, PORTLAND 1

• The Thorns took a beating Wednesday night at Providence Park.

The Courage, already on top of the National Women's Soccer League, got three second-half goals in a span of seven minutes to pull away for the win.

Portland got a goal in the 89th minute from Katherine Reynolds.

North Carolina improved to 9-0-2 (29 points), including 5-0-0 on the road.

Portland fell to 4-4-3 (15), with a 2-3-1 home mark.

Lynn Williams' penalty kick gave the Courage the lead in the 31st minute.

North Carolina added scores from Debinha in the 58th minute, Williams in the 62nd and Samantha Mewis in the 64th.

The Courage led in shots, 17-9, and shots on goal, 8-5, and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

 

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