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Heimlich dialed in as Beavers scorch ASU

CORVALLIS — Luke Heimlich struck out 11 and held Arizona State to five hits and two runs in 8 2/3 innings to help send fifth-ranked Oregon State to a 6-2 win over the Sun Devils Friday night at Goss Stadium.

Heimlich became the Pac-12 Conference’s first 10-game winner, outdueling his counterpart, Arizona State’s Alec Marsh, who worked seven innings in a loss. Heimlich held ASU scoreless over eight innings, then gave up a pair of runs in the ninth. Spencer Torkelson spoiled Heimlich’s shutout bid with a solo home run with one down.

The senior now has three consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts — a first in his OSU career — and has 33 over his last 22 innings.

By comparison, Marsh was also sharp for ASU (17-24 overall, 9-10 Pac-12), holding the Beavers to five hits and two runs in seven innings. Cadyn Grenier bunted in a run in the third to give OSU (31-6, 11-5) the lead, then watched as Adley Rutschman drove in a run via a single in the sixth.

Marsh, who is now 3-3 on the year, was relieved by Jake Godfrey in the eighth and the Beavers took advantage. Jack Anderson hit a bases-loaded comebacker versus lefty Spencer Van Scoyoc, and an errant throw home run allowed two runs to score. Then Michael Gretler drove home a pair with a double down the third-base line to give the Beavers a 6-0 lead at the time.

Gretler paced the Oregon State offense with two hits.

SOUTHERN CAL 10, OREGON STATE 2: At Eugene, Oregon’s losing streak reached six games as the Ducks dropped a series opener to USC before 1,002 fans at PK Park.

USC broke the game open with a five-run third inning. The Ducks (19-20, 6-13 Pac-12) had several chances to rally back but couldn’t come through with a key hit while runners were in scoring position.

Oregon started strong, with starter Matt Mercer facing one over the minimum through two innings, and the Ducks scoring first. Kyle Kasser, newly installed in the No. 3 hole, reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a two-out single by Gabe Matthews, giving Oregon a 1-0 lead.

But that would end up being the only hit of the game for the Ducks with a runner in scoring position. USC was more opportunistic; in the top of the third, Mercer issued a pair of two-out walks to load the bases after the Trojans had tied the score 1-1, and Stephen Dubb brought in two with a double before scoring himself on a two-run single by Matthew Acosta.

Oregon tried to mount its own two-out rally in the fourth, when Kenyon Yovan doubled and Tayler Travess walked, but Ray Soderman flew out to end the inning. A bases-loaded flyout by Spencer Steer scored Jakob Goldfarb in the fifth to make it 5-2, but the Ducks stranded the other two runners, before leaving the bases loaded in the seventh.