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Beavers take series finale over Mustangs

CORVALLIS — Michael Gretler’s run-scoring single in the fifth inning proved to be the game winner as the 24th-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated Cal Poly, 4-2, Sunday at Goss Stadium in the series finale.

Gretler lofted a pitch from reliever Michael Gomez into the gap in right center, driving in Kyle Nobach for a 3-2 lead. A batter earlier, Logan Ice had driven in the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly to left.

OSU added an insurance run in the ninth when Trever Morrison, batting in the fifth spot of the lineup for the first time this season, walked with the bases loaded.

The runs supported Oregon State starter Travis Eckert, who scattered six hits and two runs over six innings to earn the win and improve to 3-0 on the year. The right-hander struck out three and walked three.

OSU (21-7) managed just five hits off five Cal Poly (9-15) pitchers, but made them count. KJ Harrison drove in the game’s first run on a single in the fourth.

The Mustangs, however, answered back with a pair of run-scoring single in the fifth. Peter Van Gansen tied the game, and was followed by an RBI off the bat of Brian Mundell.

Cal Poly had just six hits, all off Eckert. Luke Heimlich, John Pomeroy, Mak Fox and Mitch Hickey limited the Mustangs to just two walks in the final three innings. Hickey worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season.

ARIZONA 13, OREGON 4: At Tucson, Ariz., Oregon's struggles in Pac-12 play continued as host Arizona completed a three-game sweep with a victory, dropping the UO baseball team to 2-7 in conference play.

For the second day in a row, a big inning by the Wildcats doomed the Ducks (17-11). Arizona touched UO starter Cole Irvin (1-2) for seven runs in the second inning, capped by a two-run Bobby Dalbec home run.

Oregon got within 10-4 in the top of the sixth, when Josh Graham continued his recent hot streak with an RBI double. But Arizona (22-6, 7-3) got to the UO bullpen for three more runs in the bottom of the inning.

UO junior Phil Craig-St. Louis singled in a run during the Ducks' two-run fifth inning. He had his third straight two-hit game, finishing the series 6-of-13 with three RBIs and two runs.