Sports Update with Randy Adams, Friday, March 29th; Ducks Lose, Mariners Win

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Oregon Ducks lose to Virginia. 

A #12 seed losing in the Sweet Sixteen is to be expected, but in Oregon’s case, it didn’t feel that way.

In a season filled with highs and lows, crippling uncertainty at some points and exuberant triumphs at others, Oregon emerged as one of the best basketball teams in the nation when everyone least expected it. It’s what made the Ducks’ run so special, but also what made it sting when they fell to fell to top-seeded Virginia, 53-49, at the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday night.

There is something to be said about a team who can come together at their lowest-of-lows to rip off 10-straight wins, six coming in season-ending scenarios, and then shine on college basketball’s biggest stage.

“For the way we turned around this season … we’re going to look at that as a positive,” said Payton Pritchard. “And me personally, I will always remember this team and the run we made.”

In other men’s action involving Northwest teams, Gonzaga is in the Elite Eight for the fourth time in history following a 72-58 victory over Florida State in the opening West regional semifinal on Thursday night.

The Oregon Duck Women’s basketball team practiced in their home gym Wednesday afternoon, then boarded a bus for the quick ride up to Portland, site of the Ducks’ own Sweet Sixteen game against South Dakota State in the Moda Center tonight (Friday (8:30 p.m., ESPN2). Coach Kelly Graves is thankful the team isn’t traveling far away like the Oregon men and Oregon State women have to.

“Huge advantage,” UO coach Graves said. “We’d much rather be traveling by bus than by plane at this point in the year.”

Oregon State meets Louisville in the Albany, NY regional today.  A year ago, OSU lost to the Cardinals 76-43 in the Elite Eight round in front of a heavily-partisan Louisville crowd, as the game was played in nearby Lexington. It was the Beavers’ fourth consecutive NCAA tourney game in the Eastern time zone.

Seattle wins season opener over Red Sox 12-4.

Mariners win opener. Tim Beckham and Domingo Santana aren’t worrying about having to rebuild or taking a step back this season.  The newcomers continued stepping forward in impressive fashion in their fresh starts in Seattle as the Mariners rolled to a 12-4 runaway win over Red Sox ace Chris Sale and the defending World Series champs in Thursday’s home opener.

Beckham homered twice off Sale in his first two at-bats and Santana went 3-for-5 with a home run and double as Seattle belted five homers in front of a sellout crowd of 45,601 for a third straight win.

Beckham came out swinging in Seattle’s two Opening Series wins over the A’s last week in Tokyo and continued carrying the torch in his first game at newly renamed T-Mobile Park, as he’s 7-for-12 with three homers and five RBIs in Seattle’s three wins.

Mazama Viking’s baseball team fought hard but lost two games at the Hidden Valley invitational tournament yesterday.  Mazama lost to Banks and Brookings-Harbor by identical scores of 2-1. 

In college baseball, OIT swept Willamette University in non-league action 4-0 and 10-6 in Salem.


Friday, March 29

NCAA women’s basketball Sweet 16: Arizona State vs. Mississippi State,6 p.m., Oregon vs. South Dakota State, Moda Center, 8:30 p.m.

Blazers: Portland at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m.

Mariners: Boston at Seattle, 7 p.m.

College baseball: Montana State Billings at Concordia, noon doubleheader … Lewis & Clark at La Verne, 3 p.m. … Oregon at Utah, 5 p.m. … Loyola Marymount at Portland, 6 p.m. … Oregon State at Washington, 7 p.m.

College softball: Concordia vs. Hawaii Pacific, 9 a.m., Concordia vs. Humboldt State, 11:30 a.m., Turlock, Calif. … Northern Colorado at Portland State, Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, 1 p.m. doubleheader … Oregon State at Washington, 5 p.m. … Oregon at Stanford, 7 p.m.

College track and field: Oregon, Oregon State (women), Portland at Stanford Invitational

Saturday, March 30

Blazers: Portland at Detroit, 4 p.m.

NCAA women’s basketball Sweet 16: Oregon State vs. Louisville, Albany, N.Y., 6 p.m.

Winterhawks: Portland at Spokane, Game 5, 7 p.m.

Mariners: Boston at Seattle, 6 p.m.

Thorns: Reign at Portland, exhibition, Merlo Field, 7:30 p.m.

Timbers 2: Portland at L.A. Galaxy II, 7 p.m.

College baseball: Montana State Billings at Concordia, noon doubleheader … Lewis & Clark vs. New Rochelle, 11 a.m., Lewis & Clark at La Verne, 3 p.m. … Oregon State at Washington, 2 p.m. … Oregon at Utah, 3 p.m. … Loyola Marymount at Portland, 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 31

NCAA women’s basketball Elite Eight: Oregon or South Dakota State vs. Arizona State or Mississippi State, Moda Center, 11 a.m.

Timbers: Portland at L.A. Galaxy, 6 p.m.

Mariners: Boston at Seattle, 1 p.m.

College baseball: Lewis & Clark at Whittier, 11 a.m. … Oregon at Utah, Loyola Marymount at Portland, noon … Oregon State at Washington, 2 p.m.

Monday, April 1

Blazers: Portland at Minnesota, 5 p.m.

Winterhawks: Spokane at Portland, Memorial Coliseum, Game 6, if necessary, 7 p.m.

Mariners: L.A. Angels at Seattle, 7 p.m.

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