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Seattle uses 5 home runs to pummel San Diego 16-4
SEATTLE (AP) — Seth Smith hit two of Seattle’s five home runs and finished with four RBIs, Adam Lind and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers, and the Mariners pummeled San Diego 16-4 on Tuesday.
Seattle swept the first two games of a four-game set against its interleague rivals with the next two games in San Diego.
The Mariners battered San Diego starter James Shields, didn’t let up against reliever Luis Perdomo and had their biggest run output since scoring 21 against Texas in 2012.
Seattle did most of its damage with two outs. The Mariners scored their first 10 runs after Shields had recorded two outs. The Mariners scored six times in the second inning, capped by Seager’s three-run shot. Smith ended Shields’ day an inning later with the first of his two long balls, a three-run shot that gave Seattle a 10-0 lead.
Oregon, Texas advance to NCAA championship final
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Beau Hossler injured his left shoulder and still managed to close out his match Tuesday to send top-seeded Texas into the NCAA championship final against Oregon.
Hossler first felt pain on a 4-iron on the 15th hole, and he winced coming down the stretch at Eugene Country Club. From a bunker short of the 17th green, he used a putter to get it on the green, and then holed a 25-foot putt for a 2-and-1 victory over Andrew Levitt of Southern California.
Oregon, No. 26 in the NCAA ranking going into the championship, knocked off Illinois in the other semifinal match.
The Ducks will be going for their first national championship.
Texas coach John Fields said he was not sure if Hossler would be able to compete in Wednesday’s final.
OREGON STATE BASEBALL
Beavers’ Casey ticked at NCAA baseball snub
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey isn’t happy about the Beavers’ being left out when the NCAA announced the field for the Division I baseball tournament this week.
Oregon State went 8-2 against Pac-12 rivals that made the tournament. Casey notes that Washington, which lost two of three to Oregon State in April, made the 64-team field. Arizona State finished the Pac-12 season tied with the Beavers and made the field as well, getting a No. 2 seed in its regional.
Casey tells The Oregonian/OregonLive he thought the Beavers were a sure shot to make it into the tournament and he feels someone in Oregon State’s administration should be asking questions about the selection process.
Michigan State announces incoming graduate transfer
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former UNLV forward Ben Carter is joining Michigan State’s basketball team for the 2016-17 season as a graduate transfer.
The Spartans announced the move Tuesday.
The 6-foot-9 Carter averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds at UNLV in 2015-16. He appeared in 22 games and made seven starts before a season-ending knee injury Jan. 30.
Carter sat out the 2014-15 season as a redshirt after transferring to UNLV from Oregon.
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