Oregon bounces back to even series with Washington

SEATTLE — There is no place like home, and back in his home state, freshman Andrew Mendenhall led the No. 22 Oregon baseball team to a 5-2 victory over Washington on Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

The Pac-10 series is now even at 1-1 with the rubber game scheduled for 1 p.m., today.

In just his eighth start of the season, Mendenhall was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and two RBIs — all career highs for the Kennewick, Wash., native. The starting left fielder also had a crucial catch in the fourth inning to preserve what was at the time, a slim one-run lead.

Senior right-hander Justin LaTempa (5-2) did his part on the mound for Oregon (36-19, 11-12 Pac-10), allowing two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in six innings of work, while striking out four.

Sophomore right-hander Madison Boer finished the job LaTempa started. In Boer's three innings of relief, he faced just one batter over the minimum, allowing one hit while retiring the sides in order in the seventh and eighth innings. Boer issued two strikeouts on the way to his first save of the season.

ARIZONA STATE 6, OREGON STATE 5 — At Tempe, Ariz., Oregon State put a runner on second base in the ninth inning but couldn't complete the rally.

Arizona State scored the game-winning run in the eighth on a single through the left side by Raoul Torrez. It came off OSU reliever Kevin Rhoderick and gave the Sun Devils the series victory with a game to play.

Torrez's single was necessitated after the Beavers scored three runs in the top half of the eighth to overcome a 5-2 deficit. Adalberto Santos hit a two-run home run to right, then watched as Andy Quiring tied the game with a pinch hit home run over the left-field fence off ASU reliever Mitchell Lambson.

The loss went to Rhoderick, who allowed three hits and a run in less than an inning of work to fall to 2-2 this season.

OSU put runners at first and second in the ninth after Tyler Smith reached on a fielder's choice and Brent Warren singled up the middle. But Santos flew out to the right-field warning track against ASU closer Jordan Swagerty, giving the Sun Devils the win.

Swagerty picked up his 12th save of the season and the Sun Devils improved to 45-6 overall and 18-5 in Pacific-10 Conference play. Oregon State, meanwhile, dropped to 27-21 overall and 9-14 in league play.

Ashland's Sam Gaviglio made his eighth start of the season and the first of his career against Arizona State and went 52/3 innings before being replaced by Matt Boyd, who came in from the designated hitter spot.

Gaviglio scattered four hits and four runs while striking out two and issuing five walks. He did not figure in the decision after the Beavers tied the game in the eighth.

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