Stavert tosses a gem as Oregon drops UCLA
EUGENE — Another spectacular outing from junior Erik Stavert coupled with some offensive production from Oregon's bats led the Ducks to a 3-2 series opening victory over UCLA (20-22, 11-8 Pac-10) on Friday at PK Park.
Stavert (5-3) picked up his fifth win of the season by pitching eight innings of one-run baseball and allowing just six hits while dealing eight strikeouts.
With the victory, the Ducks (14-29, 4-12 Pac-10) snap a seven-game losing streak.
Paul Eshleman was 2-for-4 for Oregon, which never trailed in the contest. The Ducks scored one run in the fourth and took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth. UCLA scored runs in the top of the seventh and ninth innings.
CORVALLIS — Oregon State rallied for two runs in the ninth inning, but it was not enough to overcome four early runs from No. 3 Arizona State in a 4-2 loss Friday night at Goss Stadium. A regular season record crowd of 3,129 was on hand to watch the game.
Entering the bottom of the ninth down 4-0, Ryan Ortiz led the inning off by drawing a walk off of Arizona State (33-9 overall, 16-3 Pacific-10 Conference) starter Mike Leake. Stefen Romero followed that with a double off the left field wall and Jared Norris was then hit by a pitch to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Adalberto Santos.
Santos drove the ball into right field, but was robbed on a diving catch on the warning track by Matt Newman that turned the play into a sacrifice fly. Koa Kahalehoe followed that up with a deep fly ball to left that scored one more run, but Michael Miller grounded out on the next pitch to end the game.
Romero went 2-for-4 on the day for his 16th multi-hit game of the season. He is second only to Ortiz for most multi-hit games for the Beavers this season.
Rachel Alexandra romps in $500,000 Kentucky Oaks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rachel Alexandra rolled to victory in the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks on Friday, crushing the field by 201/4 lengths and perhaps stamping herself as the best 3-year-old horse in the country, male or female.
With jockey Calvin Borel up, Rachel Alexandra stalked Gabby's Golden Gal along the backstretch then easily moved to the front with little urging from Borel. She poured it on in the stretch, widening the gap as 100,000 spectators roared with every stride of her eye-popping victory in the filly version of the Kentucky Derby.
Compiled from wire reports