CORVALLIS — On Friday night, the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team used some ninth-inning magic to open the series versus Utah with a win.
On Saturday afternoon, it was 16th-inning magic to send the Beavers to their 22nd consecutive win.
Adley Rutschman hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 16th to send Oregon State to a 5-4 victory.
The season-best 3,284 in attendance at Saturday's game went home happy due to a two-run 16th inning that saw the Beavers overcome a late Utah lead, made possible by Dallas Carroll's solo home run in the top half of the inning.
Steven Kwan opened the 16th with a bunt single, and moved to second when Michael Gretler bunted him over. Jack Anderson tied the game at four when he tripled down on the right field line on a 3-2 pitch. The Utes then intentionally walked Cadyn Grenier and Zak Taylor to load the bases for Rutschman, who hit a deep fly to center off Utah reliever Chase Bauerle to win the game.
The victory pushed Oregon State to a 27-1 overall record and 11-0 mark in Pac-12 Conference play, while Utah dropped to 12-15 overall and 3-8 against league foes.
The Beavers can tie the Pac-12 record for consecutive victories with a win in the series finale today. Arizona State's 1988 squad holds the record.
Jake Mulholland, the third OSU pitcher on the day, worked a season-long 6 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and a run with two strikeouts. He picked up the win to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Bauerle was charged with the loss after 4 2/3 innings of relief. He dropped to 0-1 after allowing two hits and two runs.
OREGON 6, UC IRVINE 3: At Eugene, Tim Susnara broke open a tight game with a two-run home run in the seventh inning to lead Oregon to a series-clinching win.
The win gave head coach George Horton his 800th career Division I victory, four weeks after he won his 300th game as Oregon's head coach.
UC Irvine (12-15) pulled within a run after Oregon led 4-0, but Susnara added some insurance for the Ducks with his two-run blast in the seventh inning, driving in Matthew Dyer and stretching the lead to 6-3.
Dyer, in his first game back from injury after missing the last nine, got the Ducks on the board in the first inning with an RBI single scoring Kyle Kasser.
Oregon (20-8) extended its lead in the second inning, scoring three runs on three hits to take a 4-0 lead. Kasser came through with a run-scoring double before Spencer Steer drove in two more with a two-out triple.
UC Irvine battled back, scoring three runs in the sixth inning, cutting the lead to 4-3. Keston Hiura delivered an RBI single before the Anteaters scored two more runs on a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly.
Connor Zwetsch and Kenyon Yovan combined for four shutout innings of relief without allowing a hit. Zwetsch went 2.1 innings with one strikeout before Yovan picked up his conference-leading 11th save, throwing 1.2 innings with one strikeout.
UCLA 1, OREGON 0: At Los Angeles, the Oregon offense went cold and the No. 2 Ducks lost in nine innings at No. 9 UCLA.
The Ducks (35-2, 8-2 Pac-12) were held scoreless for the second straight game.
Hits were hard to come by for both teams on Saturday. Oregon's best scoring chance did not come until the seventh inning. Jenna Lilley led off with a single and the junior moved to second when Shannon Rhodes singled to left. After a sacrifice bunt, the Ducks had runners at second and third with one out. However, UO could not score, as a fielder's choice grounder led to an out at the plate and a grounder ended the threat.
Track and Field
SUN ANGEL CLASSIC: At Tempe, Ariz., Oregon State sophomore Vanessa D’Arpino broke a school record at the Sun Angel Classic.
The former North Valley High standout won her section and tied for second in the premier 200 meters in 23.82, breaking her school mark by .01 seconds. It is the second time this season she’s broken the school record; she ran 23.83 at Stanford on April 1.