Ducks again knock off defending champs

EUGENE — After waiting until the bottom of the ninth inning to score in Friday's home opening victory at PK Park, the University of Oregon baseball team had five runs on the board by the last of the third Saturday, cruising to a 7-1 win over 15th-ranked Fresno State in front of another capacity crowd.

The Ducks (3-2) received exceptional pitching for the second time in as many days but this time backed it up with their bats, cranking out 10 hits against the defending national champions.

Caleb Tommasini and Dylan Gavin led the UO attack with two hits and two RBIs apiece, and right-hander Erik Stavert (1-1) earned the win, scattering six hits and allowing one run in 61/3 innings of work.

Oregon scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third before adding single runs in the sixth and seventh. The Bulldogs' (2-4) only run came in the form of a solo home run by Danny Muno in the top of the third, briefly pulling the visitors within 2-1.

Eddy Rodriguez, who scored the lone run in Friday's 1-0 shutout, sparked Oregon's early rally with a leadoff single in the last half of the second. Base hits by Colby Sokol and Gavin — sandwiched around a strikeout by Jett Hart — loaded the bases for No. 9 hitter Danny Pulfer. Pulfer delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Rodriguez with the game's first run.

Tommasini followed with a two-out hit, bringing home Sokol.

The Ducks batted around in the third, although they managed to score the minimum amount of runs in doing so, leaving the bases loaded after three runs were in.

Mitch Karraker started the frame with the first of his two hits on the day and went to second after Rodriguez walked. Solkol advanced his teammates to second and third, respectively with a sacrifice bunt, before Hart walked to load the bases and chase Fresno State starter Sean Bonesteele (0-2) in the process.

Gavin singled to right, driving home two, and Pulfer followed with a bunt single to give UO a 5-1 lead.

Arizona State 6, Oregon State 3

At Tempe, Ariz., Carlos Ramirez' solo home run in the eighth inning proved to be the game winner as No. 5 Arizona State downed Oregon State.

Ramirez's shot off Oregon State reliever Kraig Sitton broke open a 3-3 tie. Arizona State added two runs in the frame.

Sitton was saddled with the loss after going one full inning. He struck out two and did not issue a walk but fell to 0-1 this season.

The loss dropped the Beavers to 3-2. They are 2-1 in their first three games at the DeMarini Invitational, with the final game coming today against Northern Illinois.

Arizona State, meanwhile, improved to 8-0 this season. Mitchell Lambson picked up the win for Arizona State after going three innings in relief of starter Seth Blair. Lambson allowed one hit while striking out three for his second win of the season.

Oregon State managed four hits — one apiece from Joey Wong, Stefen Romero, John Wallace and John Tommasini.

Oregon State scored the first three runs of the game, and early. Wong led off the game with a double to center and scored when the second batter of the game, Adalberto Santos, reached on an error.

Two innings later, the Beavers took a 3-0 lead. Santos reached on a one-out walk, and moved to third when Ryan Ortiz reached on another Arizona State error.

Jared Norris reached on a fielder's choice when Santos was unsuccessful going home, but with two outs, the Beavers took advantage. Two runs scored when Romero, batting fifth in the lineup, doubled to right.

Arizona State, however, answered with a solo run in the fourth. The Sun Devils tied the game in the sixth when Jordan Swagerty hit a two-run home run to right.

Tyler Waldron made his second start of the season and went six innings, striking out six and walking three. Swagerty's home run was the only extra base hit allowed by Waldron as he scattered six hits and three runs, two of which were earned.

Zach Wilson led Arizona State with two hits. The Sun Devils managed eight hits off Waldron, Sitton and Mark Grbavac.

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