Oregon games vs. Gonzaga canceled — No. 17 Oregon’s two games against Gonzaga scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday in Eugene have been canceled because of COVID-19 protocol developments within the Bulldogs program. The Ducks were also scheduled to play at Gonzaga this past Monday but that game was also called off for the same reason. Oregon is scheduled to play Washington at home this weekend in Pac-12 Conference play beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.
Teen player dies after collision at second base — A teenage baseball player has died nearly two weeks after he was knocked unconscious during a collision at second base. Cooper Gardner, a junior at Bath High School in Michigan, died Sunday at home, the Lansing State Journal reported. “I never would have thought it would lead to this,” said junior varsity coach Michael Collins. The school said on Facebook that Cooper suffered a brain injury on April 21 during a game against Portland St. Patrick. Cooper was trying to catch the ball and tag a runner at second base when he was struck in the head in a collision. A GoFundMe page described it as a “freak accident.”
Oregon drops in polls, still in top 15 after series loss to ASU — Oregon dropped in the polls but remains in the top 15 after losing a pivotal series to Arizona State. The Ducks (31-13, 9-9 Pac-12) are No. 12 with 460 points in the NFCA coaches poll and No. 12 with 260 points in the USA Softball poll after losing three of four in Tempe, Arizona. Oregon hosts No. 7/10 Arizona (33-8, 11-5 Pac-12) starting Friday at 4 p.m.
Fans permitted to watch OSU’s scrimmage Saturday in Reser Stadium — Oregon State football fans can resume plans to attend Saturday’s spring scrimmage in Reser Stadium, as Benton County’s COVID-19 level will not elevate to extreme risk. Earlier Tuesday, Oregon State announced that it would not allow fans at the scrimmage because of state guidance suggesting Benton County was going to have its COVID-19 level increased to “extreme risk.” Instead, it was determined hours later that Benton County will stay at high risk, allowing OSU to open its gates and allow up to 15 % capacity of Reser Stadium for the scrimmage. As many as 6,500 people can watch the scrimmage. It will be the first time fans have been able to watch the Beavers play football in Reser Stadium since the 2019 football season.