LOS ANGELES — For the first time this season, the No. 2 Oregon softball team came out on the losing end of the score, falling 2-0 at UCLA on Friday night in the first game of a three-game series.
The Ducks (35-1) were held scoreless on five hits with no errors and six runners left on base. The No. 9 Bruins (27-9) scored twice on five hits with no errors and two left on base.
Oregon's 35 straight wins to open the season tied the NCAA record. UCLA also went 35-0 in 1999.
On Friday, the Ducks stranded a pair of runners in the first inning, third inning and fourth inning. Meanwhile, UCLA took a 1-0 lead on a RBI single in the second before a solo homer to start the fourth pushed the Bruins' lead to 2-0.
Sophomore Megan Kleist took the loss despite a great night in the circle. She gave up just two runs on five hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Alexis Mack, Danica Mercado, Gwen Svekis, Jenna LIlley and Mia Camuso each had a hit for the Ducks but Oregon couldn't string much together against UCLA starter Rachel Garcia. Garcia allowed five hits in seven shutout innings with no walks and three strikeouts.
OREGON 10, UC IRVINE 1: At Eugene, David Peterson continued his dominant stretch of starts while the Oregon bats broke out in a non-conference win over UC Irvine.
Peterson (7-1) pitched six innings of one-run ball, striking out 11 with no walks while giving up five hits to earn his seventh consecutive win. He has an ERA of 0.64 with 68 strikeouts and just two walks in his last six starts. Peterson extended his streak of not allowing a walk to 24 innings.
Jake Bennett got the Ducks out to an early lead in the first inning with an RBI triple, scoring Kyle Kasser. Bennett scored on a passed ball and Slade Heggen drove in another run with an RBI groundout to make it 3-0.
The Anteaters scored their only run in the third inning with consecutive two-out doubles to make it a 3-1 game.
Spencer Steer added to the Oregon lead in the third inning with a run-scoring single to drive in Bennett who reached with a double. Tim Susnara followed with a two-out RBI single to score Steer and make it 5-1.
Oregon (19-8) scored a single run in the fourth inning and plated three more in the fifth to break the game open.
OREGON STATE 5, UTAH 4: At Corvallis, Steven Kwan's two-out single to left scored Preston Jones from second in the ninth inning, sending top-ranked Oregon State to victory.
Jack Anderson reached on a two-out error, then moved to second when KJ Harrison singled past third. Jones pinch ran for Anderson and Kwan, who came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth, drove a 2-2 pitch from Utah reliever Dylan Drachler into left center, allowing Jones to score easily from second.
The win pushed the Beavers to 21 consecutive victories, the longest streak in the nation in 2017. It stretches the school record for consecutive wins and pushes Oregon State to two shy of the conference record of 23 set by Arizona State in 1988.
Oregon State improved to 26-1 overall and 10-0 in league play, while Utah dropped to 12-14 overall and 3-7 against conference foes.
The Beavers scored two in the first and a solo run in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Utah, however, took a 4-3 lead after one in both the fifth and seventh innings and two in the eighth. Oregon State tied the game at four on a pinch-hit RBI single from Andy Atwood.
Jake Mulholland earned the win for Oregon State, improving to 3-0 with 1 2/3 innings of work. Drachler was saddled with the loss after giving up five hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings. He dropped to 0-2.