Beavers rally past ASU, claim series
CORVALLIS — Cadyn Grenier and Troy Claunch each homered, and Steven Kwan and Michael Gretler both tallied three hits to send fifth-ranked Oregon State to a 6-5 win over Arizona State Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
The win sent the Beavers to the series victory, and pushed Oregon State to a 32-7 overall record and 12-6 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. Arizona State, meanwhile, dropped to 18-25 overall and 10-11 versus league foes.
Grenier opened OSU’s scoring with a two-run home run in the first, then watched as Troy Claunch hit the first of his career in the second. Preston Jones reached on an infield single in the third that also scored a run to make it 4-1 OSU.
The Sun Devils tied the game at four in the third, then went ahead with a solo run in the sixth.
Thus came the Oregon State comeback.
Trevor Larnach doubled to open the seventh, and scored on Gretler’s third hit of the game, a single up the middle. Three batters later, Claunch drove a sacrifice fly to right for what proved to be the game-winning run.
Kwan singled three times and walked twice to reach base all five times. Gretler’s three hits pushed him to 11 multi-hit efforts on the year. Jones had two hits for his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
Oregon State finished with 13 hits and tallied 33 over the three games versus the Sun Devils.
Dylan Pearce held Arizona State to four hits and a run in 3 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out four en route to the win, his second of the year. Jake Mulholland earned his 12th save of the year after 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Eli Lingos started for ASU, and allowed 13 hits and six runs in seven innings. He took the loss, dropping to 6-4 in 2018.
OREGON 2, SOUTHERN CAL 1: At Eugene, Ray Soderman delivered a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Oregon a 2-1 win over USC on Sunday at PK Park. The win clinched the series for the Ducks.
Soderman drove a one-ball, no-strike pitch to the right-field corner with one out, scoring Daniel Patzlaff from second. Patzlaff, who came in defensively in the top of the ninth inning, reached base to lead-off the inning when he was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a Taylor Travess sacrifice bunt.
Oregon starter Kolby Somers gave the Ducks arguably his best start of the season. The freshman from Hillsboro tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Somers didn’t allow a base runner past second base and retired the last 12 batters he faced before giving way to reliever Parker Kelly with one out and nobody on in the top of the seventh.
Oregon (21-20, 8-13 Pac-12) jumped out to a lead in the first inning for the third consecutive day. Jakob Goldfarb led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a Jonny DeLuca bunt single, stole third and scored on a Spencer Steer sacrifice fly.
USC (19-21, 7-14 Pac-12) tied the game with a run in the top of the ninth off Oregon closer Ryne Nelson. The Trojans got three hits off Nelson (2-1) in the inning, including a game-tying RBI single by Matthew Acosta. The Ducks’ stopper got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth after giving up the tying run, before pitching a scoreless 10th inning to get the win.
ARIZONA 10, OREGON STATE 1: At Tucson, Ariz., Hope Brandner hit her 10th home run of the season, but the Oregon State softball team fell to No. 10 Arizona.
Brandner’s homer was a solo shot in the fourth inning, over the left-field fence.
Alysha Everett and Michelle Sass tallied two hits apiece in the contest, while Chance Burden and Jessica Garcia both reached on walks.
Arizona threatened in the first inning, loading the bases with one out, but starting pitcher Mariah Mazon worked out of the jam to strand all three runners. The Wildcats would get on the board in the third inning, scoring a pair of unearned runs, after the frame was prolonged by two Oregon State errors.
The Beavers got a run back in the fourth, as Brandner launched her home run over the left-field wall. Arizona would respond by tacking on two more runs in the bottom of the frame, however, as the Wildcats headed to the fifth up 4-1.
Arizona’s Ivy Davis hit a grand slam in the sixth to end the game after six innings of play.
The Beavers will return home this week, as they host Seattle U on Tuesday, before playing a three-game series against Washington over the weekend.