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FutureStarrPortland Pilots Baseball Knocks Off No. 5 Texas A&M 10-3
On Friday evening, the Pilots dethroned the Aggies 10-3 at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. It was their first win against a top five team this season.
It was a closely contested game until the seventh inning, when Nich Klemp's go-ahead double set the stage for the Pilots to score seven runs with two outs in the ninth to secure victory.
The Portland Pilots baseball team upset No. 5 Texas A&M in a series that began on Tuesday night at Goss Stadium and concluded Friday afternoon. This victory marks the second consecutive time that Portland has won on their home court, as well as their first time ever doing so during the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Pilots were able to secure victory due to an outstanding performance by starting pitcher Joey Gattrell, who went 4.1 innings and allowed just two hits while striking out six. Jack Folkins then came in and threw 3.0 shutout frames with only two hits while striking out four. Kade Segel then completed the game-ending save with his first of the year.
Another significant aspect of this win was the Pilots' different approach than they took against the Aggies last series. Instead of playing conservative baseball, they played aggressively, chasing after the ball and taking advantage of their chances to score runs.
In addition, the Pilots took a commanding lead in the second inning and held the Aggies to just five hits while scoring seven more to secure victory. With this win, Pilots improved to 3-0 overall and into first place in Western Collegiate League West Division standings.
In the 1970 NBA playoffs, Portland took a commanding 2-0 lead against Philadelphia 76ers and then went on to win four straight games to claim victory - marking only the second time that an NBA team had come from behind to win a series after falling behind by that score since 1969 (Boston Celtics). This marked the first time any team had overcome such a deficit to claim victory over their rival and become champion - something never done before in sports history.
Portland has had an impressive start, going 4-0 through the first week of the 2022-23 NBA season. They have defeated Western Conference heavyweights such as Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns with ease.
They also upset Texas A&M, once the top-ranked team in the nation. The Pilots prevailed 10-3 Friday night despite losing their starting pitcher to a knee injury after just three innings of work.
The Pilots took an early lead and never looked back, scoring seven runs in the ninth inning to secure their victory. Jack Folkins pitched three shutout innings to earn himself the win, while Nich Klemp had two hits to help them overcome an early 2-0 deficit.
Taylor Porter scored an amazing rocket from the right side in the 90+3rd minute to seal the win. She capitalized on a loose ball outside of the box after Chicago attempted to clear it away from its own goal.
After a scoreless first half, Portland raced ahead to 3-0 lead in the second period with two goals from Morgan Weaver and one from Taylor Porter. Furthermore, they have scored nine clean sheets this year to move atop of the league standings.
The Thorns entered Saturday's match with a 4-2 record against Seattle this season and an opportunity to move into first place in both the league and US Division. Winning this crucial game gave them much-needed confidence ahead of their final eight games of the regular season.
On Friday night at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, Portland opened the season with an impressive 4-0 victory against America's highest-ranked team. Nich Klemp hit a go-ahead double to give his team a lead they wouldn't relinquish; then seven runs scored in the ninth with two outs to secure victory and take control of the series opener.
With the victory, UP improves to 3-0-0 on the year and sits one game behind first place in the Western Conference standings. The Pilots will look to build off their success when they travel to Spokane for game two of this series on Saturday at 5:05 P.M.
After a slow start that saw Portland fall behind early, the Blazers turned on an intense defensive fourth quarter that saw them chip away at Denver's lead and force turnovers. It appears this pattern may have begun, and we'll see if it can continue for another game or two.
Through the third period, the game was tied 2-2. Medicine Hat scored twice in the closing minutes to tie things up, but Dante Giannuzzi made 20 saves on 23 shots to seal UP's win and move them to 3-0-1 on the road this season with an impressive 13-9-1-0 record.
The Pilots now turn their focus to the WHL, where they face off against Prince George Cougars in a tough opening round matchup that Portland won six games last season. It will be both teams' fourth appearance in the playoffs.
On Friday evening at Blue Bell Stadium in College Station, TX, the Portland Pilots baseball team upset No. 5 Texas A&M by scoring nine runs over three innings to seal victory and advance to regional play-ins.
UP's defense held the Aggies to only one run in each of the first five innings, holding them to only two hits, one walk and four hit batters through six frames. The Pilots scored their sole run in the fifth inning and added another two in the seventh before capitalizing on some unfortunate luck for UP in the ninth.
Though not quite the 5-0 win the Pilots were hoping for in this series, their 2-1 lead puts them in control heading into Game 2. To advance further in this best-of-three set, the pitching staff must put forth another strong performance if they are going to pull through this one.
The Pilots' top three hitters went 4 for 4 with two runs batted in as the team built an early lead. Nick Nava and CJ Tibbling each had two hits, while Austin Aiken walked twice.
With their win, the Pilots improve to 7-1 on the season. Since a 2-2 tie with Houston Dash in November, they've won seven straight games and hold a two-game lead in the NWSL table over San Diego Wave FC.
Kyei was an absolute monster for Oregon, scoring 15 points and pulling down 16 rebounds - a career high. Her 9.8 average of rebounds per game this year ranks her among the most prolific rebounders in the Pac-12.
On Friday night, the Portland Pilots came from behind to claim a stunning 6-0 victory against fifth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies at Blue Bell Park. Despite falling behind 1-0 early, they scored eight runs before scoring four more times to earn their second victory of the season against an elite five team and move to 9-6 overall.
Joey Gattrell gave the Pilots a great start, tossing 4.1 innings of one-run ball while allowing just two hits and walking five. Jack Folkins followed with 3.0 shutout frames before Kade Segel earned his first save of the year.
Kyei Fowler led the Pilots with 16 points and 10 rebounds, giving her a season high of double-digit scoring average and the league lead in rebounds at 9.8 per game.
Sophia Smith contributed a goal and an assist, while Natalia Kuikka and Becky Sauerbrunn each scored one as well. The Pilots' defense was at its best on Friday, limiting A&M to just three shots on goal in the first half.
At the start of the match, Hina Sugita and Sophia Smith each scored a goal as Portland took control of the match. Goals from Natalia Kuikka, Taylor Porter and Sugita added to Portland's lead at halftime.
Oregon's defense was strong throughout overtime, limiting Pitt to just three shots on goal in the opening 10 minutes of extra time. Goalie Joe van der Sar recorded his eighth clean sheet of the season by smothering a one-time attempt from Rodrigo Almeida at 70 minutes.