CORVALLIS — Cadyn Grenier and KJ Harrison each homered and Jake Thompson allowed one run in a career-long 8 1/3 innings to send the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 5-1 win over Utah Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
The victory marked Oregon State's 23rd consecutive victory, tying the 1988 Arizona State Sun Devils for the longest win streak by a conference club. OSU can break that record Tuesday night when hosting Gonzaga at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Oregon State improved to 28-1 on the year, and 12-0 in Pac-12 action. The Utes, meanwhile, fell to 12-16 overall and 3-9 in league play.
Thompson allowed one hit over his career-long 8 1/3 innings, walking three with seven strikeouts. His lone hit allowed was a two-out double by DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., that scored Josh Rose from second.
Thompson picked up the win to improve to 7-0, which ties him for the Pac-12 lead.
Grenier put the Beavers on the board in the third, answering an earlier Utah run, with a three-run home run over the fence in left. The round-tripper marked the fourth of his season and extended his hit streak to eight games.
Nick Madrigal doubled for the third time in the series, in the fifth, scoring Jack Anderson, and Harrison hit his third home run of 2017 in the fifth, putting his solo shot over the fence in left. The round tripper put OSU up 5-1.
The loss went to Utah starter Josh Lapiana, who allowed seven hits and five runs in six innings. He dropped to 2-4.
Mitch Hickey earned his first save of the season after getting the final two outs of the game. He entered with runners on first and second and one down in the ninth.
OREGON 7, UC IRVINE 2: At Eugene, Oregon secured the series sweep scoring seven unanswered runs after falling behind early.
Isaiah Carranza turned in a solid effort on the mound, overcoming two early runs to tie a career-high six innings pitched while striking out three and walking just one.
Tim Susnara hit his second home run in as many days with an inside-the-park solo home run off the left field wall in the second inning to open the scoring for the Ducks.
Oregon (21-8) scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-2 lead. Gabe Matthews tied the game with an RBI single to score Spencer Steer who led off the fourth inning with a double. Kyle Kasser drove in the go-ahead run on a single in the fifth inning before Taylor Travess extended the lead with an RBI fielder's choice in the sixth.
The Ducks added three more runs in the eighth inning to break the game open. A.J. Balta and Morgan McCullough each delivered run-scoring singles before Kasser drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI fielder's choice.
The Anteaters (12-16) took the lead in the first inning on an error that allowed two runs to score.
OREGON 11, UCLA 4: At Los Angeles, No. 2 ranked Oregon avoided a sweep at No. 9 UCLA.
The Ducks (36-2, 9-2 Pac-12) were held scoreless in the first two games of the series but the bats exploded for 11 runs on 11 hits on Sunday.
In the third inning, the Ducks batted around the lineup and scored six runs on six hits and a UCLA error. Alexis Mack walked to start the inning and moved to second on a bunt single by Danica Mercado. After a pop out for the first out, Nikki Udria ripped a double to left center to score both Mack and Mercado. After another pop out for the second out, Mia Camuso lined a RBI single up the middle to score Udria. An error put a second runner on base for designated player Madi Bishop, who belted a three-run homer to left to give the Ducks a 6-0 lead.
After UCLA scored twice in the fourth, Oregon answered with three runs in the fifth without a single hit. The Ducks scored twice on back-to-back fielder's choice grounders before an error allowed another run to come home.
Oregon added two more runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run homer from Udria. UCLA scored twice in the bottom of the seventh but it wasn't enough to mount a comeback.