STILLWATER, Okla. — Medford’s Dylan Wu helped Northwestern to a three-shot lead amongst 30 teams in the suspended opening round of the NCAA men’s golf championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
Wu, a senior, shot even-par 72, helping the Wildcats to an 8-under 280. It was the team’s best at the NCAAs since carding a final-round 280 in 2000. The round was NU’s best, relative to par, this entire season.
It also was the best team score at Karsten Creek, surpassing the previous low 18-hole score of 282 by Florida in 1996.
Oregon’s Norman Xiong shot a 4-under 68 and is one shot off the individual lead.
The Ducks were 8 over and tied for 26th. Half the teams will complete their first rounds today.
OREGON 6, KENTUCKY 1: At Eugene, in the wake of Thursday’s loss in the opening game of Super Regionals, Oregon coach Mike White wondered how his team would respond.
On Friday night, sophomore pitcher Miranda Elish provided an answer: with blazing hot intensity.
Elish threw a two-hitter against Kentucky, evening the best-of-three series at a game apiece before a sellout crowd of 2,522 fans in Jane Sanders Stadium. The Ducks (51-8) and Wildcats will play the rubber match Saturday at The Jane (6 p.m., ESPN), with a spot in the Women’s College World Series on the line.
“Obviously we’re happy to still be here,” White said. “That was the main goal today. …. You could tell we were fighting for our lives, and that’s what we had to do with our backs against the wall. I was really proud of our team, and hopefully tomorrow we can do the same thing.”
Freshman Lauren Burke continued her improbable postseason breakout with a bases-loaded single during a four-run fourth inning for the Ducks, and senior Jenna Lilley provided insurance with a two-run double in the sixth. A day after committing a season-high four errors in losing 9-6 on Thursday, the UO defense had just one Friday, though it did contribute to the only run against the otherwise overpowering Elish.
OSU 4, UCLA 1: At Corvallis, Kyle Nobach hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning and Bryce Fehmel scattered three hits and a run in 6?1/3 innings for No. 2 Oregon State against No. 18 UCLA.
With the win, the Beavers have won the series over UCLA for the third consecutive season. Oregon State will look for its second sweep over the Bruins since 2016 in Saturday’s finale, which is at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.
The game turned into a pitcher’s duel through 5?1/2 innings, but the Beavers broke the game open with a four-run sixth. Tyler Malone grounded back to relief pitcher Garrett Barker with one down and the bases loaded, driving in the game’s first run.
UCLA matched up right-handed reliever Kyle Mora versus Nobach, and the Oregon State senior drove a 3-2 pitch over the left-field wall for his fourth home run of the season.
Fehmel used that support to improve to 9-1 on the year. He allowed three singles and didn’t give up a run to UCLA until the seventh inning. The right-hander struck out five and walked two.
Zach Pettway started for UCLA and held the Beavers scoreless through five, but ended the day allowing three hits and three runs. He was charged with the loss, dropping to 8-4.
Nobach and Zak Taylor led the Oregon State offensive attack with two hits apiece.
OREGON 2, ARIZONA 1: At Eugene, Kenyon Yovan threw a two-hit complete game to lead Oregon at PK Park in Pac-12 Conference action.
Yovan (6-4) wrapped up his first career complete game getting out of a no outs, bases-loaded jam, in the top of the ninth inning. Cameron Cannon reached on an error by shortstop Daniel Patzlaff to lead off the inning before Yovan hit back-to-back batters to load the bases.
Yovan fanned Cesar Salazar to get the first out of the inning. Salazar had hit a solo homer with two outs in the top of the seventh to break up Yovan’s no-hit bid. The Ducks’ pitcher then struck out Matt Frazier for the second out and got Jacob Blas to fly out to center field to end the game.
Oregon (26-28, 12-17 Pac-12) struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth off Arizona (33-22, 13-16) starter Michael Flynn (6-5).
Freshman Jonny DeLuca drove in Spencer Steer, who reached on a Salazar error, with a double to left-center field. The Ducks threatened to add more loading the bases with one out, but Flynn struck out Ray Soderman and Jason Drees back-to-back to end the inning.