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UO gets first win of Martin era.

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CORVALLIS - Casey Martin has taken Oregon from worst to first in the span of one golf tournament.

Matt Ma shot a 3-under-par 69 on Tuesday to win medalist honors at 6 under and lead the Ducks to a nine-stroke victory at the Northwest Collegiate Classic at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

The victory is Oregon's first under the new head coach and marks a reversal of fortune from last week, when the Ducks finished last in the nine-team Husky Invitational in Martin's debut.

`I've been hard on the guys and really challenged them, and everything clicked this week,' Martin said. `It was very important for us to get a win and get some confidence going and have something to show for that hard work.'

The Ducks finished with a three-round total of 867. San Francisco was second at 876, followed by Saint Mary's in third (881) and Oregon State fourth (884) in the 10-team tournament.

`It was a great team effort,' Martin said of Oregon's first tournament victory since the 2005 Western Intercollegiate. `Our short game was really sharp this week, and we took a big step in the right direction as to where we want to be as a program.'

Ma rallied from two strokes behind Zach Bixler of Washington on Tuesday to beat Bixler by two strokes.

Ma, who earned his first collegiate victory, became the first Duck to win medalist honors at a varsity tournament since John Ellis shared the title at the 2003 Oregon Duck Invitational.

`Matt was fantastic,' Martin said. `He played brilliantly. Every time he made a mistake, he came back with a birdie. It really shows what he's capable of.'

Oregon redshirt freshman Andrew Leneve finished third at 3 under while competing as an individual.

Uhrik leads OSU women

in Colorado tournament

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Julianna Uhrik shot a 3-over-par 75 to finish in 14th place at 13 over and lead Oregon State to an 11th-place finish in the Heather Farr Memorial women's college golf tournament Tuesday.

The Beavers shot 317 as a team in the final round to climb two spots in the team standings and finish at 938 over three rounds in the 17-team tournament, won by the University of Denver at 900.

"I know we didn't play that well today,' OSU coach Rise Lakowske said. `It was very, very windy. When you play in those situations, it can define how you respond. We have some work to do on our decision-making process. The putting was affected by the wind, and some of our players didn't adjust to that.'

Hawaii's Dale Gammie shot even par in the final round and won medalist honors at 2 under.

Northwest Christian

sweeps Umpqua

Freshman hitter Tessa Greatwood hit .714 in the final game with five kills and three aces to lead Northwest Christian College to a 30-21, 30-22, 30-20 nonconference volleyball victory over Umpqua Community College (0-8) on Tuesday at the Morse Event Center.

Greatwood finished with six kills, eight assists, four digs and three aces.

Melissa Bishop hit .314 and had 17 kills to lead the Beacons (9-7). Brooke Stribling added nine kills and eight digs, and Charlie Van Loon had eight kills and hit .375.

Simpson beats NCC

in men's soccer

Greg Erickson scored from five yards out to help Northwest Christian avoid a shutout in a 3-1 nonconference men's soccer loss to Simpson College on Tuesday.

The Red Hawks (5-4) outshot NCC 8-2 in the first half on the way to a 1-0 lead. They tacked on two more goals before the Beacons (4-7) could get on the board.

The loss ended NCC's winning streak at two games.

OSU ranked again

in cross country

Oregon State is ranked 10th in the NCAA West Region women's cross country poll released this week.

The Beavers, who won their division at the Chuck Bowles Invitational on Saturday in Salem, are ranked for the first time since the university reinstated the program in 2004.

Stanford is ranked No. 1, followed by UC Santa Barbara, Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, UCLA and Long Beach State.

OSU forward Taylor

earns Pac-10 honor

CORVALLIS - Oregon State junior forward Jodie Taylor has been named the Pac-10 Conference women's soccer player of the week.

Taylor set a school record with her 14th career game-winning goal in OSU's 2-1 overtime win at Portland State on Sunday. She broke the record set by Val Williams in 1994-95.

OSU baseball team

to scrimmage Saturday

CORVALLIS - Oregon State's baseball team, the defending NCAA champions, will hold a public scrimmage Saturday at noon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

The scrimmage will be a prelude to Oregon State's Pac-10 football game against Washington State, which kicks off at nearby Reser Stadium at 4 p.m.
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Title Annotation:Sports; Matt Ma finishes at 6 under to lead the Ducks to victory in the Northwest Collegiate Classic
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 4, 2006
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