FRIDAY COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP/Oregon pulls out 5-4 victory in series opener at home with UC Davis/Pilots fall to UC Irvine despite strong start by freshman Morse


Cal State Fullerton 5, OREGON STATE 3

• In a rematch of a 2017 NCAA College World Series matchup, the visiting Titans knocked OSU from the unbeaten ranks with two runs in the top of the ninth inning at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.

The game was tied 3-3 after Oregon State got single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Cal State Fullerton pulled ahead in the ninth on two hits, one OSU error, a walk and a wild pitch for two unearned runs. Brandon Eisert (2-1) took the loss.

OSU won that CWS game a year ago, 6-5. Cal State Fullerton (39-24 in 2017) has been picked to win the Big West Conference in 2018.

The No. 2-ranked Beavers are 13-1 this year, including 5-1 at home. They had won 22 in a row at Goss.

The Titans, who got a key, two-out RBI single in the ninth from former Portland Pickles infielder Sahid Valenzuela, are 4-8.

Oregon State left-hander Luke Heimlich worked six innings, striking out nine and giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks.

Oregon State had three errors total.

Adley Rutschman's home run was the biggest blow of eight Beaver hits.

Andy Armstrong and Trevor Larnach each had two hits for OSU. Armstrong drove in the tying run in the seventh with a double.

The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday and concludes at noon Sunday. OSU's scheduled starters are right-handers Sam Tweedt (0-0, 8.00) and Bryce Fehmel (3-0, 2.42)

OSU then opens its Pac-12 schedule on Friday, March 16 at California.

OREGON 5, UC Davis 4

• The series opener at PK Park went to Oregon (9-3), which snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning, scored by Gabe Matthews, who got aboard via the pitcher's error.

The Aggies (3-9) had 12 hits to UO's 11.

The third and final Oregon pitcher, Parker Kelly, improved to 4-0. He gave up one hit and no runs, with seven strikeouts, in three innings.

Leadoff batter Kyle Kasser was 3 for 4 for the Ducks. Jakob Goldfarb was 2 for 4 with a triple.

Other series games are 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

6 p.m.

UC Irvine 3, PORTLAND 0

• Visiting UC Irvine overcame a solid performance on the mound by freshman Eli Morse at Joe Etzel Field.

Morse, from Cleveland High, gave up one run (in the first inning) on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none.

UC Irvine added two runs in the ninth

The Pilots, who had five hits to their opponents' seven, fell to 4-9, while the Anteaters climbed to 8-4.

Beau Brundage had two hits for UP.

The teams will meet Saturday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader and wrap up their series with a game at noon Sunday.

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