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FRIDAY COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP/Ducks manage just 3 hits, 1 run in loss at UC Irvine; Concordia needs 1 more win to clinch GNAC playoff berth

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Oregon State 17, WASHINGTON STATE 3

• Luke Heimlich (11-1) got the support of 20 hits, including a home run by Kyle Nobach and four RBIs from Adley Rutschman, as Oregon State took the series opener at Pullman, Washington.

Heimlich pitched seven innings, allowing three hits and two runs, with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Rutschman and Nick Madrigal each went 3 for 5, and Steven Kwan was 3 for 4. Madrigal, Nobach and Michael Gretler had two RBIs apiece.

OSU improved to 34-7 overall and 13-6 in the Pac-12.

The Beavers are chasing Stanford (15-4) and UCLA (14-6) for the conference lead. Stanford is ranked first and second in the major national polls. OSU has been second, third and sixth. Stanford beat Utah, 12-1, on Friday. UCLA lost 3-1 at Arizona.

WSU dropped to 6-13, 14-24.

Other games in the series are 5 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

UC IRVINE 2, Oregon 1

• Sophomore Kenyon Yovan from Westview High turned in another strong performance on the mound, but it wasn't enough for the Ducks.

Yovan worked the first 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walk, with nine strikeouts.

Oregon's Spencer Steer homered in the third inning for a 1-0 lead. But that would be the last of UO's three hits, and UC Irvine went ahead with two runs in the seventh.

The Ducks, who struck out 11 times, are 21-22 overall.

The Anteaters, who split four games with Portland this season, climbed to 26-18.

The teams will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and complete their series at noon Sunday.

SAINT MARTIN'S 12, Concordia 7

Concordia 11, SAINT MARTIN'S 5

• Concordia began its final weekend of league play with a final push for a playoff spot.

A doubleheader split at Lacey, Washington kept them on pace to make it to the postseason.

Saint Martin's will play host to the Cavs (17-21 in the GNAC) on Saturday in a noon doubleheader to end the regular season. One more Concordia win would give the Cavaliers the fourth playoff spot, ahead of Northwest Nazarene (17-23), which split a home doubleheader on Friday against Western Oregon to end its regular season.

Overall, Concordia is 18-30, Northwest Nazarene 19-31. The Nighthawks were 5-3 against Concordia during the regular season.

Saint Martin's is 10-28 in the GNAC and 11-35 overall.

In Friday's first game at Lacey, Concordia took a 6-0 lead with six runs in the top of the second. But the Saints chipped away with four two-run innings, the last giving them an 8-7 lead through six innings. They added three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth and finished with a 20-7 edge in hits.

In the nightcap, Concordia broke a 4-4 tie with a four-run third and ended up with 11 hits to 10 for Saint Martin's.

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