Pamplin Media Group – Oregon State Baseball Moves to 15-4

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 23

College baseball — Oregon State won a midweek non-league game with Seattle, 8-3, at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.

Justin Boyd and Travis Bazzana had three hits and two RBIs each. Greg Fuchs had two hits and two RBIs.

The Beavers (15-4) will next play three games in California. They are now ranked No. 2 behind Ole Miss by Baseball America and No. 6 by D1Baseball.com.

College softball — Portland State (16-10) earned its third straight shutout, 8-0 against Warner Pacific at Erv Lind Stadium.

The Vikings will start the Big Sky Conference game in Montana on Saturday (double-header starting at noon) and Sunday (11 a.m.).

Portland Men’s Basketball — The Pilots will play at Southern Utah at 3 p.m. Saturday in The Basketball Classic (streaming on ESPN+).

Ward dies — People of a certain generation might remember Pete Ward, the former Portland prep and college star who played in the major leagues. He died on March 16 at age 84.

Ward was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of former NHL player Jimmy Ward.

He attended and played baseball at Jefferson High and Lewis & Clark College.

He had a career average of .254 with 98 homers and 427 RBI, playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.

He hit .295 with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs in 1963 for the White Sox, finishing second in American League Rookie of the Year voting. The following year, he hit .282 with 23 home runs and 94 RBIs. But, his numbers went down after that.

He was a minor league manager with the Yankees and coached Bobby Cox with the Atlanta Braves in 1978. He eventually managed the Portland Beavers.

Ward is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

Sailors sign Romo — The Seattle Mariners, who are dealing with the injury loss of top reliever Casey Sadler, have reached a deal with reliever Sergio Romo, reports say.

OSU vs. SJSU – Oregon State has announced two football games against San Jose State added to the schedule for the 2029 and 2030 seasons.

The Beavers will host the Spartans on September 8, 2029, followed by a game in San Jose on September 7, 2030 (after a game with Ole Miss in Corvallis).

Duck legends — Oregon will see four legends return to coach in its April 23 spring game at Autzen Stadium.

De’Anthony Thomas (offensive coordinator) and Haloti Ngata (defensive coordinator) will serve as honorary coaches for the yellow team, while LaMichael James (OC) and Arik Armstead (DC) will coach the green team. Many other former players and alumni will also be returning to Eugene for the spring game.

TUESDAY MARCH 22

Portland Men’s Basketball — The Pilots will play Southern Utah later this week in the next round of The Basketball Classic. The Thunderbirds beat UTEP on Tuesday to qualify.

As of Tuesday evening, no time or date for the next round had been announced.

College baseball — Sam Brown went 4 for 4 with an RBI and Spencer Scott had three hits as the Portland Pilots (15-5) beat Seattle U 8-2 in a non-conference game. …

Tanner Smith homered and doubled as Oregon won 9-5 over No. 19 Gonzaga at Spokane, the Ducks’ fourth straight victory (14-6).

Kraken wins — Carson Soucy scored twice as Seattle won 4-2 against Arizona. Daniel Sprong, acquired from the Washington Capitals on Monday, scored in his first game with the Kraken (20-38-6, 46 points), which edged the Coyotes (20-39-4, 44 points) at the bottom of the Western Conference.

OSU Gymnastics No. 4 seed at Regionals – After clinching a share of the Pac-12 title for the first time in program history, Oregon State Gymnastics won the fourth seed at regionals next week in Seattle. OSU, ranked No. 13 in the nation, will face Utah, ranked fourth nationally, in the Thursday, March 31 semifinal with Illinois and the winner of a play-off between Stanford and State. from San Jose.

On Friday, April 1, Alabama (2 seeds, 5 nationally), Michigan State (3 seeds, 12 nationally), BYU and Washington will advance to the second semi-final.

The top two teams from each semi-final will qualify for the regional final on Saturday April 2 where the top two teams will qualify for the national match.

Nurkic fined — Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for his altercation with a fan Sunday in Indiana.

He approached and had words with the youngster after the game, grabbed his mobile phone and threw it into the spectator area.

Tuiloma called — Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma has been called up by the New Zealand national team for the Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament. He joined the team in Doha, Qatar.

New Zealand play New Caledonia on Thursday.

Tuiloma, 26, has made 27 appearances for New Zealand.

Pickle Tickets — Tickets for the Portland Pickles baseball team, which plays in a summer wooden bat collegiate league, have gone on sale.

See http://www.picklestickets.com.

The Pickles play 40 games at Walker Stadium. There will be three pre-season games and then their West Coast League home opener on May 31.

MONDAY MARCH 21

Lillard out — The Trail Blazers have announced that star guard Damian Lillard, as expected, will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Lillard has made good progress in the reconditioning phase of his rehabilitation protocol following his abdominal surgery in January, the team said. He has met several key performance criteria to date and will continue his terminal rehabilitation over the coming weeks.

The Trail Blazers have played many young players with Lillard, center Jusuf Nurkic and several other players, and after mid-season trades.

Waverley Country Club — Portland’s prestigious Waverley Country Club has been named the host course for the fifth U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, August 24-27, 2023.

This will be the eighth USGA championship to be played at Waverley; the first was the 1952 US Women’s Amateur, the last being the 2017 US Senior Women’s Amateur. Tiger Woods won his third junior amateur at Waverley in 1993.

Falcons sign Mariota — The Atlanta Falcons traded quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts, then quickly announced the signing of former Oregon great Marcus Mariota.

Mariota, who had spent the previous two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders, and previously played five seasons for the Tennessee Titans, has agreed to a two-year contract.

He saw little action with Las Vegas and only played seven games for Tennessee in 2019. In five seasons with the Titans, he threw 76 touchdown passes and 44 interceptions and also rushed for 11 touchdowns .

Gauthier honored — Portland Winterhawks goaltender Taylor Gauthier was named Western Hockey League Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 20.

The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect was 2-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and .981 save percentage in two wins over Seattle.

Since joining the Winterhawks, Gauthier is 18-3-0-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .943 save percentage and four shutouts.

The beavers sweep the honors — Oregon State left-handed pitcher Cooper Hjerpe and infielder Travis Bazzana were named Pac-12 pitcher and player of the week, respectively.

Hjerpe struck out 12 and allowed one hit over seven innings in a 21-0 win over Arizona State. He has five wins and a 1.88 ERA.

Bazzana drove in eight runs – one shy of Ken Bowen’s 1985 school record – in the 21-0 win. He hit a Grand Slam home run. In the next game, another OSU rout, Bazzana again homered. In five games last week, he had 11 RBIs and eight hits.

The Beavers will face Seattle on Wednesday in a non-league game.

Oregon State is ranked No. 2 by Baseball America, behind Ole Miss.

Gonzaga vs. Arkansas – Fresh off the Sweet 16 with two wins at Moda Center, No. 1 seed Gonzaga (28-3) takes on No. 4 Arkansas (27-8) in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinals in West Region, 4 p.m. Thursday in San Francisco, Calif., airs on KOIN (6).

The winner will face the Texas Tech-Duke winner on Saturday for a spot in the Final Four.

Meanwhile, UCLA, the other team to qualify for Portland’s Sweet 16, faces North Carolina in an East Region semifinal on Friday.

College softball — Oregon (21-4) set a school record with nine interceptions and also had 14 hits in a 9-3 win at BYU. Hanna Delgado and KK Humphreys had three hits apiece, and Allee Bunker extended his hitting streak to 16 games.

The Ducks host Cal in a series this weekend.

Charity Sevaaetasi made the winning run in the top of the eighth inning as Oregon State (23-7) defeated Grand Canyon 6-5 in Phoenix, Arizona.

She was 2 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Madison Simon hit a three-run homer.

The Beavers will face Stanford in a three-game home series next.


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