Oregon State gets off to good start at Arizona
Oregon State 6, ARIZONA 2
• The fourth-ranked Beavers got off to a winning start in Tucson, Arizona, behind the four-hit pitching over 6 2/3 innings of Bryce Fehmel (4-1).
And Oregon State scored three runs in the sixth to take the lead for good. Michael Gretler doubled home a run, and then he and Jack Anderson scored on an infield error.
Grenier added an RBI double in the eighth.
OSU improved to 24-4 overall and 7-3 in the Pac-12, while the Wildcats dropped to 17-11, 2-5.
The series continues at 7 p.m. Saturday and concludes with a noon Sunday game.
OREGON 2, Washington State 1
OREGON 4, Washington State 2
• Oregon took both games from the visiting Cougars, its third doubleheader sweep of the season.
The Ducks scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to lead 2-1, a score that held up the rest of the way at PK Park.
Matt Mercer (4-2, 2.30 ERA) worked six innings, allowing two hits, in the series opener.
Spencer Steer and Gabe Matthews each had an RBI for the Ducks.
Ryne Nelson got his third save.
In Game 2, it was Kenyon Yovan, the sophomore from Westview High who has been converted from closer to starter, leading the way. Yovan (3-1) gave up one run in seven innings. He allowed six hits and had eight strikeouts.
Nelson finished for his fourth save.
Oregon improved to 18-11 for the season and 5-6 in the Pac-12.
WSU fell to 8-17, 3-9.
The series finale is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, but could be moved to noon Sunday.
GONZAGA 6, Portland 4
• The Pilots suffered a tough opening loss in Spokane, Washington, where they out-hit the Bulldogs, 13-7.
UP fell to 10-17 overall and 4-6 in the West Coast Conference.
The Zags are 14-14, 4-6 WCC.
Portland, down by two runs, put two runners on base with one out in the ninth inning, but couldn't get them home.
Freshman pitcher Eli Morse (2-4) gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings on six hits.
Beau Brundage and Daniel Lopez each had four hits for the Pilots.
The next game in the series is 6 p.m. Saturday. The finale is noon Sunday.