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SATURDAY COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP/Ducks rally, then lose in 11th inning at UC Irvine; Concordia makes GNAC postseason

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Oregon State 9, WASHINGTON STATE 1

• The Beavers have taken a lkking to WSU pitching.

Oregon State, after scoring 17 runs on 20 hits on Friday, settled for nine runs on 17 hits to clinch a series victory at Pullman, Washington.

OSU improved to 14-6 Pac-12, 35-7 overall.

WSU fell to 6-14, 14-25.

The series finale is noon Sunday.

On Saturday, Kyle Nobach homered for the second game in a row and Michael Gretler tied his career high with three hits for the Beavers, who are ranked second, third and sixth in the major national polls.

Adley Rutschman was 3 for 4 with two RBIs for OSU. He and Trevor Larnach share the team RBI lead with 48.

Bryce Fehmel (6-1) allowed six hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings.

UC IRVINE 10, Oregon 9 (11 innings)

• The Ducks got 10 hits, but couldn't hold off the Anteaters, who beat them for the second day in a row at Irvine, California.

Oregon dropped to 21-23, while

UC Irvine climbed to 27-18.

The final game of the three-game series is noon Sunday.

Spencer Steer's two-run home run in the top of the ninth put Oregon on top, 9-8.

But the Anteaters forced extra innings, then won in the 11th after a leadoff walk, sacrifice and steal of third put Mikey Filia in position to score on Christian Koss' one-out, sacrifice fly.

Speer was 3 for 5 and also doubled in a career-best, five-RBI night. Jakob Goldfarb had four RBIs and was 2 for 3.

UO starter Matt Mercer left in the bottom of the fifth because of an injury.

Concordia 5, SAINT MARTIN's 4

Concordia 6, SAINT MARTIN's 4 (9 innings)

• The Cavaliers clinched the fourth and final Great Northwest Athletic Conference playoff spot on the final day of the regular season.

The Cavs needed to win a game in the noon doubleheader at Lacey, Wash., and they got that done in the opener of a doubleheader to earn their first trip to the NCAA Division II conference's four-team tournament.

Andrew Barrera broke a 4-4 tie, scoring from third base on a passed ball in the top of the ninth inning.

Concordia then took the nightcap to finish 19-21 in GNAC play (20-30) overall.

The Cavaliers edged out fifth-place Northwest Nazarene, which ended its regular season on Friday with a split at home against Western Oregon, and was 17-23 in league and 19-31 overall.

Concordia will play

In Saturday's first game, Saint Martin's took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the third inning. Concordia got three in the fifth and tied the score at 4-4 in the seventh.

The double-elimination GNAC tourney is Wednesday-Friday at Central Washington. As the fourth seed, Concordia will open against No. 1 Montana State Billings at 3 p.m. Wednesday, after the 11:30 a.m. opener matching No. 2 Western Oregon and Central Washington.

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