SEATTLE — Adley Rutschman tallied three hits and every Oregon State starter recorded at least one hit to lead top-ranked Oregon State to a 5-2 win over Washington Friday at Husky Ballpark.
The win evened the series at one game apiece, with the rubber match coming today. Oregon State improved to 29-2 overall, and 13-1 in conference play, extending its lead over second-place UCLA and Washington (20-13, 7-4) to 4½ games.
Rutschman singled twice and doubled home a run in the eighth for his second career three-hit game. Christian Donahue and KJ Harrison each had two hits to help guide the Oregon State offense, which tallied 15 hits on the day.
Bryce Fehmel started for the Beavers, scattering six hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings. The sophomore earned the win, improving to 4-1 on the year.
The Beavers did most of their damage off reliever Jordan Jones, who gave up nine hits and four runs in 4 1/3.
Up 1-0 entering the fourth, OSU scored two in the frame thanks to RBI singles by Jack Anderson and Michael Gretler. The Huskies scored one in the fifth, but OSU jumped out to a 5-1 lead on a sacrifice fly by Cadyn Grenier in the seventh and Rutschman’s RBI in the eighth.
ARIZONA 5, OREGON 4: At Tucson, Ariz., No. 22 Oregon fell behind early to No. 7 Arizona and couldn't complete the comeback.
Arizona (25-9, 8-6 Pac-12) built a 5-0 lead but the Ducks were able to cut the lead to 5-4 on a Jake Bennett double in the top of the ninth. That's all the closer Oregon could get. After Spencer Steer was hit by a pitch, Gabe Matthews flew out and A.J. Balta grounded out to end the game.
Arizona took the early lead with a little help from the Ducks in the first inning. The Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs with a pair of walks sandwiched around a single off Oregon starter Matt Mercer. Despite the trouble, Mercer should have got out of the inning without allowing any runs. After getting Wildcats' cleanup hitter JJ Matijevic to pop out, Mercer got Mitchell Morimoto to ground into what should have been an inning-ending double play. Instead Morgan McCullough's relay throw was wild allowing two runs to score.
Oregon had chances to respond in the next three innings. The Ducks had runners on second and third with one out in the second but couldn't score. They then left the bases loaded in the third and had runners on first and second in the fourth but grounded into an inning-ending double play.
OREGON 4, WASHINGTON 1: At Eugene, Oregon evened its series with Washington and set the stage for a rubber match today as the No. 4 Ducks beat the No. 12 Huskies before 1,906 fans in Jane Sanders Stadium.
Megan Kleist (13-1) pitched a complete game and Nikki Udria's two-run single in the third provided the winning runs for the Ducks.
The Ducks (37-3, 10-3 Pac-12) rallied for three runs in the third to come from behind and take the lead for good. Key to the inning was a leadoff single by Danica Mercado — the first leadoff hitter to reach in the series for Oregon.
Jenna Lilley's bunt single moved Mercado over, and she scored when Alexis Mack reached on a two-base error. After a fielder's choice and a stolen base again left runners at second and third, Udria dropped a single into short right-center field, plating both runners for a 3-1 lead.