No. 2 Beavers roll to nonleague win
Oregon State 23, San Diego 6 (7 innings)
• The second-ranked Beavers used an 11-run explosion in the sixth inning to open a two-game home set with the Toreros with a convincing win.
The outburst came with the Beavers leading 12-6 after 5 1/2 innings and prompted officials and coaches to call the game after seven innings.
The NCAA encourages teams to play nine innings but allows for a seven-inning game to be played if two teams are scheduled to play twice in a non-conference series or if coaches agree to stop play after one team leads by more than 10 runs after seven innings.
Beavers starter Grant Gambrell lasted just 1 1/3 innings after issuing three runs on four hits, but OSU (39-8) scored eight runs in the first two innings to gain separation from the Toreros (23-31).
The Beavers collected 20 hits and struck out just twice in the game.Junior infielder Caydn Grenier led OSU with four hits, getting two doubles and five RBI's. Junior outfielder Sephen Kwan, sophomore catcher Adley Rutschman and sophomore infielder Tyler Malone collected three hits apiece and combined for nine runs scored.
Freshman right-hander Nathan Burns (1-0, 3.00) replaced Gambrell in the second inning and allowed two runs (one earned) to claim the win. Fellow freshman right-hander Dakota Donovan allowed one run over the final 3 2/3 innings.
The win was the Beavers' third in four days, after taking two of three from No. 3 Stanford (38-8) over the weekend.
OSU caps its eries with San Diego at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Goss Stadium.
• Also for the Beavers, left-hander Luke Heimlich was named Pac-12 pitcher of the week for his 14-strikeout victory over Stanford.
• Shorstop DJ Sanders of Oregon was named Pac-12 softball player of the week. The senior hit .455 with two three-run home runs in a 3-0 road sweep against California that enabled the Ducks to land the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA playoffs.
COLLEGE MEN'S GOLF
• Oregon shot a 1-over-par 289 for sixth place after the opening round of the Pacific regional in Stockton, California, and at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
Sophomore Norman Xiong was at 4-under 68 to lead the Ducks. Xiong was tied for fourth, one shot behind co-leaders Daniel Sutton of Kansas, Brandon Wu of Stanford and Ryan Han of UC Davis.
UO junior Ryan Gronlund had a 72, but the other Ducks struggled. Sophomore Kevin Geniza finished with a 74, junior Edwin Yi shot 75, and freshman Donald Kay had an 80.
Iowa State (278) built a three-shot lead on second-place Kansas in the 13-team tournament.
The top five teams from each regional advance to the NCAA tournament. Oregon is four strokes behind fifth-place Stanford.
The second of three rounds is Tuesday.
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
• The Concordia men, champions of the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, have been chosen as the GNAC co-team of the week.
The Cavaliers were joined by the Seattle Pacific women, who also won a league title, and the GNAC champion Western Oregon baseball team.