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No. 14 Beavers gain split with Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Michael Gretler hit his first career home run and Nick Madrigal tallied his second four-hit game of the season, but 14th-ranked Oregon State dropped a 7-6 decision to Utah Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark.

The game was the second of a doubleheader, with the Beavers taking game one, 7-2.

Gretler deposited the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning for his first home run, a two-run shot. He ended the night with two hits and a run scored.

Madrigal, meanwhile, tallied his second four-hit game of the season, and first since the season opener against Ball State. He singled three times and tripled once in six at-bats to give him his 13th multi-hit game of the season.

Christian Donahue was 3-for-5 for the Beavers, and OSU (26-10 overall, 8-7 Pac-12 Conference) tallied 12 hits. Oregon State finished with 36 hits over the three-game series.

The Beavers, however, left 14 on base in Friday’s second game, tying a season high.

The game was a seesaw battle from the start, with Utah taking a 3-0 lead in the first before OSU scored on singles by Trever Morrison and Donahue.

The Utes managed to get the two runs back in the bottom half of the inning, and held a 5-2 lead until the Beavers’ four-run fourth inning that was punctuated by Gretler’s first career home run, a two-run blast. Madrigal opened the inning’s scoring with a triple to right.

Utah, however, was not done offensively when Andre Jackson’s double past KJ Harrison at first in the fifth scored two and pushed the Utes to a 7-6 advantage. Jackson’s double marked the game winner, with the two runs charged to Bryce Fehmel, who took his first loss of the season and is 6-1.

In the opener, Luke Heimlich tossed a career-long 8 1/3 innings and Jack Anderson and Andy Atwood each drove in two to pace the Beavers.

Heimlich surpassed his previous long stint of 7 2/3 innings earlier this season against Central Arkansas. The lefty scattered six hits and a run — his lone blemish a home run in the ninth inning — and struck out four to earn his fifth win of the season.

Trevor Larnach’s sixth-inning double broke a scoreless stalemate, and Anderson drove in two with a double in the eighth. A four-run ninth, punctuated by a pinch-hit single from Atwood that drove in two, gave the Beavers their final offensive tally.

UCLA 4, OREGON 2: At Los Angeles, UCLA held Oregon to just four hits en route to winning game two of the series. The Bruins locked up the series win with the victory.

UCLA drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the third. Luke Persico gave the Bruins the lead with a two-out single that scored Daniel Rosica, who led off the inning with a single. The Bruins added a run in the fourth with a little help from Cole Irvin. The Ducks’ starter sandwiched a single with two hit batters before walking in the run for a 2-0 Bruins’ lead.

Irvin (3-4) allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings while walking three and hitting three Bruins’ batters.

Grant Dyer, who entered the game with a 6.50 ERA, shut down the Ducks over seven innings, allowing no runs on just two hits with two walks and a four strikeouts.

Track and Field

DOTSON SECOND: At Ashland, Southern Oregon's Joseph Dotson was second in the decathlon in the Cascade Conference Multi-Event Championships at Raider Stadium.

Dotson scored 6,408 points — the third-highest total in the NAIA. After putting up four personal bests out of Thursday's five disciplines, which put him in third place, Dotson registered three more in the second half of the meet Friday when he finished up with the 110-meter hurdles (16.31 seconds), the discus (112 feet, 4 inches), the pole vault (13-3), the javelin (154-8) and the 1,500 meters (4:39.91).

He ended the day with a win in the 1,500 by over eight seconds, which catapulted him past Corban's Jason Bracken (6,360) for second place.

Oregon Tech's Seth Gretz, from Rogue River, won the decathlon with 6,541 points. Gretz's total is the second best in the NAIA.

Dotson, moving just behind Gretz on the national list, accumulated the highest score for a Raider since 2010.