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Beavers get no respect in Ohio - from ABC

The network barely notices Oregon State in season opener
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The college football seasons opened up for teams across Oregon Saturday and the results were basically as they were predicted ... by Las Vegas ... with No. 24 Oregon scoring a blowout at home against Bowling Green and Oregon State getting mauled at No. 5 Ohio State on national television.

Portland State lost at Nevada .. and Div. II and NAIA teams also kicked off to spirited fanfare - George Fox opened with 122 players on its roster.

The thing that caught my attention most, at least in the morning hours, was ABC’s coverage of the OSU at OSU game, and it owes an apology to Oregon State and Beaver Nation for how it turned the game into a local broadcast of the Buckeyes.

Oregon State traveled halfway across the country to face a very difficult game - underdogs by 39 points and with a new head coach (the program’s fourth in five years), but it pretty much wasn’t even involved in the game, other than as the program getting fed to the host school.

Jonathan Smith, a former Beavers standout at quarterback, was coaching his first game as a head coach, but ABC didn’t even acknowledge him until more than 12 minutes had gone by. The Beavers had the ball for the fourth time, had already scored a touchdown and been in OSU territory three times before they put the camera on him and let the nation know he was one of the brightest offensive minds in the game. The Beavers even lost their starting quarterback after just one possession to make the game that much harder, yet back-up Conor Blount was performing admirably against one of the premier defensive lines in the game.

The network, and rightly so, opened the broadcast with an update of the drama surrounding Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension that led to assistant Ryan Day taking over as interim head coach. ABC’s broadcast team of Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy covered Day extensively, as it should have.

But, Oregon State actually played in the game, too, and they pretty much forgot to include that element as part of the broadcast for most of the first quarter. They eventually got around to Smith and former coach Mike Riley returning to become an assistant on the team’s fourth possession.

The score by the team’s fourth possession was getting out of hand, and it was a disaster of a game on defense along the way to giving up 77 points. But, the offense played heroically behind Blount, receiver Trevon Bradford and running back Artavis Pierce, and eventually scored 31 points.

ABC just covered Ohio State for almost the entire first quarter, something that shows no respect for a major college program, which might be in a rocky spot in football - almost half of the team had never played in a Div. I game before, but is still celebrating a national title in baseball so there’s plenty to talk about regarding the teams from Corvallis. None of that drama or excitement got anywhere near the broadcast until a half-hour had passed.

The game wasn’t much in doubt pretty quickly, but Oregon State deserved a lot more respect that it got shown by ABC Saturday morning. And, it’s apology worthy - to coach Smith and Beaver Nation, regardless of the eventual score.

No. 3 OSU wins series over No. 2 Stanford

Beavers narrowly miss weekend sweep at Goss Stadium
Staff report

Oregon State's drive to win another NCAA Baseball World Series continued to pick up steam this weekend with a pair of wins over Pac-12 leader Stanford in Corvallis.

The Beavers, who entered ranked No. 3, beat Stanford, No. 2, Friday and Saturday before faltering Sunday at Goss Stadium. OSU led 6-1 after four innings, but lost 9-6 in the 10th.

Next up, the Beavers play the first of two games against San Diego in Corvallis today. The conference schedule winds out with a three-game series at USC that begins Friday, and a three-game series with UCLA, May 24-26.

OSU, which started the season ranked No. 1, has won or tied 15 of its last 17 games.

Stanford remained atop the conference standings with OSU second, although the lead for the Cardinal is just 1.5 games

 

Oregon wins Pac-12 title, next up NCAA

Ducks move to No. 1 after regular-season series win, reach playoffs
Staff report

Oregon reached one of the goals it set out to accomplish at the start of the college softball season - win the Pac-12 Conference title again.

Now, the second goal - win the national championship.

The Ducks beat Cal in three games during the weekend, running their win streak to 13 straight. That bumped them from No. 2 to No. 1 with the playoffs arriving Thursday.

Oregon will play host to a four-team, double-elimination tournament that includes the University of Albany, Drake and Brigham Young.

The conference title is the team's fifth in the past six years. The Ducks, though, have not won the national title or reached the title game. The Pac-12, once the darling of college softball by winning 10 title in 11 years leading up to 2011, has not won a title since 2011. A Pac-12 school has not won a title since that ASU team did it in 2011.

The conference enters the 64-team NCAA tournament with seven representatives: Oregon, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Washington, No. 8 ASU, Arizona, Cal and Oregon State. The Southeastern Conference had 13 of its 14 schools reach the playoffs.

Oklahoma, which has won the past two national championships and three of the past five, and Florida, the national champion of 2014 and '15, are seeded in the top 5.

Following the 16 Regional tournaments, the winners move to the Super Regionals, a best two-of-three series that will produce an eight-team World Series roster. The World Series will be played out May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

 

OSU's Schroeder headed to nationals

The sophomore won her regional by eight strokes
Staff report

Oregon State sophomore Nicole Schroeder is heading to the NCAA National Championships on a major roll, having won the Madison, Wis., Regional by eight strokes Tuesday.

Schroeder shot two rounds in the 60s in the three-round regional, earning a spot at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., beginning May 18. The Beavers finished eighth as a team, missing a spot in the finals by two spots.

By winning the regional, Schroeder completed a stunning turnaround from the Pac-12 Championships two weeks earlier when she finished in a tie for 34th at 12-over. Oregon State finished 11th in the conference tournament, but still managed a spot in the 72-team regional line-up, which allowed Schroeder to dazzle the Wisconsin fans.

 

 

Basketball season comes to end

Oregon's loss to Notre Dame cuts off college title drives
Staff report

The Oregon Ducks were poised to reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament Monday night when a scoing drought led to Notre Dame's 84-74 victory in the Spokane Region women's basketball final.

Oregon led 48-42 early in the third quarter, but the Irish finished the quarter on a 19-7 roll and held off a brief rally in the fourth quarter on the way to the victory. Oregon's season ended at the Elite 8 stage for the second consecutive year.

The Ducks finished at 33-5, the most wins in the program's history, and the Pac-12 regular season and tournament champion.

Sabrina Ionescu, the conference Player of the Year, led the team with 26 points, while Ruthy Hebard added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Oregon graduates just two seniors - 3-point standout Lexi Bando and Justine Hall.

 

Beavers prep for Baylor rematch

4CAST: NCAA Tourney, Hawks, Timbers, Thorns, Pac-12
Staff report

The NCAA Tournament established game times for the Sweet 16 Tuesday, and Oregon State got a 4 p.m. slot against second-ranked Baylor in Lexington, Ky.

Oregon will play Central Michigan Saturday at 3 p.m. in Spokane, Wash.

Baylor is 33-1, while OSU is 25-7, but has a 3-0 record against the Bears all-time. The Beavers beat Baylor in 2016 to advance to the Final Four for the first time. It's the third-straight year OSU has reached the Sweet 16.

Oregon heads for the Sweet 16 for the second-straight year after advancing to the Elite 8 last year. The Ducks are 32-4, while Central Michigan is 30-4.

2. WINTERHAWKS HEADED FOR PLAYOFFS

The 72-game regular season came to a close with a 5-4 loss to Spokane Sunday for the Portland Winterhawks, but the season begins anew Saturday. Portland, which finished the regular season at 44-22-1-5 for 94 points, plays the Chiefs in a seven-game series with the first two games in Portland Saturday and Sunday.

The Hawks-Chiefs series is one of eight that starts the first round of the WHL Playoffs. The winner will advance to the Memorial Cup, which will be played for the 100th time this year.

3. TIMBERS/THORNS EYE LEAGUE PLAY

The Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers return to the pitch Saturday with league matches. The Thorns, who drew with Houston 0-0 Saturday at Merlo Field, open NWSL play at North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland won its second NWSL title last season.

The Timbers, 0-2 in MLS action, play at Houston Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland has scored just once in its two games, and is looking for its first win under new coah Giovanni Savarese.

4. PAC-12 SOFTBALL, BASEBALL

In Pac-12 softball, Sixth-ranked Oregon is 25-5 heading for a weekend off before a three-game series with rival Oregon State March 29-31 in Corvallis.

Oregon State recovered from a 12-0 loss Saturday to beat Cal 8-3 Sunday and earn a 2-1 series win in Corvallis. Oregon State is 19-10 heading into a three-game series at UCLA Friday.

In Pac-12 baseball, top-ranked Oregon State is 18-1 on the year, matching the 1951, 1962, 2013 and 2017 teams for the best record through 19 games. OSU has won 13 consecutive Pac-12 games dating back to the 2016 season. The Beavers start a three-game series with Washington on Friday.
 
In other Pac-12 action, Oregon starts a three-game series with Cal starting Friday. Oregon is 8-2 at home this season.

Beavers, Ducks get game times

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4CAST: NCAA Tourney, Winterhawks, Soccer, Diamond play
Staff report

The NCAA Tournament established game times for the Sweet 16 Tuesday, and Oregon State got a 4 p.m. slot against second-ranked Baylor in Lexington, Ky.

Oregon will play Central Michigan Saturday at 3 p.m. in Spokane, Wash.

Baylor is 33-1, while OSU is 25-7, but has a 3-0 record against the Bears all-time. The Beavers beat Baylor in 2016 to advance to the Final Four for the first time. It's the third-straight year OSU has reached the Sweet 16.

Oregon heads for the Sweet 16 for the second-straight year after advancing to the Elite 8 last year. The Ducks are 32-4, while Central Michigan is 30-4.

2. WINTERHAWKS HEADED FOR PLAYOFFS

The 72-game regular season came to a close with a 5-4 loss to Spokane Sunday for the Portland Winterhawks, but the season begins anew Saturday. Portland, which finished the regular season at 44-22-1-5 for 94 points, plays the Chiefs in a seven-game series with the first two games in Portland Saturday and Sunday.

3. TIMBERS/THORNS EYE LEAGUE PLAY

The Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers return to the pitch Saturday with league matches. The Thorns, who drew with Houston 0-0 Saturday at Merlo Field, open NWSL play at North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland won its second NWSL title last season.

The Timbers, 0-2 in MLS action, play at Houston Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland has scored just once in its two games, and is looking for its first win under new coah Giovanni Savarese.

4. PAC-12 SOFTBALL, BASEBALL

In Pac-12 softball, Sixth-ranked Oregon is 25-5 heading for a weekend off before a three-game series with rival Oregon State March 29-31 in Corvallis.

Oregon State recovered from a 12-0 loss Saturday to beat Cal 8-3 Sunday and earn a 2-1 series win in Corvallis. Oregon State is 19-10 heading into a three-game series at UCLA Friday.

In Pac-12 baseball, top-ranked Oregon State is 18-1 on the year, matching the 1951, 1962, 2013 and 2017 teams for the best record through 19 games. OSU has won 13 consecutive Pac-12 games dating back to the 2016 season. The Beavers start a three-game series with Washington on Friday.
 
In other Pac-12 action, Oregon starts a three-game series with Cal starting Friday. Oregon is 8-2 at home this season.

NCAA website shows what it thinks of women

COLUMN: The men's and women's tournaments promoted very differently
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

When the NCAA Tournament bracket was released for women’s basketball last week, Oregon State University didn’t get treated very well. And, it kinda got worse, because even though the Beavers’ program produced some unprecedented success, the entire women’s game got fairly well disrespected this weekend.

For starters, Oregon State, despite being ranked No. 13 nationally in the Associated Press poll, which is promoted on ncaa.com, the Beavers were relegated to a No. 6 seed, something that would put them ranked 24th or worse. With that seed, OSU didn’t get to play host to one of the 16 four-team sub-regional tournaments, which the sixth-ranked Oregon Ducks did as a No. 2 seed. The Beavers were the only team among the top 16 that didn’t get to host games over the weekend.

When the results came in, though, the NCAA did plenty to disrespect more than just the Beavers. They did it to the women’s game.

Oregon State won its two games, including a win over host Tennessee that was the Vols’ first ever at home in the tournament. The Beavers might not have gotten seeded where they should have, but they played like a team that should have been seeded higher. Great job OSU.

It’s in looking for results on the game via the NCAA website that you find out how much respect the organization has for women’s basketball, or perhaps women’s sports in general.

As the men’s tournament is taking place at the same time, there’s tournament games aplenty to provide results on, and the NCAA did that ... for men’s games. Every game Sunday got a video, a short recap of the game and the game box score. The front page of the NCAA website shows off the thrill of the tournament. And, there’s one story on the women’s game.

Each one of the women’s games got a box score, and a link to a story that turned out to be the tournament bracket. The games involving a No. 1 or 2 seed got a short video, but all the website links went to the same place - the tournament bracket. Even the headlines from Monday that promoted some excitement of the day - “8 more teams vie for Sweet 16 berths” - went to the bracket.

Today, after those eight games were decided, the NCAA website promoted the men’s tournament Sweet 16 being set with a video and story, and the women’s Sweet 16 being set with a listing of the scores from the previous two days.

This actually seems like an opportunity for women to address the importance of their sports to their governing body - why does the NCAA care more about the men’s game than the women’s game? Obvioiusly, it’s money. But, it shouldn’t affect something as basic as the NCAA website where the economic affect of putting a little more effort into promotion of the women’s tournament is just flat out effort.

Oregon and Oregon State are getting covered just fine by local media, which has put them at the top of their news. And, the Ducks and Beavers have plenty of fans - show off by the Ducks getting more than 7,500 fans for their game Sunday. But the NCAA is showing off just how little it thinks of women’s athletics by putting effort into only promoting the men’s tournament.

 

Blazers begin stretch run

4CAST: NBA, NCAA Tourney, Winterhawks, MLS/NWSL
Staff report

The Portland Trail Blazers start the first of four consecutive games against teams at the top of the the Western Conference and Eastern Conference with the Houston Rockets tonight.

Houston leads the Western Conference and will take on the Blazers at the Moda Center at 7:30 p.m., a game set to be televised by TNT.

Portland, with a 13-game winning streak through Monday, then gets Boston - the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 team - on Friday.

They head to Oklahoma City Sunday and play at New Orleans next Monday.

With the win streak the Blazers vaulted into third place in the Western Conference and first place in the Northwest Division. The conference strength is significant this season as all eight playoff teams are at least nine games above .500. The Blazers have just 12 games to go in the regular season.

Oklahoma City is 43-29 and just two games behind Portland in the race for the division title, while New Orleans is 40-30 and tied for fifth place in the West with Utah. The Pelicans may be a first-round playoff opponent for Portland.

2.NCAA WOMEN'S TOURNEY

Central Michigan, and 11th seed in the NCAA Women's Tournament 11th, scored a huge upset of Ohio State Monday, and will get the University of Oregon in the Sweet 16 Saturday in Spokane, Wash. Oregon is 32-4 on the year, while Central Michigan is 30-4.

Oregon State, meanwhile, gets second-ranked Baylor on Friday. The game is set for Lexington, Ky., Friday. Baylor is 33-1, while OSU is 25-7 following its upset of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday.

The Pac-12 got two more teams into the Sweet 16 Monday - UCLA and Stanford, and has four teams in the Sweet 16.

3. WINTERHAWKS HEADED FOR PLAYOFFS

The 72-game regular season came to a close with a 5-4 loss to Spokane Sunday for the Portland Winterhawks, but the season begins anew Saturday. Portland, which finished the regular season at 44-22-1-5 for 94 points, plays the Chiefs in a seven-game series with the first two games in Portland Saturday and Sunday.

4. TIMBERS/THORNS EYE LEAGUE PLAY

The Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers return to the pitch Saturday with league matches. The Thorns, who drew with Houston 0-0 Saturday at Merlo Field, open NWSL play at North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland won its second NWSL title last season.

The Timbers, 0-2 in MLS action, play at Houston Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland has scored just once in its two games, and is looking for its first win under new coah Giovanni Savarese.

ALSO

In Pac-12 softball, Sixth-ranked Oregon is 25-5 heading for a weekend off before a three-game series with rival Oregon State March 29-31 in Corvallis.

Oregon State recovered from a 12-0 loss Saturday to beat Cal 8-3 Sunday and earn a 2-1 series win in Corvallis. Oregon State is 19-10 heading into a three-game series at UCLA Friday.

In Pac-12 baseball, top-ranked Oregon State is 18-1 on the year, matching the 1951, 1962, 2013 and 2017 teams for the best record through 19 games. OSU has won 13 consecutive Pac-12 games dating back to the 2016 season. The Beavers start a three-game series with Washington on Friday.
 
In other Pac-12 action, Oregon starts a three-game series with Cal starting Friday. Oregon is 8-2 at home this season.

 

Lady Beavers score huge win

OSU's upset of Tenneesee on the road is a bracket-buster
Staff report

Maybe the national rankings had it right.

Cast aside as a mere sixth seed despite being ranked 13th in nation polls at the end of the season, the Oregon State women’s basketball team beat third-seeded Tennessee - ranked just 12th - in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Oregon State women’s basketball team booked its third-straight trip to the Sweet 16 on Sunday, with a 66-59 win over the Lady Vols.
 
Senior Marie Gulich had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, and sophomore Mikayla Pivec led the Beavers with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Junior Katie McWilliams finished with 15 points and six assists, while freshman Taya Corosdale had seven points and nine rebounds.
 
Oregon State shot 45.7 percent in the contest, while holding Tennessee to 33.8 percent shooting. The Beavers also knocked down 19 of their 23 free-throw attempts.
 
The outcome marked Tennessee’s first-ever defeat in a home NCAA Tournament game, as they entered the game with a home postseason record of 57-0.

“I couldn’t be happier or more proud of this group,” Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck told reporters afterward. “The journey they have been on this year prepared us for this game. We knew we were going to have to deal with some adversity today, coming into a historic venue against an incredible team. All of our effort, all of our courage and all of our belief was on show today. This is a very special win not only for our team but for our program.”
 
The Sweet 16 appearance will be the fourth in Oregon State history. The Beavers will head to Lexington to continue their postseason run on Friday against second-seeded, and second-ranked, Baylor.
 
In a tight game, the Beaver offense exploded to end the third quarter, scoring the final nine points to open a 44-39 lead entering the fourth quarter.
 
Oregon State started off the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and extended the lead to 12 with 3:30 left to play. Oregon State maintained control from there.
 
The Beavers will look to continue their program success, which includes a trip to the Final Four in 2016.

Overall, the Pac-12 went 2-0 on Sunday with Oregon beating Minnesota in Eugene. UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State play today.

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