PULLMAN, Wash. — Michael Gretler tied a career-high with three hits and Kyle Nobach homered for the second consecutive game to send No. 3 Oregon State to a 9-1 win over Washington State Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Gretler was matched by Adley Rutschman, who finished the day 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, bringing his season total to 48, which is tied with Trevor Larnach for the team lead. Gretler, meanwhile, doubled twice, singled once and walked twice to help pace the Oregon State (35-7 overall, 14-6 Pac-12 Conference) offense, which finished with 17 hits.
Every Oregon State starter recorded at least one hit, with Steven Kwan, Nick Madrigal, Preston Jones and Troy Claunch all recording two. Madrigal also had two RBIs.
Up 2-1, the Beavers pushed ahead to a 6-1 advantage with a four-run fourth inning. Nobach highlighted the inning with a home run to left, a two-run shot that marked his third of the year. It was also his second in as many games.
Bryce Fehmel made his 12th start of the season and held Washington State (14-25, 6-14) to six hits and a run in 5 1/3 innings. The righty struck out two and picked up the win to improve to 6-1 on the year.
Brandon Eisert closed the game out for his fourth save of the season. He retired 11 of the 12 batters he faced in 3 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out three in the process.
Washington State’s starter, Scotty Sunitsch, took the loss after allowing 12 hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings. He dropped to 5-2 this season.
UC IRVINE 10, OREGON 9, 11 inn.: At Irvine, Calif., Spencer Steer hit a two-run go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning, but UC Irvine rallied for a 10-9 non-conference win in 11 innings on Saturday at Cicerone Field.
Steer crushed the homer over the left-field wall one pitch after what appeared to be a run-scoring double was called foul by third base umpire Chuck Lyon. The homer gave Oregon a 10-9 lead but UCI rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.
In the 11th, Jesse Hobaica (0-1) walked leadoff batter Mikey Filia, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third against Ashland High alum Peyton Fuller. With one out, Christian Koss delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly, scoring Filia.
Oregon (21-23) jumped out to a 6-0 lead with two runs in the first and four runs in the second. Steer put the Ducks on the board first for the second straight day. After homering in the third inning in game one of the series on Friday, Steer doubled in the first to score Jakob Goldfarb and Kyle Kasser.
OREGON 5, UTAH 2: At Eugene, the No. 2-ranked Oregon softball team scored all five of its runs with two-outs and rallied back to beat Utah on Saturday to clinch the series at The Jane. With the win, Oregon remains tied for first with No. 1 ranked UCLA, who defeated Cal, 2-1, earlier on Saturday. The Ducks (43-7, 17-3 Pac-12) go for the sweep of Utah today.
The Ducks were held hitless until the fifth inning, when they faced a 2-0 deficit after the Utes took the lead on a two-run double in the top of the inning.
Mary Iakopo started the home half of the fifth with a single, but was out on a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat. Lauren Lindvall followed with a single to put runners at first and second with one out. Haley Cruse came up and singled, but a play at the plate kept the Ducks from scoring as Mia Camuso was tagged out.
Still, the Ducks had runners at second and third after the play with two outs and Jenna Lilley coming to bat. The senior delivered, ripping a two-run single to right to tie the game. Later in the inning, after a Utah error allowed for the Ducks to load the bases, Gwen Svekis blooped a single to center and Oregon took a 4-2 lead.