TUCSON, Ariz. — Jake Rodriguez drove in a career-best five runs to send the third-ranked Oregon State baseball team to an 8-4 win over No. 20 Arizona Sunday at Hi Corbett Field.
The win gave the Beavers a sweep of the Wildcats in Tucson for the first time in school history.
Michael Conforto also homered for the Beavers, who improved to 19-1 on the year and 3-0 in Pac-12 Conference play. Oregon State opened Pac-12 play with a sweep on the road for the second consecutive season after downing California in 2012.
Rodriguez ended the game with two doubles. His first came in the fourth after entering the contest as a defensive substitution at catcher in the third. The shot went down the right field line and scored Ryan Barnes, giving the Beavers a 3-1 lead.
Rodriguez helped blow the game open in the sixth. He came to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs and doubled to the gap in left, enabling Barnes, Kavin Keyes and Max Gordon to score for a 7-1 advantage.
He later added a sacrifice fly, his third of the series, in the eighth to put Oregon State up 8-4.
The junior finished the day with a 2-for-2 effort.
Ben Wetzler started for the Beavers and did not figure in the decision after going 42/3 innings. The lefty allowed two hits and one run while walking three and striking out one.
Brandon Jackson was credited with the win for the Beavers after allowing three hits and two runs in 11/3 innings of relief. The righty improved to 4-0 this season.
USC 5, OREGON 3 — At Los Angeles, Oregon couldn't come from behind to beat USC this time.
After two straight come-from-behind wins over the Trojans, the Ducks fell behind by four runs after five innings and couldn't complete the comeback.
USC took a 1-0 lead in the first without the benefit of a hit. Cole Irvin walked Greg Zebrack to lead off the game, and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, to third on a fly ball to right field and home on a wild pitch.
The Trojans added three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. Jake Hernandez delivered a bases-clearing three-RBI double to left center after two hits and a walk loaded the bases.
Mitchell Tolman pulled the Ducks within three in the top of the fifth when he hit his first career home run off the right field foul pole.
USC got the run back in the fifth. After two hits and put runners on the corners, James Roberts drove in the run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Oregon (15-6, 2-1 Pac-12) cut the lead to two with two runs in the eighth. J.J. Altobelli drove in Conner Hofmann, who led off the inning with an infield single, with a double to the left field corner. Altobelli scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Payne to cut the lead to 5-3.