Another sweep for Oregon State baseball
Oregon State 10, California 2
At Goss Stadium
The top-ranked Beavers moved closer to the Pac-12 title by sweeping the three-game set from the Bears.
A five-run fifth inning keyed the win for the Beavers, who need two more wins — or two losses by Stanford and UCLA — to clinch the conference pennant.
Oregon State improved to 38-4, 21-3 in conference. California is 21-24, 12-12.
Tyler Malone went 2 for 2 with two RBIs, and nine Beavers had hits. Cadyn Greiner had a triple; KJ Harrison and Jack Anderson each hit a double.
Jake Thompson (10-0) scattered nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
With a crowd of 3,551 on Sunday, the Beavers broke a week-old attendance record for a three-game home series with 10,567 fans attending against Cal.
Next are three games in Eugene against Oregon, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Washington State 6, Oregon 5
At Pullman, Washington
Justin Harrer hit a two-run double with two out in the bottom of the ninth to win it for the host Cougars.
Oregon led 5-0 through six innings.
The Ducks are 26-17 overall, 9-12 in Pac-12 play.
Oregon scored three runs in the third inning and added single runs in the fourth and sixth to build the five-run lead. Washington State (22-22, 8-13) scored one run in the seventh and three in the eighth before winning in walk-off fashion for the second consecutive game to take two of three from the Ducks.
Four Ducks had two hits apiece: Kyle Kasser, Spencer Steer, Matthew Dyer and Daniel Patzlaff.
Oregon starter Cole Stringer pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings. Kenyon Yovan was tagged for seven hits and five runs over 1 2/3 innings to take the loss.
The Ducks return home for three games against top-ranked Oregon State, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Oregon 2, Florida State 1 (9 innings)
At Jane Sanders Stadium
Danica Mercado scored on a Gwen Svekis sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth Sunday as the No. 5-ranked Ducks completed a three-game sweep of the No. 2 Seminoles.
Mercado led off the ninth with a double to the left-center field wall. She was moved to third on a two-strike bunt by pinch hitter Madi Bishop and scored when Svekis hit a fly ball to center field.
Oregon improved to 44-6. Florida State is 48-6-1, and lost as many games in Eugene as it had all season.
Freshman Maggie Balint (19-3) earned the pitching win in relief, striking out four batters over two innings. She pitched out of an eighth-inning jam and ended the top of the ninth with a strikeout with the go-ahead run at third base for FSU.
Miranda Elish pitched the first six innings for Oregon, allowing an unearned run in the second. She had six strikeouts and one walk and gave up six hits. Megan Kleist gave up two hits without an out to start the eighth before Balint took over.
Oregon tied the score 1-1 on a two-out base hit by Balint in the fifth inning.
Jessica Burroughs (23-4) went the distance for Florida State. She limited Oregon to four hits and struck out eight with no walks.
Oregon visits Stanford Thursday through Saturday to wrap up Pac-12 play. The Ducks figure to be hosting an NCAA regional the following weekend.
Utah 6, Oregon State 0
At OSU Softball Complex
The Utes pounded out 11 hits to avoid being swept by the Beavers.
Oregon State fell to 27-23 overall, 8-13 in the Pac-12. Utah, ranked No. 10, is 33-11, 13-6 in conference.
Jessica Garcia went 2 for 3 to account for half of the Beavers' four hits.
Kay Kay Fronda was 3 for 3, including a two-run home run, for Utah.
TRACK AND FIELD
Pac-12 Combined Events
At Whyte Track and Field Complex, Corvallis
Ducks' Modin wins decathlon
Senior Mitch Modin and junior Joe Delgado gave Oregon a 1-2 finish in the men's decathlon at the Pac-12 Combined Events meet.
Modin erased a 145-point deficit over the final four events and won the conference title with 7,530 points. Delgado took second with 7,432 points.
As a result, Oregon takes 18 points into the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships, Saturday and Sunday in Eugene. The Ducks are aiming for an 11th consecutive conference title in men's track and field.
After Saturday's five events, Modin was second and Delgado fifth in the eight-man decathlon field. On Sunday, Modin won the discus (124 feet, 7 inches), tied for first in the pole vault (15-5) and won the javelin (personal-best 197-0).
Delgado capped his rise into second place with a victory in the final event, running the 1,500 meters in a personal best 4 minutes, 14.75 seconds. That followed a PR in the javelin (181-6 1/4) and a second-place discus throw (122-3 1/2).
OSU's Hallock second in heptathlon
Oregon State senior Kara Hallock scored a personal-best 5,551 points. She finished second to Washington State's Alissa Brooks-Johnson (5,638 points) in the seven-event, two-day competition.
Hallock's score is the second-best all-time mark at OSU and a PR by 172 points.
Hallock's finish is the highest for any Beavers competitor at a Pac-12 championship meet since the women's track and field program was revived in 2005.
She moved into second place by opening Sunday with a win in the long jump (19-4). Hallock followed with a PR in the javelin (139-1).
Oregon State's Saskia McNairy placed seventh with a score of 5,092, the first time over 5,000 points for the redshirt sophomore.