Murphy leads Beavers to win at Duck Invite

CRESWELL — Freshman Kevin Murphy had his best showing as a collegian and led Oregon State to the championship in the 16-team Duck Invitational at Emerald Valley Golf Club.

Murphy shot a final-round 71 and tied for third place overall. His three-day, even-par total of 216 included rounds of 72 and 73

The Beavers concluded the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a 9-over 292-290-291 — 873.

Runner-up Minnesota was nine shots back and (882) and third-place Oregon shot (884).

It's the first win for OSU since September 2012 and the 37th in program history.

Murphy was one of only six players to shoot in red figures Tuesday as conditions toughened because of inclement weather. He had four birdies and three bogeys.

Sophomore Brian Jung tied for 10th place for the Beavers at 219.


SAN FRANCISCO 8, OREGON 4 — At San Francisco, San Francisco scored six runs in the fourth inning and held off a rally by No. 11 Oregon at Benedetti Diamond.

The first four Dons to bat in the fourth reached base with hits and came around to score. USF (12-10) added two more runs to take a commanding 7-1 lead after the inning.

Freshman Austin Grebeck got Oregon (17-6) within four with an RBI single in the seventh that scored two thanks to a fielding error by center fielder Bradley Zimmer that allowed Aaron Payne to score from first.

San Francisco answered with a run in the seventh to give the Dons an 8-3 lead and then was able to hold on after Oregon brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth.

The Ducks cut the lead to 8-4 on an RBI double to center by Tyler Baumgartner that scored Mark Karaviotis and moved Grebeck to third. Mitchell Tolman loaded the bases to bring the tying run to the plate with one out, but Houston Hibberd fanned Kyle Garlick and pinch hitter J.B Bryant to end the game.

Porter Clayton (0-1) took the loss for Oregon. He allowed four runs on four hits in three innings. Sheldon Lee (2-0) got the win for USF, while Hibberd picked up his fourth save.

Grebeck went 2-for-5 to lead the Ducks.

The teams play again today.


Former South Medford player Lucy Baldovino, now playing for Concordia University in Portland, has been named the NAIA national pitcher of the week.

Baldovino ended the week with a 2-0 record, including a no-hitter against Cascade Collegiate Conference rival Corban College on Saturday. The junior threw six innings and struck out 15 Warriors en route to the win.

The day before, Baldovino allowed one hit over five innings in Concordia's 12-0 win at Northwest Christian.

On the season, Baldovino is 4-1 with a team-leading 1.58 ERA.

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