EUGENE — For the second time in less than a week, Scott Heineman delivered a key two-out, three-RBI hit to lead Oregon to a win.
The Duck sophomore did it Sunday with a three-run, bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning that put No. 10 Oregon on top for good in a 5-3 Pac-12 win over No. 13 UCLA at PK Park.
Heineman's bases-clearing shot to right-center field came with Oregon trailing 3-2 and scored Brett Thomas, Ryon Healy and Mitchell Tolman. It snapped Heineman out of a series-long slump that saw him go 0-for-9 before the triple.
Heineman capped the week with the three-run triple after opening the week with a three-run home run in the ninth inning at Portland that broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Ducks to a 4-1 win in a non-league game. He finished the week with a team-high six RBIs, despite going just 2-for-15 at the plate.
Oregon (29-10, 13-5 Pac-12) opened its half of the decisive four-run fifth inning trailing 3-1 after UCLA (25-11, 9-6) scored two runs in the top of the inning.
J.J. Altobelli started the rally with a one-out single to left field. Thomas moved Altobelli to second with an infield single and Aaron Payne walked to load the bases. Healy pulled the Ducks to within a run with a fielder's choice that scored Altobelli.
Oregon and UCLA both started the day with single runs in the third inning. The Bruins took the early lead on a Brenton Allen RBI double. The Ducks answered, snapping a 20-inning scoreless streak, when Payne singled to center, scoring Altobelli with two outs in the inning.
Jake Reed (5-3) got the win for Oregon allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. Jimmie Sherfy picked up his 13th save striking out two of the three Bruins he faced in the ninth inning. Grant Watson (5-2) took the loss for UCLA.
Altobelli led the Ducks on offense, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Thomas was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Heineman went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
Oregon is back in action Tuesday when the Ducks visit Portland for a nonleague game at 3 p.m.
NO. 5 OREGON STATE 8, WASHINGTON 0 — At Seattle, fifth-ranked Oregon State utilized a five-run first inning to cruise to a win over Washington in the three-game series finale at Husky Ballpark.
Oregon State finished with 11 hits off four Washington pitchers. Former Ashland standout Max Gordon, Tyler Smith, Dylan Davis and Danny Hayes all had two hits in the win, which saw the Beavers tally five doubles, tying a season-high.
Davis and Andy Peterson paced the club with two RBIs apiece.
Ben Wetzler's effort may have been overshadowed by the OSU offense's domination of the scoreboard but the lefty certainly had an outstanding day himself.
He had a 5-0 lead before throwing a pitch. The left-hander threw his second career complete game — and first in nine innings as his first was seven innings against West Virginia in 2012. He allowed four hits and one walk.
Wetzler struck out six and improved to 3-1 this season.
Oregon State had seen its pitching staff finish with a quality start in seven consecutive games.
Oregon State (30-8, 11-4 Pac-12) sent 10 batters to the plate in the five-run first, batting around for the second time in Pac-12 play.
Gordon and Smith opened the game with back-to-back doubles for a 1-0 lead, and Davis made it 2-0 with a one-out double. Ryan Barnes singled in Davis and Peterson capped off the inning's scoring with two-out, two-run single to right.
Davis added to the lead with a solo home run to left in the second. It was his second of the year and just the third for the Beavers in Pac-12 play — the first two came by Michael Conforto during the Arizona series.
Danny Hayes and Kavin Keyes added to the lead with a pair of doubles in the fifth to push the Beavers to an 8-0 lead.