EUGENE — Wins by Mac Fleet, Mike Berry, Jeramy Elkaim, Johnathan Cabral and Greg Skipper propelled the fourth-ranked Oregon men's track and field team to victory over No. 1 Texas A&M on Saturday at the Pepsi Team Invitational.
The No. 2 Oregon women dropped a tightly contested battle to the third-ranked Aggies on a showery spring afternoon before 5,367 fans at Historic Hayward Field.
The men finished with 194.5 points, followed by Texas A&M with 180.5, Washington State with 165.5 and Washington with 129.5.
The Aggies won the women's meet with 201 points, followed by Oregon with 181, No. 15 Washington with 146 and the Cougars with 138.
"It was a great meet on the men's side," said Oregon head coach Robert Johnson. "To have our No. 4 team go out and beat the No. 1 men's team in the nation in Texas A&M was really good for us. On the flip side to have us get beat by Texas A&M on the women's side was not the best. We will have to have to go back to the drawing board on that one."
Running in his first race at Hayward Field since 2010, Fleet surprised the stadium with an early move in the 800 meters to win going away. The junior from San Diego, Calif., burst through the middle of the pack and cleared the field with 250 meters to go. He remained well ahead of the completion around the Bowerman Curve and won easily in a personal best 1:48.70.
Teammate Boru Guyota closed hard to take second in 1:49.81.
Elkaim led an impressive 1-2-3 Oregon finish in the 5,000 meters. The freshman from Livingston, N.J., ran out front with teammate Parker Stinson for much of the race before pulling away to win in 13:57.24, nearly a 1:00 outdoor best. Stinson, a junior from Austin, Texas, was second in 14:05.06, with freshman Matthew Melancon third in a personal best 14:13.91.
Cabral was impressive in the 110 meter hurdles once again, mowing down the competition to win in 13.81. The sophomore from Calabasas, Calif., has yet to lose at that distance in 2013. He was also third in the 400 meter hurdles in a personal best 52.42.
Berry, a junior from Seattle, Wash., held off a challenge from A&M's Ricky Babineaux to win the 400 meters in 46.20. Babineaux was second in 47.38 with the Ducks' Kevin Anding, a senior transfer from Virginia, third in 47.53.
Skipper just missed a personal best in winning the hammer with a throw of 216-4/65.94m. That was just an inch off the personal best the freshman from Oregon City set last week at Texas. Also in the hammer, senior Miles Walk was third in a personal best 191-0/58.22m.
OREGON STATE 5, UCLA 0 — At Los Angeles, Andrew Moore scattered four hits in 62/3 innings and Max Engelbrekt and Scott Schultz combined for 21/3 innings of scoreless relief as sixth-ranked Oregon State shut out No. 10 UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Moore allowed four singles and three walks while striking out five. He got in serious trouble once, in the first, as UCLA loaded the bases but his first strikeout of the game ended the threat.
Moore improved to 6-1 on the year.
Engelbrekt allowed one hit and one walk in 11/3 innings before giving way to Schultz, who finished the game in a non-save situation.
Kavin Keyes, Andy Peterson, Joey Jansen, Ryan Barnes and Nate Esposito all had two hits to pace the Beavers offensively. Oregon State (24-5, 6-2 Pac-12) finished the day with 10 as a team off five UCLA pitchers.
The Beavers got on the board first for the second time in the series. Jansen doubled to the gap in right in the third, enabling Andy Peterson to score. Barnes, trying to score from first, was caught at the plate to end the inning with the Beavers up 1-0.
Esposito stretched the Beavers' lead to 2-0 in the fifth. The sophomore drove a single to left center, bringing in Keyes from third. Keyes had doubled to open the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Rodriguez.
Oregon State gave itself insurance runs in the top half of the ninth. Keyes and Rodriguez reached on consecutive one-out walks, eventually moving to second and third after a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Smith. Peterson, the next batter, hit a grounder to second that took a bad hop and skipped over Trent Chatterton, scoring two against UCLA (19-8, 7-4).
NO. 24 ARIZONA STATE 14, NO. 11 OREGON 9 — At Tempe, Ariz., No. 11 Oregon battled back from another big deficit for the second straight night, but the result was the same as No. 24 Arizona State held off the Ducks to clinch the series.
The Ducks (22-8, 8-3) trailed 10-4 heading into the eighth inning but rallied with five runs to cut the lead to 10-9. Arizona State (19-8-1, 6-5 Pac-12) answered with four runs of its own in the eighth to clinch the win.
Oregon matched Arizona State with 14 hits, but the Sun Devils had nine extra base hits including seven doubles and two triples. Oregon finished with four doubles.
J.J. Altobelli led Oregon, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Mitchell Tolman was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Ryon Healy finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Tyler Baumgartner went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Dalton Dinatale led Arizona State with three RBIs, while three Sun Devils — Michael Benjamin, James McDonald and R.J. Ybarra — each had two RBIs.
ASU scored in six of the eight innings it batted and scored multiple runs in five of those. Oregon trailed 7-1 after five innings, but rallied to score two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and five in the eighth.