Sun Devils rally past Ducks again
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Oregon couldn’t hold a three-run eighth inning lead for the second straight day as Arizona State rallied for a 9-8 Pac-12 Conference baseball win on Saturday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium .
Oregon (21-19, 9-11 Pac-12) jumped out to an early lead behind the hot bat of A.J. Balta. The Ducks' left fielder, who had a homer and three RBIs in Friday’s game, picked up his fourth RBI of the series with a one-out single that scored Austin Grebeck from second.
The Ducks added to the lead in the third with a two-run, two-out rally. After Balta reached on a passed ball on strike three and a walk by Jake Bennett, Nick Catalano ripped a two-run double just inside third base to put Oregon on top 3-0.
Kyle Kasser made it 4-0 in the fourth with a run-scoring double that scored Tim Susnara. ASU cut the lead to one with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Oregon got all three back in the top of the sixth to make it 7-3. The Ducks got it to 8-5 before ASU scores twice in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The Sun Devils are 28-15, 10-10 Pac-12.
ARIZONA 4, OREGON STATE 1: At Tucson, Ariz., 11th-ranked Oregon State lost at Hi Corbett Field.
Overall, the Beavers recorded eight hits. Cadyn Grenier doubled and went 2-for-4 while Christian Donahue pushed his hit streak to five games with a pair of singles.
Nick Madrigal extended his hit streak to 14 games with a first-inning single, tying his season long. A hit in today's finale would give the Beavers two players with 15-game streaks over the last two seasons. Jeff Hendrix accomplished the feat in 2015.
The Beavers (29-14 overall, 10-10 Pac-12 Conference) were handcuffed by Arizona starter JC Cloney, who scattered five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He earned the win to improve to 4-3.
Luke Heimlich started for the Beavers, and worked 6 2/3 innings as well. The lefty allowed four runs – three in the third inning and one in the seventh – and struck out three. He was saddled with the loss to drop to 5-3.