No. 25 Oregon edges UC Riverside
EUGENE — The No. 25 Oregon baseball team scored three runs in the seventh inning to break a tie and then held off a UC Riverside ninth-inning rally in a 6-5 nonconference win at PK Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Ducks completed a three-game sweep of the Highlanders with the win.
Mitchell Tolman gave Oregon the early lead with an RBI single that scored Aaron Payne, who reached base with a leadoff hit by pitch. Payne stole second to get into scoring position.
UCR rallied with two runs off Trent Paddon, who was making his first career start, in the top of the fourth inning to take its first lead of the series. After Paddon hit David Andriese and gave up a ground rule double to Matthew Ellis, Drake Zarate singled to left field to drive in both runners.
The Highlanders added a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth to push the lead to 3-1, but the Ducks rallied to tie it at three in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Baumgartner led off the inning with a solo home run, his first of the season, to cut the lead in half.
Tolman followed with a double to left field and, after two outs and a walk by Austin Grebeck, scored on a J.B. Bryant pinch hit.
The Ducks added three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead. Kyle Garlick came up with the key hit, doubling to right center to score Baumgartner and Tolman. Shaun Chase drove in Garlick on a squeeze bunt to give the Ducks a 6-3 lead.
Darrell Hunter (2-1) picked up the win, allowing one hit in one inning of relief. Jake Reed picked up his ninth save of the season despite allowing a two-out, two-run home run in the ninth.
Garlick went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Baumgartner was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Tolman finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
OREGON STATE 8, WASHINGTON STATE 1 — At Pullman, Wash., Jace Fry held Washington State to three hits and a run over eight innings and Michael Conforto drove in three runs on the strength of three hits as the Beavers claimed the three-game series.
Fry, making his ninth start of the season, got out of two bases-loaded jams and held Washington State to 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. He gave way to Scott Schultz to open the bottom half of the ninth.
Fry improved to 7-1 after striking out six while walking five.
Conforto, meanwhile, paced an Oregon State offense that rapped out 11 hits against the Cougars. Andy Peterson, Jeff Hendrix and Dylan Davis all recorded two hits apiece with the latter two also driving in two runs.
The Beavers totaled 27 hits over the last two games of the series after finishing with four in game one.
The Beavers (27-7, 11-4 Pac-12) jumped on Washington State starter Jason Monda for two runs in the first inning to open the game's scoring. Hendrix singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Peterson, and scored when Conforto singled up the middle. Conforto scored when Davis skipped one through the right side of the infield.
Monda settled in the next three innings but OSU utilized a two-out rally in the fifth to push its lead to 4-0. Logan Ice and Trever Morrison gave the Beavers runners on the corners with consecutive singles, and Hendrix drove them in with a double to left that landed on the warning track.
Oregon State blew the game open in the seventh, scoring four runs with two outs. Conforto highlighted the inning with a two-run single and Davis and Peterson also drove in solo runs on singles.