The Washington softball team could not hold a late lead, falling 4-2 to No. 10 Oregon in Seattle on Friday night. Oregon (28-4, 5-0 Pac-12...
The Washington softball team could not hold a late lead, falling 4-2 to No. 10 Oregon in Seattle on Friday night.
Oregon (28-4, 5-0 Pac-12) also won the first game of the series and will go for the sweep Saturday.
The Huskies (24-10, 2-3), ranked No. 16 and No. 15 in the national polls, took their first lead of the series in the fifth inning by scoring two runs on an error.
But the lead didn’t last long.
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Oregon came back in the sixth on a two-run home run by Kaylan Howard and an RBI double by Janelle Lindvall.
Oregon freshman Cheridan Hawkins pitched a complete game to get the win.
• Seattle University won the second game of a doubleheader 2-0 to gain a split with Texas State (6-27, 1-4 Western Athletic Conference) at Logan Field.
Richelle Ashburn was dominant in the Seattle University (13-20, 2-3 WAC) victory, setting down the last 16 batters in collecting her eighth victory of the season.
Tommy Thorpe and Jimmy Sherfy combined on a three-hit shutout and 12th-ranked Oregon scored the only run of the game on a safety squeeze bunt in the second inning as the Ducks edged Washington 1-0 in Eugene.
Husky starter Austin Voth, who gave up one run on seven hits in his seven innings of work, was charged with the loss. Thorpe (4-2) pitched eight innings for Oregon (21-7, 7-1 Pac-12), allowing three hits and three walks while fanning seven.
Washington fell to 6-18, 2-6.
• Senior Tyler Roberts threw a two-hit shutout in the second game, giving Central Washington (16-12, 10-4 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) a split of its doubleheader at Western Oregon, which won the first game 6-4.
Washington won 4-3 at Arizona in the conference opener for both teams.
After being up 3-0, the Huskies (14-6, 1-0 Pac-12) could not find the elusive fourth point. Finally, sophomore Nick Kamisar of Sammamish clinched the match with his 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory.
No. 48 Washington’s upset bid fell just short as the Huskies (6-8) fell 4-3 to No. 21 Arizona State. The outcome came down to the final match, but Natali Coronel fell in a tiebreaker after holding off multiple match points.
• Elizaveta Luzina provided host Washington State with its lone point as the Cougars (12-8, 1-5 Pac-12) lost 6-1 to Arizona, (9-8, 1-3).
• Seattle University (5-12, 0-5 WAC) lost a pair of matches in San Marcos, Texas, falling 7-0 to San Jose State and 5-2 to Texas-Arlington.
The Western Washington University rowing team opened its season with a sweep of UC San Diego in a dual meet Friday morning on Lake Samish.
The Vikings’ varsity eight won by nearly two boat-lengths, completing the 2,000-meter course in 7 minutes, 2.5 seconds. UCSD was timed in 7:11.80.
Seattle University lost in the championship match of the Cypress Ridge Match Play in Arroyo Grande, Calif., falling 3 ½ to 1 ½ to Cal State Bakersfield.
Track and field
Washington’s Megan Goethals smashed the school record at 10,000 meters in her first time ever at the distance, crossing in 32:52.78 at the Stanford Invitational.
Goethals was in a field that featured U.S. Olympians Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, and was fourth overall, but second among NCAA athletes.
• Seattle University senior Erik Barkhaus finished in 29th place in the 10,000 meters at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival with a time of 31 minutes, 45.76 seconds.
Compiled from sports-information reports.