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Beavers Fall in Opener to Cal Poly

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A six-run seventh inning propelled Cal Poly to an 8-1 victory Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, sending No. 24 Oregon State to its first home loss of the season.

A grand slam by John Schuknecht highlighted the six-run inning and dropped OSU to 13-1 at Goss Stadium this season. The Beavers (20-6 overall) and Mustangs (8-14) continue the series Saturday at 1:35 p.m. PT.

The Beavers managed just four hits off Cal Poly starter Casey Bloomquist, who picked up the win to improve to 2-2 on the year. The right-hander tossed a complete game, striking out three to no walks.

Andrew Moore took the loss, his first of the season, to drop to 2-1. He finished with a quality start, allowing four runs – three earned – in 6 1/3 innings. He left with a 2-1 deficit but had runners on first and second with one down when Zack Reser came on in relief.

KJ Harrison led the Beavers with two hits.

Oregon State and Cal Poly continue the series Saturday at Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. PT.

A free live video stream will be available on osubeavers.com. Fans can also catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn.

For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball, by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverBaseball.

Information for this story provided by OSU Staff.

Web Extra: Beavs Eliminated from Tourney

CORVALLIS, Ore. — In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Oregon State Beavers were the victims of an upset at the hands of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Hear from OSU Head Coach Scott Rueck, guard Sydney Wiese and center Marie Gülich addressing the team’s early exit in the tournament as well as looking back on their 27-5 season.

Altman, Young, Payton Given Pac12 Honors

EUGENE, Ore.–Oregon and Oregon State Men’s Basketball programs were awarded top honors and the Ducks’ Dana Altman and Joseph Young were named Pac-12 Coach and Player of the Year. From the Beavers, Gary Payton II was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

After being picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, Altman guided Oregon to a tie for a second-place finish in the Pac-12 race. The Ducks finished the regular season with a 23-8 record and a 13-5 record in Pac-12. This is the fifth consecutive season that the Ducks have posted a 20+ win season. It’s the second time in three season that Altman has been given this award and the fourth time that an Oregon coach has earned the distinction.

Young is the fourth Duck to earn Player of the Year, joining the likes of former Duck guards Ron Lee (1975-76), Terrell Brandon 1990-91), and Luke Ridnour (2002-03) with his honor. The senior guard from Houston, Texas, averaged 19.8 points and 3.7 assists through the regular season, leading Oregon to a 23-8 overall record and a 13-5 mark in Pac-12 play that landed the Ducks in a second-place tie.

Payton II becomes the third Beaver to be named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, joining his father Gary Payton (1986-87) and Seth Tarver (2009-10). After the elder Payton won the honor in 1987, the league discontinued the award until it was reinstated in 2008. A transfer from Salt Lake Community College, Payton II has been dominant on both ends of the floor, leading the Beavers in scoring, rebounding, steals and minutes played. He has at least one steal in every game and is currently second in the nation with 3.07 per contest.

Both teams are heading into the Pac-12 Conference Tournament in Las Vegas this week. The No. 2 Ducks will player the winner of No. 7 Oregon State and No. 10 Colorado on Thursday night.

UO Edges OSU in Civil War Thriller

mbb civil war picCORVALLIS, Oregon – An NCAA Tournament berth is seemingly assured for the UO men’s basketball team after the Ducks used clutch free-throwing shooting in the final 30 seconds to survive a Civil War slugfest, 65-62, before 9,339 raucous fans in Gill Coliseum.

How It Happened: The Ducks (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12) took command after the sixth and final tie of the night, at 52-52 in the final five minutes. On a set play out of a timeout, Dwayne Benjamin used a Joseph Young screen to find space for a three-pointer that put Oregon up for good. Young then forced a steal at midcourt, drove the lane and dished to Dillon Brooks for an emphatic dunk. The Beavers (17-13, 8-10) scored twice to get within one, but Elgin Cook, Brooks and Jalil Abdul-Bassit each hit two of two free throws in the final 30 seconds to clinch it for Oregon.

Before the teams slugged it out over the final minutes, it was a game of runs. Oregon opened up with an 8-0 lead, and the Beavers used a 7-1 spurt to get within 11-10. Oregon State clawed ahead, using a 10-2 run to lead 28-19, before the Ducks again scored eight in a row to get within 28-27. The score was tied at halftime, 32-32, and the Beavers scored the first six out of halftime before Oregon used two different 7-0 runs to lead 48-44. The second 7-0 run came after OSU’s Gary Payton II picked up his third and fourth fouls on consecutive possessions with more than 13 minutes left. He went to the bench with the Beavers up 44-41, their last lead.

Who Stood Out: Cook made 7-of-12 field goals to score 17 points and lead four UO scorers in double figures. Young added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Abdul-Bassit and Benjamin scored 12 apiece.

What It Means: Oregon is “off the bubble (and) in the field” for the NCAA Tournament, projects Jerry Palm of CBS Sports. The Ducks take a five-game winning streak into the conference tournament next week, having won nine out of their last 10.

Odds and Ends: The Ducks have now lost the battle on the boards just twice in their last nine games, despite relying on a lineup that rarely goes bigger than 6-foot-7. … Payton barely missed a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. … UO football coaches Mark Helfrich, Don Pellum, Scott Frost, Steve Greatwood and Matt Lubick sat behind the Oregon bench. … With no seniors to honor prior to their final home game, Oregon State started five walk-ons, all Oregon natives. The Beavers subbed in their usual starters after two possessions by each team, with the Ducks leading 3-0.

Up Next: The Ducks begin play in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas next Thursday, most likely as the No. 3 seed (8:30 p.m., ESPN). They would face the winner of Wednesday’s first-round game between the No. 6 and No. 11 seeds, still to be determined by play this weekend.

Story provided by Oregon athletics.

Web Extra: No. 7 OSU Falls to Stanford

CORVALLIS, Ore.–Oregon State Women’s Basketball couldn’t pull it out against the No. 19 Cardinal as OSU fell 69-58. A win would have given the Beavers their first ever outright Pac-12 title in school history. If they can beat No. 24 Cal on Saturday then they will take home the title.

Scorpion On OSU Basketball Team’s Flight

CORVALLIS, Ore. —  A bizarre surprise for passengers on board a weekend flight: a scorpion stinging a woman on board. Members of the Oregon State University men’s basketball team saw it unfold a few rows away.

The team was flying from Los Angeles to Portland after a tough loss against USC on Saturday.

“It was maybe two rows behind me,” said OSU guard Malcolm Duvivier. “I just heard a little commotion. I turned around and I just heard the lady say she got stung or bit by a scorpion.”

Players were in different spots on the plane. Also on board was the Portland State University women’s basketball team.

Tanner Sanders, also a guard on the team, says he saw a PSU player stand up.

“I took my headphones out and I heard ‘scorpion,’” he said. “And I was just kind of thinking: what? Is there really a scorpion on this plane?”

Wayne Tinkle, head basketball coach, says the scorpion originally landed on a man in front of him.

“It was on his arm, directly in front of Coach Wortham,” he said. “And he swatted it ahead. Instead of – he easily could have flicked it back towards us.”

Instead, Tinkle says the scorpion landed on a woman’s hand and stung her.

“It was swollen a little bit but she was fine,” he said.

The plane, still on the tarmac in Los Angeles, went back to the gate so she could seek medical treatment. Players say the woman remained calm.

“The part after that was: okay, let’s look around and make sure there aren’t any more,” Tinkle said. “And then they asked for me to look in the overhead bins because of my height. And that was kind of scary, wondering what was going to pop out of there.”

Players, too, started looking around for any other creatures on board.

“All I did was put my feet up and start looking around,” Duvivier said. “Making sure there were no scorpions near me.”

“I kind of checked the area above me to see if there were any scorpions,” said forward Olaf Schaftenaar. “But everything turned out to be okay.”

“I was looking down around my feet making sure there was nothing near me,” Sanders said. “I had my shoes off. I put them back on pretty quickly.”

Alaska Airlines says it is not sure how the scorpion got on board, but says the plane was in Mexico before flying to Los Angeles. Once the flight landed in Portland, exterminators made sure there were not any others on board.

Surely a trip players and coaches will never forget.

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