Ducks keep UC Davis grounded

EUGENE — Oregon took advantage of a UC Davis error in the bottom of the seventh to score a go-ahead run, and a dominant relief performance by junior right-handed pitcher Parker Kelly preserved a 5-4 Ducks win at PK Park Friday evening.

Kelly was overpowering in relief and improved to 4-0 with the victory, striking out seven hitters in three innings of work. Oregon scored the go-ahead run that turned out to be the eventual game-winner on an error in the bottom of the seventh, and the Ducks struck out a season-best 17 hitters on the evening, including a career-high nine from starter Matt Mercer.

Kyle Kasser was 3-for-4 in the victory, scoring twice and driving in another run. Kasser has six hits in his last 11 at-bats (.545) over a three-game span. A trio of Ducks contributed two hits: Jonny DeLuca, Jakob Goldfarb, and Ryne Nelson.

CAL STATE FULLERTON 5, OREGON STATE 3: At Corvallis, Oregon State overcame a two-run deficit late but dropped a decision to Cal State Fullerton.

Adley Rutschman hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning, then watched as Andy Armstrong drove home the tying run on a double to left in the seventh.

The tie, however, did not last long as Cal State Fullerton's Sahid Valenzuela and Ruban Cardenas each drove in solo runs in the ninth to send the Beavers to their first loss this season. Oregon State dropped to 13-1 while Cal State Fullerton improved to 4-8.

Armstrong and Trevor Larnach each tallied two hits to pace the Beavers offensively. Larnach drove home a run via a double in the third, then doubled again in the eighth but was stranded in scoring position.

The loss snapped Oregon State's 22-game home winning streak, which, entering the day, was the longest in the nation. The Beavers also came into the ballgame as one of just four teams nationally without a loss.

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