Georgia claims NCAA men's track and field title
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
• Georgia captured the NCAA men's championship at Hayward Field, finishing with 52 points to 42 for runner-up Florida.
Houston was third with 35, followed by USC at 34 and Texas Tech and Alabama with 33 each.
Oregon tied for 35th with eight points. Sam Prakel, a senior, finished sixth in the 1,500 meters. The best Oregon finish came in the 100, where Cravon Gillespie was fourth in 10.27, in a final won by Houston's Cameron Burrell in 10.13.
USC set a couple of records.
The Trojans' Michael Norman won the 400 in 43.61 seconds, a collegiate all-time best. The time was under the previous meet record (44.00, Quincy Watts of USC, 1992) and the Hayward Field best (Michael Johnson, 43.74).
Teammate Rai Benjamin set an NCAA record in the 400 hurdles, winning in 47.02. The old mark of 47.56 was set by Kerron Clement of Florida in 2005.
Portland Pilots freshman Riley Osen placed eighth in the 3,000 steeplechase.
• Graduating senior shortstop DJ Sanders from the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks has signed with the Chicago Bandits of National Pro Fastpitch.
Sanders, who was drafted 21st in the fourth round this year, inked a three-year deal.
The Bandits were 6-0 this season going into a Friday game at the Aussie Spirit.
OREGON STATE 8, Minnesota 1
• Luke Heimlich was masterful again, and OSU's bats came out to play as well.
The result was a big Beavers victory in their NCAA super regional opener in Corvallis.
Heimlich held the Golden Gophers to seven hits and one run, without a walk. He struck out eight batters and threw 106 pitches, 72 for strikes, in 8 2/3 innings. Sam Tweedt came on to get the final out, after surrendering a single.
Heimlich improved to 16-1 this season and, in his final career start at Goss Stadium, raised his total win count to 36, tying Ben Wetzler (2011-14) for the most in OSU history.
Trevor Larnach and Adley Rutschman homered early, as the Beavers scored three runs in the first inning. OSU added a run in the second and two more in both the fourth and seventh.
Minnesota homered off Heimlich in the eighth.
Steven Kwan, Michael Gretler, Larnach and Rutschman each had two hits for Oregon State. Rutschman also had a double. Gretler hit a triple. Kwan had two RBIs.
OSU finished with 11 hits.
Game 2 of the best-of-three is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, would start at 6 p.m. Sunday.
• Rookie Wyndham Clark, who won a Pac-12 title with the Oregon Ducks, moved up 45 spots with a 4-under 68 and was tied for 54th halfway through the Rust-Oleum Championship at Ivanhoe, Illinois.
With a 3-under 141 total, he was nine shots back of leader Maverick McNealy.
• Rookie Caroline Inglis of Portland, a former Pac-12 champion at Oregon, shot a 1-over 72 to tie for 81st 18 holes into the Shoprite LPGA Classic at Galloway, New Jersey.
Anna Nordqvist, Laura Diaz and Celine Herbin were tied for first at 66 in the 54-hole event.
• Wilsonville's Brian Henninger was tied for 11th at 4-under 68 after one round of the 54-hole Principal Charity Classic at Des Moines, Iowa.
Portland native Peter Jacobsen shot 75.
Bernhard Langer grabbed a one-stroke lead with a 64.
• Veteran Ben Crane from Beaverton and the U of O missed the cut with a second-day 74 and 7-over total of 147 for 36 holes in the FedEx St. Jude Classic at Memphis, Tennessee. The cut came at 140 and better.
Seattle 4, TAMPA BAY 3
• For the second day in a row, the visiting Mariners held off a late charge by the Rays and won a one-run game.
Marco Gonzales (7-3) went 7 1/3 innings as the Seattle starter, allowing five hits, no walks and two runs, with three strikeouts.
The M's nabbed their 40th win of 2018 -- half of them by one run. And, they are 16-4 in their last 20 games, the franchise's best 20-game stretch since 2003.
Seattle is 40-23, one game ahead of Houston (40-25) for first in the American League West. The Astros defeated Texas, 7-3, on Friday.
In one-run games, the M's are 20-9.
The Mariners won the series opener, 5-4, on Thursday.
Game 3 is 1 p.m. PT Saturday, with Felix Hernandez (5-4, 5.33) slated to start against Blake Snell 97-3, 2.36). The fourth and final game of the series, at 10 a.m. PT, is scheduled to have James Paxton (5-1, 295) on the mound for the Mariners.
Seattle scored first on Friday, with Daniel Vogelbach singling home Ben Gamel, and Jean Segura then scoring Guillermo Heredia with a groundout.
Heredia made it a 3-0 game in the fourth with an RBI groundout.
Each team got a run in the fourth; Mitch Haniger had an RBI single for the M's.
The Rays tallied two runs in the eighth, but Edwin Diaz blanked them over the final 1 1/3 innings for his 22nd save.
Wenatchee at Portland, ppd.
• Friday night's scheduled West Coast League baseball game at Walker Stadium was postponed due to rain.
The game will be made up on Monday.
The Pickles and AppleSox are also scheduled to meet at Walker at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.