Heimlich K's 14 to lead Beavers
OREGON STATE 6, Stanford 2
• Luke Heimlich struck out a career-high 14 batters to carry the fast-starting, No. 3-ranked Beavers to a win over the No. 2 Cardinal in their series opener at Goss Stadium.
Before a stadum record crowd of 3,830, Heimlich worked eight innings and got into trouble only in the fifth inning, when a bloop double was followed by a home run off the bat of Will Matthiessen from West Linn High.
That cut the Beavers' lead to 4-2.
Oregon State added two runs in the bottom of the eighth on Trevor Larnach's two-run single, and Jake Mulholland closed the door with a perfect ninth.
Heimlich improved to 12-1, with three hits and two walks allowed. His previous best for strikeouts was 13 against Washington this season.
The Beavers scored three runs in their first at-bat and one in the second inning. In the first, Adley Rutschman had an RBI single and Michael Gretler hit a two-run double. In the second, Steven Kwan made the score 4-0 with a sacrifice fly.
OSU is 37-7-1 overall and 15-6-1 in the Pac-12.
Stanford is 38-7, 17-5.
Other games in the series are 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
OREGON 6, Utah 2
• Kenyon Yovan from Westview High raised his record to 5-3 with a seven-inning start in the series opener at PK Park.
Yovan allowed two runs on six hits, with six walks and two strikeouts.
Oregon came through with nine hits, including home runs by Yovan and Jonny DeLuca, who each had two RBIs.
Oregon improved to 23-24 overall and 9-13 in the Pac-12.
Utah dropped to 13-33, 7-16.
The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday and concludes at noon Sunday.
San Diego 9, PORTLAND 4
• The Pilots and Toreros were tied 3-3 when USC took control with six runs scored from the fifth through the seventh innings of their series opener at Joe Etzel Field.
UP starter Eli Morse, a freshman from Cleveland High, fell to 3-7, giving up seven runs on nine hits over five innings, with five strikeouts.
Portland is 19-27 overall and 9-13 in the West Coast Conference.
San Diego is 22-29, 11-14 WCC.
The teams will meet again at 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.