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  • Ducks hit past Sun Devils

  • TEMPE, Ariz. — The Oregon baseball team got at least one hit from every starter and rolled to a 16-3 Pac-12 Conference win at Arizona State on Sunday at Packard Stadium.
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  • TEMPE, Ariz. — The Oregon baseball team got at least one hit from every starter and rolled to a 16-3 Pac-12 Conference win at Arizona State on Sunday at Packard Stadium.
    The Ducks (23-8, 9-3 Pac-12) salvaged the final game of the three-game series against the Sun Devils (19-9-1, 6-6.
    Aaron Payne (4-for-5, three RBIs, two runs scored) and Scott Heineman (4-for-6, three RBIs, one run scored) led the Ducks' offense, while Ryon Healy went 3-for-6 with one RBI and three runs scored.
    Josh Graham finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, Connor Hoffman 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Brett Thomas 2-for-6 with three RBIs and one run scored.
    J.J. Altobelli was 1-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored, Tyler Baumgartner 1-for-5, one RBI and one run scored and Mitchell Tolman 1-for-3 with one RBI.
    Freshman Cole Irvin (6-1) picked up the win after giving up three runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out two.
    The Ducks picked up a pair of runs in the top of the first on two hits and two walks. Tolman put Oregon on top 1-0 with an RBI ground out that scored Payne, who walked with one out to start the rally. Heineman added a run-scoring double, bringing Healy home for a 2-0 lead.
    Arizona State cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second on a two-out triple by Drew Stankiewicz.
    The Ducks pushed the lead to 6-1 with four runs in the top of the third. Baumgartner picked up an RBI with a base hit to right field that scored Heineman. Graham followed with a two-run home run, the first homer of his career, to put the Ducks up 5-1. Payne picked up an RBI single later in the inning to push the lead to 6-1.
    ASU cut the lead to 6-3 with two runs in the fourth, but Oregon answered with a run in the top of the fifth. Thomas ripped a run-scoring double to left field to score Graham and give the Ducks a 7-3 lead.
    Payne picked up his second RBI of the game in the top of the seventh, giving Oregon an 8-3 lead. The Duck second baseman delivered a two-out single to right field to score Altobelli from second.
    Oregon put the game out of reach with eight runs in the eighth. Thomas and Heineman both had two RBI singles, while Graham, Payne and Healy each drove in one run with a base hit. Altobelli picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded walk.
    OREGON STATE 5, UCLA 2 — At Los Angeles, Ben Wetzler allowed one run and five hits over seven innings to help guide sixth-ranked Oregon State to a series-clinching win over No. 10 UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
    Wetzler, making his sixth start of the season, picked up his first win of the 2013 season after striking out five in the series finale. The Beavers won the series as they shut down the Bruins 5-0 on Saturday. UCLA had opened the weekend with a 3-2 win on Friday.
    Wetzler's lone blemish came on a solo home run by Brett Urabe to open the bottom half of the sixth. He improved to 1-1 on the year.
    The Beavers (25-5, 7-2 Pac-12) got to UCLA (19-9, 7-5) starter Grant Watson early and often, driving the left-hander from the game after just 31/3 innings. OSU held a 2-0 lead after one inning and stretched it to a 4-0 advantage after solo runs in both the third and fourth innings.
    Jake Rodriguez drove in a run apiece in both the first and third innings, while Kavin Keyes singled in a run in the first and Andy Peterson singled up the middle in the fourth off reliever James Kaprelian, enabling Joey Matthews to come in from second.
    Watson was charged with four runs and allowed five hits in the short start to take the loss and fall to 5-1 this season.
    Ryan Barnes, Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto all had two hits to pace the Beavers. Conforto also drove in a run in the eighth, sending the Beavers to a 5-1 lead.
    Rodriguez led the Beavers with two RBIs.
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