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Watterson takes fourth at NCAA wrestling.

Byline: The Register-Guard

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Oregon State heavyweight Ty Watterson fell to Northwestern's Dustin Fox in the third-place match at the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday, leading the Beavers to their best team finish in six years.


Watterson, the No. 5 seed who lost in the semifinals on Friday night, won his first wrestleback match over Wade Sauer of Cal State-Fullerton, 4-0, to advance to the third-place match.

In that match, Watterson took a quick 1-0 lead on a reversal in the first period before Fox got behind him and got a takedown to take a 2-1 lead. An escape by Fox in the third period provided the final margin.

Watterson became the Beavers' first All-American since Nathan Coy in 2002 and led OSU to 22 points, good for 26th place, the Beavers' best since 2001.

Watterson wrapped up his career with a 32-6 record.

Oregon tops Colgate to stay perfect at home

Oregon's Kate Fleming, Alison Leiner and Brooke Dieringer scored three goals apiece to help Oregon complete its first unbeaten home schedule with a 16-11 women's lacrosse victory over Colgate on Saturday at Pape Field.

Oregon (7-3) is off to the best start in the three-year hisory of the sport at the school.

After falling behind 1-0, the Ducks got six consecutive goals from six different players to take the lead for good. For the game, Oregon outshot Colgate 37-19. Oregon goalkeeper Sam Debow only had to make two saves.

Ilsa van den Berg scored two goals and had two assists for the Ducks, who play all of their remaining games on the road.

Ashley Didio led Colgate with three goals and an assist, and former Duck Lindsay Pittard had two goals and three assists.

Ducks make quick work

of Towson State

For the second straight day, the Oregon softball team made sure it would be a quick day at Howe Field.

The No. 14 Ducks rolled up two more victories under the eight-run rule after getting two the day before, beating Towson State 9-0 and 8-0 in the Cascade Clash on Saturday.

Oregon (28-3), got a three-run home run from Ann Marie Topps in the bottom of the sixth inning to finish off the first game, and Joanna Gail's two-run single keyed a four-run fifth inning to put away the second game.

Jennifer Salling was 2-for-2 with a triple and home run in the opener, and Sari-Jane Jenkins was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double.

Oregon's Melissa Rice (13-2) allowed three hits to earn the victory.

In the second game, Oregon led 4-0 before the four-run outburst in the fifth inning ended the game. Gail drove in three runs for the Ducks in the second game to support junior pitcher Alicia Cook, who allowed just two hits to win her 15th consecutive decision.

Beavers split pair

in home softball opener

CORVALLIS - Oregon State's Cambria Miranda hit an RBI triple to lead the 15th-ranked Beavers to an 8-0 victory over South Dakota State in the home opener Saturday at the OSU Softball Complex.

In OSU's second game of the Cascade Clash, the Beavers (20-9) managed just five hits in a 2-0 loss to Utah State.

Brianne McGowan (11-5) won the opener for OSU, her 31st career shutout, one shy of the school record held by Joan Harvey. Miranda was 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the Beavers.

In the second game, Heather Haak hit an RBI single to lead Utah State to the victory behind pitcher Lexy Perry.

The Beavers turned two double plays in the loss, but gave up the first run of the game on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the fourth inning.

OSU loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but Utah State right fielder Lauren Guzman made a diving catch of a DeAnn Young fly ball to end the threat.

OSU's big inning

leads to rout of Dons

CORVALLIS - John Wallace hit a three-run home run to highlight No. 5 Oregon State's seven-run first inning and lead the Beavers to a 9-2 victory over San Francisco in a college baseball game on Saturday at Coleman Field.

Mitch Canham hit a two-run homer for the Beavers, and OSU (19-3) scored plenty of runs to support starting pitcher Joe Paterson, who pitched six innings and scattered eight hits.

"We did a nice job right out of the chute," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said.

Wallace made sure of that by hitting his first career home run to give the Beavers their big early lead.

"It feels great," Wallace said. "I've come close a couple times this year, but it feels great to put one out. We're starting to get in a groove, and everybody in the lineup has been swinging it well lately. We're putting it together now."

Canham hit his home run in the seventh inning, and Jason Ogata also drove in two runs for the Beavers.

"Early on, we were a little worried because the turf is too slow," said Canham of the Beavers' new FieldTurf surface at Coleman Field. "But it makes us hit line drives, so now we're putting better contact on it to get on base. I like where it's going."

Jonnie Knoble hit a solo home run for the Dons (9-11) in the first inning, and Derek Poppert and Mitchell Bialosky had two hits apiece.
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Title Annotation:Sports; The OSU heavyweight falls 3-1 in the third-place match to Northwestern's Dustin Fox
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 18, 2007
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