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PAC-12 Baseball Roundup

A look at all the baseball games in the conference this week.

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Arizona (8-0)- 4-0 (W 9-3, W 8-3, W 12-3, W 12-5) vs. McNeese State

In game one, McNeese jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning, but could only must one more run the rest of the game. Wildcat starting pitcher JC Cloney gave up 3 runs (none earned) in 7.1 innings to pick up the win. In game two, the Cowboys again jumped out to an early lead. Arizona roared back, scoring 4 in the seventh and 3 in the eighth to put the game away. Nick Quintana went 2-4 and drove in two runs for the Wildcats. In the third game, outfielder Jared Oliva used a double in a triple to drive in two runs and power the Arizona offense. In the final game of the weekend, McNeese led 4-1 after two innings. The Wildcats scored 4 in the third and 7 in the seventh to put the game away. Jared Oliva went 3-5, including a 3 run homer to power the offense again. Arizona heads to Frisco, Texas this weekend for a three game set against Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska.

Arizona State (4-3)- 1-3 (L 14-8, W 13-9, L 8-4, L 5-2) vs. Oklahoma St. & at #1 TCU

In the midweek contest against OSU, the Sun Devils couldn’t get their offense going. OSU led 3-0 after 5 innings, and scored the last 4 times they came up to the plate for an 18-4 victory. Cameron Dobbs went 4-5 and drove in 4 runs for the Cowboys. On Friday, ASU upset the #1 team in the country; scoring the last 5 times they came to the plate to stun the Horned Frogs 13-9. Andrew Snow, Aldrete Carter, and Lyle Lin drove in 7 runs for the Sun Devils. In the second game, TCU scored three times in the first inning, and never looked back, with 1B Luken Baker hitting a 3 run homer to power the offense. In the third game, ASU led 2-1 heading into the seventh, but couldn’t hold the lead. TCU scored 3 in the seventh and 1 in the eighth to put the game away. Arizona State hosts New Mexico State on Tuesday, and Loyola Marymount in a three game series this weekend.

Cal- (2-5)- 0-4 (L 4-2, L 5-1, L 3-2, L 11-2) at #11 Texas Tech

In the first game, Cal out hit Tech 10-5, but could only muster 2 runs. A costly error in a 1-1 game allowed the Red Raiders to take the lead for good in the eighth inning. Game two saw Red Raiders starting pitcher Steven Gingery strike out 7 Golden Bears in 7 innings, only allowing a run. In the third game, the score was tied 2-2 in the eleventh inning until Tech catcher Michael Berglund singled home the pinch runner Grant Little to end the game in walk off fashion. The fourth and final game was tied 2-2 going into the fifth inning, until the Red Raiders offense came alive. Tech scored 4 in the fifth, and 4 in the eighth to blow the game open. First baseman Hunter Hargrove went 3-5, including a grand slam and a triple. He finished with 6 RBI’s on the game. Cal hosts Gonzaga for a four game series in Berkeley beginning on Sunday.

Oregon- (4-3)- 2-1 (W 11-5, W 1-0, L 7-2) vs. UC Irvine, Seton Hall, and San Diego

In the first game, the Ducks led 6-5 after six complete innings, but used a 4 run seventh to blow the game open. Third baseman Spencer Steer went 2-4 and drove in 4 runs in the victory. In the second game, Oregon starter Matt Mercer went 7 innings, struck out 7, and only gave up 3 hits to earn the win. The third game saw a 2-2 tie into the seventh inning. From there, San Diego used a 2 run seventh and a 3 run eighth to put the game out of reach. Toreros catcher Riley Adams hit a two run homer that proved to be the difference. Oregon hosts Mississippi State in a three game series in Eugene beginning on Friday night.

Oregon State- (7-1)- 3-1 (W 10-1, L 6-1, W 5-2, W 5-1) vs. Nebraska & Ohio State

In the first game, OSU jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings, and never looked back. First baseman KJ Harrison went 3-4 and drove in three runs, and starting pitcher Luke Heimlich threw 7 innings and gave up only one run. Game two saw Ohio State starter Yianni Pavlopoulos stymie the Beavers, throwing 6 innings and only giving up 3 hits. Oregon State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings in the third game, and never looked back, cruising to a 5-2 victory. KJ Harrison again powered the offense, going 2-4 and driving in 2 runs. The Beavers used a 3 run fourth inning to take the lead in the fourth game. That was plenty for starting pitcher Jake Thompson, who threw 8 innings and only gave up 2 hits and one run in the victory. Oregon State takes on UC Davis in Corvallis for a three game series beginning on Friday night.

Stanford- (5-2)- 4-0 (W 5-2, W 6-0, W 5-0, W 4-2) vs. Cal Poly & Kansas

Stanford starting pitcher Kris Bubic was magnificent in the first game, throwing 6.2 innings, giving up 2 runs, and striking out 11 Cal Poly batters. Left fielder Brodey Quinn hit a three run homer to lead the Cardinal offense. In the second game, Stanford used a 5 run fifth inning to put the game away. Cardinal starting pitcher Andrew Summerville threw 6 innings of no hit ball to pick up the win. The third game saw Stanford throw their second consecutive shutout, with starter Erik Miller throwing 7 innings, giving up no runs and only 3 hits. Third baseman Mikey Kiekroeger went 4-4 and drove in 3 runs. In the final game against the Jayhawks, Stanford scored 3 in the second, then held on for a 4-2 victory. Right fielder Brandon Wulff went 2-3 and drove in 3 runs. The Cardinal host UC Davis on Tuesday, then the Texas Longhorns for a four game series starting Thursday night.

UCLA- (4-2)- 2-2 (L 3-2, L 2-1, W 6-1, W 5-4) vs. UC Irvine & Gonzaga

On Tuesday, UCLA led UC Irvine 2-0 headed into the eighth inning, but UC Irvine used a 3 run eighth inning to beat the Bruins. Center fielder Mark Contreras hit the go ahead two run homer. On Friday night, UCLA led Gonzaga 1-0 headed into the 9th, but the Bulldogs pushed one across in the ninth and the tenth to beat UCLA. On Saturday, UCLA hit three homers to take the lead, one they never relinquished. First baseman Sean Bouchard hit two homers, and drove in 4 runs for the Bruins. In the third game, Gonzaga jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but UCLA used a 4 run second to take the lead, and they held on from there. DH Jake Pries went 3-4 to lead the Bruins. UCLA heads to Los Angeles to face Michigan, San Diego, and USC in the Dodgertown Classic starting on Friday.

USC- (5-2)- (L 15-5, W 15-9, L 18-5) at Wake Forest

Wake Forest took an 8-0 lead after the first two innings, and never looked back. Demon Decons first baseman Gavin Sheets hit three home runs, and drove in 9 runs. In the second game, Trojans third baseman Adalberto Carrillo hit a grand slam to power USC to a 15-9 victory. In the third game, Wake Forest scored the first three times they came to the plate, including an 11 run third inning to blow the game open. Right fielder Corey Dempster drove in two runs for the Trojans in the losing effort. USC faces off against San Diego, Michigan, and UCLA at the Dodgertown Classic in Los Angeles beginning on Friday.

Utah- (5-2)- 3-1 (W 12-0, W 7-5, W 6-4, L 4-3) vs. Ohio State & Nebraska

In the first game of the weekend, Utah used a 5 run second inning to take the lead against Ohio State, and cruised to a 12-0 victory. Utah used had 4 pitchers combine for the shutout, and second baseman Oliver Dunn drove in 4 runs for the Utes. In game two, Utah and Nebraska were tied 3-3 headed into the seventh inning, but Utah scored its last three plate appearances to hold on. First baseman Hunter Simmons went 4-4 and drove in 3 runs in the victory. The third game Utah cruised to a 6-1 lead after the top of the seventh then held on 6-4. Starting pitcher Riley Otteson got the win, going 6 innings and giving up no earned runs. In the final game of the weekend, Nebraska led 4-3 after the fourth inning, and the Utes were held scoreless the rest of the game. Utah DH Wade Gulden went 2-4 in the losing effort. Utah travels to San Antonio to take on UTSA in a 4 game series beginning on Friday.

Washington- (4-3)- 2-2 (L 6-5, W 11-1, W 11-5, L 6-5) at Saint Mary’s

In game one, Washington jumped out to 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning. From there, St. Mary’s scored tied the game 4-4 after the fifth. Gaels catcher Jackson Thoreson blasted a two run homer in the sixth inning that proved to be the difference in the game. In the second game, the Huskies jumped out to an 11-0 lead after four innings, and cruised the rest of the way. Right fielder MJ Hubbs went 3-4 and drove in 4 runs for the Huskies. In game three, Washington scored 4 runs in the second and 5 in the third to blow the game open. Starting pitcher Joe DeMers threw 7 innings and only gave up 2 runs to get the win. Game four saw a UW rally come up just short. Trailing 5-0 headed into the seventh inning, the Huskies scored 3 in the seventh and 2 in the eighth. An error in the bottom half of the seventh proved to be the difference. Right fielder K.J. Brady drove in 2 runs for the Huskies. Washington hosts Sacramento State for a four game series starting on Thursday.

Washington State- (3-3)- 2-1 (W 6-3, L 18-5, W 7-4) at Loyola Marymount

In game one, Loyola Marymount took a 2-0 lead after two innings. From there, Washington State scored 1 in the third, 1 in the fourth, and 3 in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead they would never relinquish. Closer Scotty Sunitsch picked up his second save of the year, going 1.2 innings and striking out 3 to close the door. Game two saw Loyola Marymount’s offense explode for 18 runs. They scored every inning except the first and the eighth to beat the Cougs 18-5. Lions center fielder Billy Wilson went 3-3 and drove in 4 runs. Loyola and WSU were tied at 4-4 headed into the ninth inning of the final game of the weekend, but the Cougars pushed across 3 runs to capture the series win 7-4. Second baseman Ryan Ramsower went 2-4 and drove in 2 for WSU. The Cougars host Stephen F. Austin in Pullman for a 4 game series starting Friday.