Local roundup: Clark swept by Lower Columbia



The Clark College baseball team opened NWAACC West Division play on Friday with a pair of narrow defeats to Lower Columbia in Longview.

The Red Devils won 6-5 and 1-0.

In the opener, Clark scored three runs in the sixth and took a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning.

Lower Columbia tied the game with a run in the eighth and then won it with a run in the ninth.

Clark was held to one hit in the second game — a two-out single by Jai Girod in the seventh inning.

Lower Columbia scored its only run in the second inning.

Clark (7-11) and Lower Columbia (16-2) meet again in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at Kindsfather Field at Clark College.

Click here for Game 1 boxscore

Click here for Game 2 boxscore

Thorpe helps lead Oregon past Huskies

Evergreen High grad 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 Friday in Pac-12 baseball action at PK Park in Eugene.

Thorpe (4-2) pitched eight innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Oregon (7-1 in the Pac-12, 21-6 overall) scored the game’s only run in the second inning. With one out, Josh Graham doubled off the top of the fence in left and moved to third on an infield single. A squeeze bunt from J.J. Altobelli brought him home, giving the Ducks a 1-0 edge.

Today’s series finale starts at 7 p.m. and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.

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Thorns, Pilots meet in women’s soccer

Portland Thorns FC will play the Portland Pilots women’s soccer team in a preseason match at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the University of Portland’s Merlo Field.

The match will be a free for spectators. Donations will be collected to benefit the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute’s Play Smart Young Heart Screening program.

Thorns FC are preparing for the start of the first National Women’s Soccer League season on April 13 at FC Kansas City.