KLAMATH FALLS — Three Southern Oregon track and field athletes picked up the Raiders' first team points for the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships at the CCC multi-event championships hosted by Oregon Tech.
The two-day event concluded Friday afternoon, with SOU's Brandon Ritchie placing third to lead the Raiders in the men's decathlon. Ritchie's 5,952 total points garnered six team points for the Raider men in the conference title race, with the championship meet scheduled for May 10-11 in Gresham.
Ritchie finished 13 points shy of his personal record in the decathlon, set last month at the Pacific Boxer Combined Event meet. He ranks among the NAIA's top 10 in the decathlon. He bookmarked the day with his two best performances, finishing third in the 110-meter hurdles (16.4 seconds) to start the day and placing second in the 1,500 (4:36.68) to end the meet. He placed fifth in the pole vault (3.5 meters) and javelin (41.2) and seventh in the discus (22.88).
Amelia Maguin was third and Nicole Leaf fifth in the women's heptathlon to total 10 team points for the Raiders. After totaling 2,368 points through the first four events, Maguin placed second in the long jump (5.4 meters), third in the 800 (2:27.32) and fifth in the javelin (27.93) to reach a final tally of 4,203. That is a new personal record for Maguin and ranks among the top 10 in the NAIA this season.
Leaf tallied 3,490 points after the conclusion of all seven events. She placed fourth in the long jump (4.66 meters) and sixth in both the 800 (2:54.71) and the javelin (27.06). The point total marks a career-best for Leaf.
OREGON 2, STANFORD 1 — At Eugene, Aaron Payne singled to center field in the bottom of the ninth inning to break a tie and give No. 13 Oregon a win over No. 21 Stanford in a Pac-12 Conference game at PK Park.
Payne lined a single up the middle past a drawn in infield against Cardinal starter Mark Appel, the eighth overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. The Ducks' junior delivered the walk-off game-winner on a 0-2 pitch driving in pinch runner Desmond Santos.
Sophomore Steven Packard started the rally when he reached base on a throwing error by Stanford shortstop Drew Jackson that allowed Packard to go to second. Santos ran for Packard and moved to third on a bunt single by Connor Hofmann.
Appel, who intentionally walked J.J. Altobelli to load the bases, struck out Brett Thomas on four pitches to bring Payne to the plate for the game-winning RBI.
Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe and a pair of Ducks' relievers battled Appel pitch for pitch, striking out 10 Cardinal hitters. Thorpe allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven and walking just one.
OREGON STATE 10, USC 4 — At Corvallis, Matt Boyd limited USC to three runs and five hits while striking out 11 in 81/3 innings to pace the seventh-ranked Beavers to a win in front of a season-best 2,934 fans at Goss Stadium.
The Beavers rapped out a season-best 20 hits, led by former Ashland High standout Max Gordon, who finished 4-for-5 on the day with two runs driven in. All nine Oregon State batters posted at least one hit, with eight finishing with two or more.
Kavin Keyes tallied three hits and three RBI while Danny Hayes drove in two on the strength of a 2-for-4 afternoon.
Boyd improved to 8-2 on the year, and is 4-0 at Goss Stadium. In 41 career appearances at home — including six starts — he is 9-1 with a 1.26 earned run average.
Oregon State and USC continue their series today at 2:05 p.m.