EUGENE — Oregon sophomore Aaron Payne drove in the game-winning run for the second day in a row as the 10th-ranked Ducks clinched the series with a 3-2 victory over California in front of a record crowd of 3,892 at PK Park on Saturday.
With the game even at 2 entering the bottom of the seventh, senior Brett Hambright led things off with a single into center field. He was sacrificed to second by Connor Hofmann before scoring on Aaron Payne's two-out RBI single into right field.
The Oregon bullpen did the rest of the work as Tommy Thorpe and Jimmie Sherfy combined to shut out Cal on just one hit over the final two innings. Sherfy picked up his 10th save of the year.
The Ducks (29-13, 13-7 Pac-12) took 1-0 lead in the first when Ryon Healy scored on a fielding error in right field. Cal (23-17, 7-10 Pac-12) tied the game in the top of the third with Mitch Delfino's RBI single.
Oregon grabbed a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the third on Brett Thomas' RBI double, which plated Healy.
Cal evened the game at 2 in the top of the fifth.
Thomas was 3-for-4, Healy went 2-for-4 with two runs and Hambright added two hits for the Ducks.
USC 3, OREGON STATE 2 — At Los Angeles, Jace Fry allowed six hits and three runs over 72/3 innings, but Oregon State could not overcome a two-run fifth inning by USC (21-17, 6-10 Pac-12).
Fry struck out six and threw 114 pitches in his eighth start of the season but was saddled with the loss in the one-run decision. He dropped to 4-3 this season.
The Trojans took the lead for good in the fifth inning. With USC down 2-1, James Roberts singled to left center to tie the game, then watched as the next batter, Kevin Roundtree, drove in the game-winning run with a single chopped over Ryan Dunn's head at third.
OSU (28-13, 9-8 Pac-12) opened the game's scoring when Dunn doubled and later scored on a sharp single to center by Jake Rodriguez.
USC tied the game in the fourth on a squeeze by Dante Flores, but the Beavers retook the lead on a sacrifice fly by former Ashland High standout Max Gordon in the fifth.
Rodriguez led the Beavers with two hits.
SOU 8-12, NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 1-4 — At Eugene, Southern Oregon senior Katie Moy tallied four hits to set a new career mark and the Raiders swept Northwest Christian in Cascade Collegiate Conference action.
Southern Oregon concludes the season with a 22-18 overall record and 12-12 record in conference play.
Moy, needing two hits to tie the SOU career mark, homered in the opener to pull within one hit of the record and added three hits in the second game to finish with a record 171 hits.