Sports Update, Tuesday, Aug. 20th

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019

It didn’t take Tom Murphy long to make a good impression on the Seattle Mariners’ organization. It took him a fraction of that time to give the Rays a headache with another two-homer outburst on Monday night.

Murphy’s three-run home run officially opened the floodgates during Seattle’s 9-3 win at Tropicana Field that opened the three-game series.

While several Mariners chipped in on the final product, the catcher’s long ball represented the opening salvo that saw Seattle chew through a gritty Tampa Bay pitching staff and rack up a hefty lead early.  Marco Gonzales picked up his 10th win of the year.

Seattle and Tampa Bay meet again tonight.

The Oregon Ducks football team will open the 2019 season ranked just outside the top 10 of the latest Associated Press poll.

The Ducks are No. 11 with a total of 860 points in the AP preseason top 25 poll released Monday. It is the 11th time in the last 12 seasons Oregon will open the year ranked and is its highest preseason ranking since 2015 (7).

Oregon, which is No. 13 in the preseason coaches poll, is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team with Washington (13), Utah (14), Washington State (23) and Stanford (25) also ranked.

After a stellar debut season in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, UBC’s men’s and women’s Golf teams are unanimously predicted to take the championships once again. The Thunderbirds sit in the top spot on both preseason coaches’ polls, released Tuesday.

British Columbia’s women, who picked up all six first-place votes for 36 points, look to carry momentum over from last year’s outstanding season, where the ‘Birds won the CCC regular-season and tournament championships to advance to the NAIA National Championship as the automatic qualifier.

Oregon Tech picked up 30 points in the preseason poll after taking second in the conference and grabbing an at-large bid to the NAIA Championship. The Lady Owls finished 10th on the national stage, which was a program-best.

Corban University (24 points) and Northwest Christian University (16 points) filled in spots No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while the College of Idaho (12 points) and Walla Walla University (8 points) closed out the poll.  

On the men’s side, UBC picked up all seven first-place votes to grab 49 total points in the preseason poll. The ‘Birds come off a regular-season and tournament CCC Championship, before taking fifth at the NAIA Championship Tournament.

OIT sits in second entering the 2019-20 season, earning 41 points in the poll. The Hustlin’ Owls grabbed an at-large bid to the NAIA tournament, where they finished 23rd as a team.

In volleyball, Oregon Tech’s Melody Edwards has been named the CCC Red Lion “Attacker of the Week” the Cascade Collegiate Conference announced Monday.
 
Edwards, a 6-3 sophomore middle blocker from Placentia, Calif., led the CCC in hitting percentage with a .439 attack clip, which sits fourth in the NAIA. She also posted a 3.0 kills per set average in the opening week. Edwards hit .360 with 11 kills and two errors on 25 Swings in OIT’s 3-1 victory over Life Pacific and followed with a .562 hitting percentage (10 kills, 1 error on 16 swings) to lift the Lady Owls 3-0 over Simpson.
 
The Owls will return to Ashland next weekend for the second annual Raider Invitational, starting with matchups Friday against William Jessup (Calif.) at 9:00 am and Jamestown (N.D.) at 5:00 pm.

COSTA MESA, Calif. – For the Southern Oregon women’s soccer team, freshman Baylee Touey’s breakout game coinciding with a win of unprecedented stature was no coincidence on Monday morning.

Touey, the former North Valley High star who was a three-time Oregon Sports Awards Female Prep Athlete of the Year, scored twice in the first 27 minutes of SOU’s 3-0 win at No. 11 Vanguard (Calif.), the new highest-ranked team the Raiders have ever defeated.

Their eye-opening road trip started last Thursday with a 2-1 triumph at No. 25 Westmont (Calif.) – the first ranked opponent SOU had topped in nine years – and continued with Saturday’s down-to-the-wire, 2-1 loss at The Master’s (Calif.).

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