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Hawkins leads Oregon softball to Game 1 win

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Solid pitching and timely offense gave the second-ranked Oregon Ducks softball crew an early lead at the NCAA Super Regionals against North Carolina State.

Oregon’s slugging offense stayed silent through three innings, but exploded for four runs in the fourth and added on two more in the fifth to cap a 6-1 win over the Wolfpack on Friday night in Eugene.

Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Cheridan Hawkins made one mistake; a behind-in-the-count gift to the very first batter she faced. Renada Davis knocked a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to give NC State the early lead. Pin that one on early-game jitters, because Hawkins stifled every other batter she faced. Hawkins struck out 14–four short of her career high–and gave up just two hits, that home run, and walked three in her complete game outing.

While Hawkins stifled the opposing bats, the Ducks were revving up for a decent night at the plate. They didn’t get on the board until the fourth inning, when NC State’s Emily Weiman loaded the bases and pegged Danica Mercado to bring freshman phenom Jenna Lilley across the plate and tie the game. Alyssa Gillespie scored two more with a ground ball to short that escaped Maggie Hawkins’ glove on the throw to first. Nikke Udria tacked on one more in the fourth with an RBI single down the first base line.

Geri Ann Glasco continued the offensive burst in the fifth with a double to center off reliever Courtney Mirabella that scored Hailey Decker from second. Mercado capped it off with a sacrifice fly to score Janelle Lindvall.

Oregon will advance to Oklahoma City if it beats NC State in Game 2, Saturday at 12 p.m. PT in Eugene (ESPN). 

Oregon’s Inglis Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Month

SAN FRANCISCO – Caroline Inglis of OREGON has been named the Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Month for April, the Pac-12 announced today.
Inglis lead the Ducks to unchartered waters this April, with a second-place team finish at the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships, which was the program’s best finish in school history. The junior from Eugene, Oregon was the first individual Conference champion in program history as she carded a 7-under 206 – the second-lowest 54-hole tournament total in the school annals. Her 67′s in the first and third rounds at the Pac-12 Championships were career low rounds for Inglis.

She also paced the team in their win earlier the month at the Silverado Showdown, which was the Duck’s second team win of the spring, and the first time Oregon won two spring tournaments in a season since 2000. Now ranked No. 43 in the nation by Golfstat, Inglis currently possesses a 72.21 scoring average, which is on pace to break teammate Cassy Isagawa’s 72.76 school record from the 2011-12 season. 
This is Oregon’s first golfer of the month recipient this season and Inglis’ first career golfer of the month award. The Ducks now head to San Antonio, Texas, for NCAA regionals starting Thursday, May 7th.

Also nominated for golfer of the month honors were Lindsey Weaver, Jr., ARIZONA; Noemi Jimenez, Sr., ARIZONA STATE; Alexis Keating, Jr., COLORADO; Anica Yoo, Sr., OREGON STATE; Bronte Law, So., UCLA; Lauren Kim, Fr., STANFORD; Ying Luo, Jr., WASHINGTON.

Pac-12 announces outdoor track & field athletes of the week

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 13-April 19:

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week: ANDRE De GRASSE, USC (Jr., Toronto, Canada). Junior Andre De Grasse won the men’s Invitational 100-meter, 200-meter and was part of the winning 4×100-meter relay at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday. He beat a strong 100-meter dash field with a wind-aided personal-best time of 9.87 (+4.0w). His time moves him into a tie for the world-leading all-conditions time. De Grasse then came back to win the men’s Invitational 200-meter race with a legal personal best of 20.16 (+0.3). That time tied Aaron Brown’s Canadian record and third-place standing on the Trojans’ all-time 200-meter dash list. He now has the world-leading, wind-legal 200-meter time, as well. He began the day by running the second leg of USC’s winning 4×100-meter relay which posted a time of 38.98. The HSI/Nike team of Tyson Gay, Gil Roberts, Remontay McClain and Yousef Masrahi placed second with a time of 39.14. USC became the first collegiate relay team to win the Mt. SAC Invitational 4x100m relay race since 2002 and became just the second college team in the last 29 years. USC last won the event at Mt. SAC when it was the 4×100-yard relay back in 1973. It is the second time this season and second time in three weeks De Grasse has been named the Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Week. Also Nominated: Miles Parish, ARIZ; Marcus Chambers, ORE; Izaic Yorks, WASH; CJ Allen, WSU.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Week: JENNA PRANDINI, ORE (Jr., Clovis, Calif.). On a weekend where the Ducks racked up 18 event wins at Hayward Field during the Oregon Relays, junior Jenna Prandini carried the torch at the Mt. SAC Relays where she set two school records and posted two world-leading times on Saturday. Prandini highlighted the day by winning the 100-meter race with a wind-legal time of 10.92, breaking the previous school record and Pac-12 record of 10.96 set by former Duck English Gardner in 2013. The Clovis, Calif., native is now tied with Elaine Thompson for the fastest time in the world this season, and now owns the second-fastest time in NCAA history, the best since Dawn Sowell in 1989. Prandini owns sole possession of the world-leading mark in the 200 meter after winning in 22.42, breaking her own school record of 22.60 set last season. It is the second-consecutive week Prandini has earned a weekly nod, last week earning the Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honor. Also Nominated: Elvin Kibet, ARIZ; Dior Hall, USC; Alissa Atisme; UTAH; Haley Jacobson, WASH.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: CONOR McCULLOUGH, USC (Sr., Canoga Park, Calif.). Senior Conor McCullough won the men’s Invitational Hammer Throw competition at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18. McCullough won with a best throw of 241-9 (73.70m), the third-farthest throw in USC history, third-farthest by a U.S. male this year and currently 16th in the world. The Canoga Park, Calif., native had a strong series, improving with each throw while moving up the USC all-time list. With his second throw of 237-6 (72.39m), McCullough moved from fifth to fourth on the USC list, then with his fifth throw of 239-11 (73.13m), he moved into third on the list and bested it on his final attempt of 241-9. The competition also included Diego A. Del Real of Mexico who placed second with a throw of 238-5 to set the Mexican national record. McCullough wins the Conference honor for the second time this season. Also Nominated: Gerhard De Beer, ARIZ; Andrew Ghizzone, COLO; Trevor Ferguson, ORE; Nick Pfeiffer, WASH; Brad Stevens, WSU.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: TERA NOVY, USC (Jr., Montesano, Wash.). Junior Tera Novy won the women’s discus throw at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet in Los Angeles on April 16 with a personal best and new USC school record of 193-10 (59.12m) in her first attempt. Novy beat former Trojan Kate Hutchinson’s mark of 189-5 (57.73m) set during the 2006 season and surpassed her previous best of 186-0 set at the Trojan Invitational on March 21 by nearly eight feet. Novy had four throws over 180 feet in her series and now ranks second in the country in the discus throw. The following day, she participated in the invitational discus throw at the Mt. SAC Relays. She faced an elite field, which included five of the top 10 U.S. throwers (including Novy) and posted a best mark of 189-1 (57.64m) to earn fifth overall and first among college throwers. Novy had another very strong series with her shortest throw going 179-7 and all of the other five throws surpassing 180 feet. This week’s honor marks the third time she has earned the recognition this season. Also Nominated: Ashlee Moore, ORE; Kara Hallock, OSU; Tatum Souza, UCLA; Iise Kaaja, UTAH; Diamara Planell Cruz, WASH.

2015 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Men’s Track: March 24 – BeeJay Lee, USC; March 30 – Harrison Williams, STAN; April 6 – Andre De Grasse, USC; April 13 – Thomas Joyce, CAL; April 20 – Andre De Grasse, USC.

Women’s Track: March 24 – Amalie Iuel, USC; March 30 – Shelby Houlihan, ASU; April 6 – Deanna Hill, USC; April 13 – Kendall Ellis, USC; April 20 – Jenna Prandini, ORE.

Men’s Field: March 24 – Jax Thoirs, WASH; March 30 – Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA; April 6 – Conor McCullough, USC; April 13 – Pau Tonnesen, ARIZ; April 20 – Conor McCullough, USC.

Women’s Field: March 24 – Tera Novy, USC; March 30 – Abrianna Torres, COLO; April 6 – Tera Novy, USC; April 13 – Jenna Prandini, ORE; April 20 – Tera Novy, USC.

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Oregon’s Young named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

SAN FRANCISCO – OREGON senior guard Joseph Young has been named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for play from Feb. 2-8, the Conference office announced today in a vote of media who cover Pac-12 men’s basketball. 

The Houston, Texas, native averaged 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in two home victories for the Ducks, highlighted by breaking the 2,000 career point mark in the first game of the weekend. Young matched a season-high with 32 points in the 78-74 win against WASHINGTON, including the go-ahead jumper with 24 seconds remaining, along with three rebounds and two assists. On Sunday in the 95-72 win over WASHINGTON STATE, the senior was just two assists shy of a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for his second double-double of the year. On the week, he went 22-for-37 (.595) from the field, 7-for-14 (.500) from three-point range, and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the free-throw line. Young, who now has 2,031 career points – including 1,115 at Oregon and 916 at Houston – is one of only five active players in Division I to have scored more than 2,000 career points. 

The honor marks Young’s first-career weekly selection. It is the 33rd selection all-time for Oregon. 

The Ducks head to Los Angeles this week and will play at USC on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. PT, then at UCLA on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. PT. 

For more information, including a full television schedule, visit

Also Nominated: Bo Barnes, ASU; Tyrone Wallace, CAL; Gary Payton II, OSU; Stefan Nastic, STAN. 

2014-15 Pac-12 Players of the Week
Nov. 17: Tyrone Wallace, Jr., California
Nov. 24: Norman Powell, Sr., UCLA
Dec. 1: Stanley Johnson, Fr., Arizona
Dec. 8: Tyrone Wallace, Jr., California
Dec. 15: Delon Wright, Sr., Utah
Dec. 22: Elijah Stewart, Fr., USC
Dec. 29: Anthony Brown, Sr., Stanford
Jan. 5: Chasson Randle, Sr., Stanford
Jan. 12: Kevon Looney, Fr., UCLA
Jan. 19: Stanley Johnson, Fr., Arizona
Jan. 26: Gary Payton II, Jr., Oregon State
Feb. 2: Norman Powell, Sr., UCLA
Feb. 9: Joseph Young, Sr., Oregon

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Beavers Beaten Down by #18 USC

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LOS ANGELES – Southern California scored the final 28 points of the game on Saturday and the 22nd-ranked Trojans defeated Oregon State 28-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

It was the first loss for the Beavers (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12), whose four-game winning streak over the past two seasons was snapped in their Pacific-12 Conference opener.

Ryan Murphy’s 97-yard kickoff return in the first quarter accounted for OSU’s lone touchdown. Trevor Romaine added a 45-yard field goal that gave OSU a short-lived 10-7 advantage in the second quarter.

Senior quarterback Sean Mannion completed 15 of 32 passes for 123 yards. He was intercepted twice and remained tied with former USC star Carson Palmer for 13th on the Pac-12’s all-time passing touchdown list with 72.

Junior tailback Storm Woods led OSU’s ground attack with 61 yards on nine carries. Senior Richard Mullaney had a team-high five receptions for 78 yards.

The Trojans (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12) took a 7-0 lead on a 31-yard interception return by Su’a Cravens with 5:11 left in the first quarter. But Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-7 after Romaine’s PAT.

Romaine then sent the Beavers ahead 10-7 with a 45-yard field goal at 11:14 of the second quarter. USC surged in front to stay, 14-10, on Cody Kessler’s 16-yard TC pass to Justin Davis with 7:16 left in the half.

The Trojans scored again on a 48-yard Kessler-to-Darreus Rogers Hail Mary pass on the final play of the first half to go ahead 21-10 and added a clinching score early in the fourth quarter.

The Beavers resume Pac-12 action at 1 p.m. Saturday at Colorado. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.


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