CORVALLIS — Catcher Logan Ice slammed a double off the right-field fence with one out in the last of the ninth to drive in the only run of the game and No. 2 Oregon State moved back into first place in the Pacific-12 Conference on Saturday with a thrilling 1-0 victory over No. 5 Washington at Goss Stadium.
Ice's dramatic blast ended a classic duel between OSU's Jace Fry and Washington's (38-12-1, 20-6) Tyler Davis. With a season-high crowd of 3,323 fans hanging on every pitch, they matched zeroes for 81/2 innings before the Beavers (40-9, 21-5 Pac-12) finally broke through and evened the series at one game apiece heading into today's 3:05 p.m. finale.
Dylan Davis began the decisive rally with an opposite-field single to right field, only the sixth hit allowed by Tyler Davis. Gabe Clark sacrificed and Michael Howard was intentionally walked to set up a possible inning-ending double play.
Washington closer Troy Rallings, who pitched a perfect ninth to save Washington's 4-2 victory in Friday's series opener, was summoned to from the bullpen to face the switch-hitting Ice. Batting left, Ice slammed Rallings' first pitch off the wall in front of the temporary bleachers and Dylan Davis flew home with the game-winning run, touching off a wild celebration as the Beavers mobbed Ice out near second base.
OREGON 4, UCLA 1 — At Los Angeles, Jeff Gold pitched six strong innings and Aaron Payne and Kyle Garlick each belted an RBI double in the third as Oregon clinched the three-game series and can sweep the defending College World Series champions with another win today.
Gold hold the Bruins (23-28-1, 10-16 Pac-12) to one run on seven hits before Jordan Spencer took over in the seventh. Spencer, Darrell Hunter, Garrett Cleavinger and Jake Reed held UCLA scoreless over the last three innings. Gold, who struck out two without a walk, improved to 10-1 for the Ducks (39-16, 16-10), while Reed picked up his 13th save.
NCAA REGIONALS — At Eugene, the tougher the setup at Eugene Country Club over three days of regional play this week, the more comfortable host Oregon felt.
On a defining day for a team and a young freshman, Thomas Lim carded the best round in the field and the Ducks were seven strokes better than their closest competitors in Saturday's final round of regionals. Though the rough was longer than ever, and the greens even slicker, the UO men put last year's final-round disappointment — and a season's worth of inconsistencies — behind them, challenging Stanford for the regional title before settling for second place, a stroke behind the Cardinal.
By finishing in the top five of the regional, Oregon advanced to the NCAA Championship, which begins Friday in Hutchinson, Kansas.
That was Oregon's mindset entering regionals as well, as the seventh seed. Deep down, though, the Ducks felt their home-course advantage will prove decisive.
When Thursday's opening round saw the Ducks make the turn at 9 over, that didn't seem so. But Oregon played the next 27 holes at even par, then shot a collective 5-over 285 on Saturday, seven strokes better than any other team.
Oregon's Zach Foushee, who entered the day in second before fading with a round of 76, finished in a group tied for eighth at 15-over 215 with teammate Brandon McIver. Both players were on the Oregon team that collapsed over the final few holes of regionals last spring and failed to advance to the NCAA Championship.
Track and Field
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS — At Pullman, Wash., both the Oregon men's and women's track and field teams will head into the final day of the Pac-12 Championships in first place after each team put 30 points between themselves and the field Saturday. The women's team earned 64 points while the men have 70.25 points after day one, each garnering one individual event win.
Jenna Prandini got off to an impressive start, beginning the weekend by winning the long jump, setting a personal record in the process, and moving up to a tie for third on the Oregon all-time list (20 feet, 111/4 inches). The redshirt sophomore's contribution of 10 points to the team total is just the start of her weekend, as Prandini also won her qualifying heats in both the 100 and 200. Jasmine Todd joined her as a long jump scorer in fourth place, and a 100 finalist.
Sam Crouser won his third-consecutive Pac-12 Championship in the javelin, throwing 243-7, and tallying the field's top-four throws of the day. Between Crouser's triple and Cyrus Hostetler's wins in 2009 and 2010, Oregon has won the men's javelin at the Pac-12 Championships five of the past six seasons.
Brittany Mann set a school record in the shot put during her final attempt of the day while finishing second. The redshirt freshman set a personal best in her fifth attempt of 53-91/4, but unleashed a throw of 55-5 during her sixth and final attempt, crushing the previous school record of 53-111/4 set by Bree Fuqua in 2005. Mann's distance ranks 12th in the NCAA this season and first among freshman.