Mendazona’s big hit lifts Beavers — George Mendazona hit a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Oregon State the lead, and the No. 11 Beavers held on for a 4-3 nonconference win over the University of Portland at Goss Stadium on Tuesday night. Oregon State trailed 3-1 after Cody Hawken belted a three-run homer for the Pilots in the third inning. That score held until Mendazona, a graduate of Redmond’s Ridgeview High, delivered his key hit to put Oregon State on top. Nathan Burns, the second of three OSU pitchers, earned the victory with six hitless, shutout innings. The Beavers (34-15-1) return to Pac-12 play Friday, when they open a three-game series at Stanford in a meeting of two of the conference’s three co-leaders.
Ducks make it 2 straight — Oregon capitalized on six unearned runs and won consecutive games for the first time since a five-game streak in early April, beating Gonzaga 10-3 on Tuesday night in a nonconference game at PK Park in Eugene. Evan Williams drove in three runs for the Ducks, including a two-run double in the first inning to give Oregon a lead it would not surrender. Sam Novitzke, Jonny DeLuca and Jakob Goldfarb had two hits apiece for the Ducks (26-24), who resume Pac-12 Conference play Friday in the opening game of a three-game series at USC.
Frenchman wins Stage 3 of Tour of California — Remi Cavagna decimated the peloton with an audacious solo breakaway to win Stage 3 of the Tour of California on Tuesday. He was so far clear of the field — more than seven minutes by the finish — that he had toweled off and recovered by the time the rest of the riders crossed the line. American Tejay van Garderen was able to easily protect the leader’s yellow jersey in part because the peloton was so far behind that nobody was willing to push the tempo.
Carapaz takes Giro stage, Roglic extends overall lead — Richard Carapaz of Ecuador sprinted to victory on the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, while Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic extended his overall lead after avoiding a crash toward the end of the route. Carapaz, who rides for Movistar, launched his sprint early and held off Caleb Ewan and Diego Ulissi on the uphill finish at the end of the undulating 146-mile route from Orbetello to Frascati. Roglic was the only favorite to avoid a crash that split the peloton inside the final 6 kilometers and he finished two seconds behind Carapaz.
— From staff and wire reports