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FRIDAY COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP/Oregon State pitcher whiffs 14 in win at USC; UCLA clubs Ducks; Pilots win in 10 innings

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Oregon State 4, USC 0

• Luke Heimlich was his dominant self on the mound Friday as No. 2-ranked Oregon State opened a three-game series at Southern Cal.

Oregon State (41-8-1) is 17-7-1 in Pac-12 play, second behind Stanford in the standings with five conference games left. USC (24-24, 11-17).

Heimlich struck out 14 — including nine in a row at one stretch — and scattered four hits in 8 1/3 innings. He did not issue a walk while improving to 13-1.

Heimlich sent down the first 17 hitters he faced, with Kaleb Murphy's single to left with two out in the sixth providing the first USC base runner.

Kyle Nobach had four of Oregon State's 11 hits.

Oregon State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second when Michael Gretler and Nobach hit back-to-back doubles and Nobach later scored on a Steven Kwan bunt.

The Beavers' lead doubled in the seventh. Nobach led off the inning with a single and scored on a one-out Zak Taylor single. Taylor scored the fourth run on a Nick Madrigal double.

Entering with two Trojans aboard in the ninth, Jake Mulholland needed two pitches to get the save, coaxing a double-play ball.

Nobach was 4 for 4, and Kwan and Madrigal finished with two hits apiece.

The second game of the series is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at USC's Dedeaux Field.



UCLA 12, Oregon 4

• At Los Angeles, the 18th-ranked Bruins scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth after the Ducks had tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the inning.

UCLA (33-17, 16-9 Pac-12) needed only five hits to produce those runs as two reached when hit by a pitch and three runs scored on wild pitches.

Oregon (25-25, 11-14) took a lead with two unearned runs in the top of the second.

UCLA scored four runs on five hits in the third inning.

Then Oregon tied the game with two runs on a Gabe Matthews double with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth.

Oregon starter Kenyon Yovan (5-4) took the loss, going five-plus innings and allowing seven runs. He struck out six and walked two.

Spencer Steer (2 for 5) and Taylor Travess (2 for 2) accounted for half of Oregon's hits.

The second game starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Portland 2, PEPPERDINE 1

• Tate Budnick hit a 10th-inning home run to give the Pilots the win in the opener of the West Coast Conference series at Malibu, California.

Ryan Hoogerwerf also homered for Portland (22-28, 11-14 WCC), launching a solo shot in the fourth inning. His fifth home run of the season tied the score at 1-1.

Budnick's homer, his fourth of the season, came with two out in the 10th.

Pepperdine is 28-21, 16-9 WCC.

Portland reliever Connor Knutson pitched three innings for his fourth win of the season. Freshman Eli Morse allowed one run in five innings as the Pilots' starter, working around five walks and six hits.

The second game of the series starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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