TUESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/No. 14 Golden Gophers visit Corvallis for NCAA super regional after two wins over UCLA


• Oregon State and Minnesota will open their NCAA super regional with a game at 2 p.m. Friday at Goss Stadium.

The best-of-three series will continue at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Game 3, if necessary, will start at 6 p.m. Sunday.

All three games are scheduled for ESPN2.

OSU is seeded third in the tournament. The Beavers (47-10-1) swept three regional games in Corvallis last weekend. They beat Northwestern State, 9-3, then trounced LSU, 14-1 and 12-0.

Minnesota, the No. 14 seed, won a regional in Minneapolis last week against UCLA, Gonzaga and Canisius. The Golden Gophers (44-13) beat Canisius, 10-1, then downed UCLA 3-2 in 10 innings and 13-8.

The Beavers are 10-4 all-time in super regional games.

OSU leads the all-time series, 5-3, with an 8-7 win in the most recent meeting, 2016, at Surprise, Arizona.

Oregon State swept Minnesota in Corvallis in 2001.

Winners of the eight super regionals will advance to the College World Series, June 16-26/27 at Omaha, Nebraska.


Four players with local ties were selected in the MLB draft on Tuesday. 

Oregon pitcher Matt Mercer (Cleveland Indians) and Oregon State outfielder Steven Kwan (Arizona Diamondbacks) were chosen in the fifth round. OSU pitcher Drew Rasmussen went to the Milwaukie Brewers in the sixth round. Beavers third baseman Michael Gretler was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round. 

Mercer was taken with the 159th pick overall. A right-hander, he started 15 games for the Ducks this season. He was 5-7 with a 4.16 ERA and received all-Pac-12 honorable mention honors. 

Mercer made 25 starts for UO in his career and had a 13-16 record. He was the only Duck to be selected though the first 10 rounds. 

The Indians took Kwan with pick No. 163. He is batting .349 for the Beavers, with 38 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits. Kwan was named to the Corvallis regional all-tournament team on Sunday and received Pac-12 first-team honors. 

Rasmussen was pick No. 185. He was a first-round choice of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017, but the two sides did not come to terms on a signing bonus. 

Rasmussen underwent his second Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter and has not pitched for OSU this season. He is 14-5 with a 2.65 ERA in 24 career starts. 

Gretler went to Pittsburgh with the 294th pick. The senior is hitting .314 with 43 RBIs, 20 doubles and seven home runs. 

OSU has now had six players drafted. Infielders Nick Madrigal and Cadyn Grenier and outfielder Trevor Larnach came off the board on Monday. 

Madrigal was taken by the Chicago White Sox with the fourth overall pick. Larnach also heard his name called in the first round, as he went to the Minnesota Twins at No. 20. And Grenier was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 37th pick of the first round. 

The remaining rounds (11-40) will take place on Wednesday. 

• Mike Hicks, a Klamath Falls Gems outfielder from the University of Portland, has been named Great West League player of the week.

He hit .353 (6 for 17), with two home runs and five RBIs in the first week of the summer wood-bat season. He's a 6-7, 250-pounder from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

• The Pilots have signed three players for next season: catcher Noah Cracknell, left-handed pitcher Nick Nygard and right-hander Nate Packard.

Cracknell is from San Luis Obispo, California. Nygard played for Columbia River High in Vancouver, Washington. Packard comes from Puyallup, Wash.


Portland State has hired Zach Payne as an assistant coach. 

Payne was an assistant at Western Oregon the past two seasons. He was recently elevated to the role of associate head coach. WOU finished last season 31-2 and was ranked as high as third in NCAA Division II. 

From Danville, California, Payne also spent three seasons at Whitworth. 

He replaces Kahlil Fennell, who left PSU to become the director of basketball operations at Louisville.  


Portland has signed 2018 WHL bantam draft picks Gabe Klassen and Lochlan Gordon. 

Klassen, a forward from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, was selected in the first round with the 19th pick. He scored 52 goals and 89 points with the Prince Albert BAA last season. 

Gordon is a goaltender from Edmonton. He went in the third round with the 57th overall pick. He was 12-5-0-0 for Northern Alberta Xtreme Bantam Prep last season. 

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