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Scoresheet: Portland Timbers sign Marvin Loria to extension

Portland Tribune
Portland Tribune
 2022-04-06
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

Loria signs — The Portland Timbers have signed midfielder Marvin Loria to a contract extension through the 2024 season with a club option year in 2025.

Loria, 24, is in his fourth season with the Timbers after playing for T2 in 2018. The San Jose, Costa Rica native has started in 31 of 65 appearances for the Timbers, and has four goals and nine assists.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0BPtTP_0f1NbwqQ00 Special hat — The Trail Blazers and Portland Pickles, the city's amateur summer wooden-bat league team, have teamed up with Official League for a commemorative hat for Sunday's NBA season finale between the Blazers and Utah Jazz.

Only 100 hats were made. It's the first collaboration between Official League and the Trail Blazers.

Official League is a new lifestyle apparel brand that includes Alan Miller, co-owner of Portland Pickles, as well as Neil Leibman (co-owner/COO Texas Rangers), Jon Ryan (former Seattle Seahawks punter), Myles Jack (Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker) and Top Tier Sports.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

College baseball — Jaren Hunter pitched into the sixth inning to earn his first win on the mound as No. 5-ranked Oregon State beat Portland 5-1 in front of a lively crowd of 4,500, much of it clad in OSU orange, at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro.

Garret Forester had two run-scoring hits including a double and knocked in three runs for OSU (21-7). Leadoff hitter Wade Meckler was on base four times and scored two runs.

In his fifth start of the season, Hunter allowed only one hit and two walks while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings.

Portland pitcher Brock Gillis took the loss, but pitched well until walking the first three batters in the top of the sixth, leading to a three-run inning and a 4-0 lead for the Beavers.

One of five hits for the Pilots (17-11) was a solo home run in the seventh by Briley Knight, who sent the first pitch thrown by reliever Justin Thorsteinson over the right-field wall.

Earlier Tuesday, Oregon State's Cooper Hjerpe was named Pac-12 pitcher of the week for the second time. He was also named National Co-Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

He tied an Oregon State record with 17 strikeouts versus Stanford on April 1. He tied Mason Smith's 1994 mark against Portland, and it's the most strikeouts by an NCAA Division I pitcher this season.

Hjerpe pitched eight innings, allowing only two hits and a run.

Hjerpe was also added to the Golden Spikes midseason watch list by USA Baseball, along with teammate Jacob Melton.

The Beavers fell to No. 5 in the D1Baseball.com and USA Today coaches rankings, and No. 6 in Baseball America after losing a home series against Stanford.

More college hoops transfer news — We take a look at the women's game today with transfer news today. Oregon State is up to three players heading out of Corvallis this offseason as third-year sophomore Taylor Jones announced her departure on Instagram on Tuesday. The former five-star recruit from Texas only played in nine games this season before a shoulder surgery sidelined her.

Jones joins fellow three-year sophomore Kennedy Brown and freshman Greta Kampschroeder as confirmed Beavers players to announce their plans.

In one piece of good news for the Beavers, talented second-year freshman Talia von Oelhoffen announced on social media that she will stay at Oregon State.

In Eugene, a spot on the roster has been filled thanks to transfer portal. Arizona State guard Taya Hanson announced on Instagram she's becoming a Duck after being named an All-Pac 12 honorable mention in 2021. She's the career leader in three-pointers for the Sun Devils.

OSU wrestling brings home Pac 12 honor Oregon State wrestling coach Chris Pendleton has been named the Pac 12 wrestling coach of the year. OSU finished second at the Pac 12 tournament by half a point and eight Beavers made nationals.

Of those eight, four earned All-American honors, the most for OSU since 2012. The Beavers also finished 12th overall nationally, jumping from 42nd last season, Pendleton's first as the head coach. The 12th place finish was the best for OSU since 2013.

MONDAY, APRIL 4

Kansas 72, North Carolina 69 — The Jayhawks completed the biggest comeback in NCAA championship game history, coming back from a 15-point halftime deficit (and 16-point first half deficit) to win the program's fourth national championship.

So, congrats to the Jayhawks, and the school's alumni that include former Jefferson High greats Aaron Miles and Michael Lee. Miles and Lee played on the 2003 Kansas team that lost to Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse in the championship game.

Also, Remy Martin won a national title with Kansas after playing his first four seasons at Arizona State and against the Ducks and Beavers; he, like others, received another year of eligibility from the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And, the Trail Blazers' Ben McLemore was a happy man. He played at Kansas.

Looking back, Miles and Lee also played on the 2002 team that beat Oregon (with Luke Ridnour, Luke Jackson and Fred Jones) in an Elite Eight game to make the Final Four.

The Jayhawks join the South Carolina women as NCAA basketball champions.

South Carolina's tie to Oregon? Well, in 2020, before COVID-19 shut down college basketball, the No. 1 Gamecocks (32-1) had won 26 consecutive games and the No. 2 Ducks (31-2) with Sabrina Ionescu had won 19 games in a row. It would have been epic for the teams to play for the NCAA championship, but we'll never know who the best team was.

Speaking of NCAA champions, Georgia reigns in football. And, the Bulldogs' first opponent in defense of their title? Oregon, Sept. 3 in Atlanta.

Mariners prospect — Julio Rodriguez, an outfielder ranked as one of the top prospects in baseball, has made the Seattle Mariners' opening day roster.

The 21-year-old had hit .419 with three homers and eight RBIs in spring training, through Sunday.

His promotion suddenly makes it a busy outfield in Seattle. There'll be Rodriguez, Jarred Kelenic, Mitch Haniger and Jesse Winker, and Kyle Lewis (knee) has been on the mend and reports indicate he could be taking some at-bats at designated hitter.

"It's time for Julio Rodriguez to play in the big leagues," manager Scott Servais told reporters.

The top three baseball prospects should make their debuts early in the season — Rodriguez, shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (Royals) and catcher Adley Rutschman (Orioles). Rutschman, the Oregon State product, has been out with an elbow injury.

Hjerpe honored — Oregon State's Cooper Hjerpe has been named Pac-12 pitcher of the week for the second time.

He tied an Oregon State record with 17 strikeouts versus Stanford on April 1. He tied Mason Smith's 1994 mark against Portland, and it's the most strikeouts by an NCAA Division I pitcher this season.

Hjerpe pitched eight innings, allowing only two hits and a run.

The Beavers (20-7) fell to No. 5 in the D1Baseball.com and USA Today coaches rankings, and No. 6 in Baseball America after losing a home series against Stanford.

The Beavers play at Portland on Tuesday and then a three-game series at USC this weekend.

Beavers honored — Freshman standouts Kiki Escobar and Sarah Haendiges have earned Pac-12 weekly honors for the No. 20 Oregon State softball team (29-8).

Escobar went 10 of 16 (.624) with two RBIs, two double and four runs scored. She reached base in all four games (all wins). Escobar leads OSU in hits with 53.

Haendiges appeared in all four games, notching two complete-game shutout victories, to move to 9-2 with a 1.79 ERA.

OSU plays a home series against Arizona this weekend.

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