That three-game sweep by the Huskies at PK Park seems so long ago now.
Oregon managed to get revenge on its rival with a 12-7 victory over Washington in the Pac-12 semifinals. The Ducks now play Saturday night in Scottsdale, Ariz for the title against either No. 1 seed Stanford or 9-seed Arizona.
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Sabin Ceballos, who is in contention for the tournament’s Most Valuable Player title, led with six runs batted in, including a two-run homer to right.
Oregon jumped on the Dawgs with three runs in the first and three more in the second inning to take a very early 6-0 lead. But Scottsdale Stadium is college baseball’s version of Coors Field, so a six-run lead is far from secure.
Washington was able to get the bats going in the bottom of the third, as it scored five runs after the first two batters were retired.
But the Ducks never gave up the lead. They scored five runs in the fifth to effectively get back the runs they gave up in the third. Drew Smith’s triple scored Tanner Smith and Seballos’ two-run single ended the rally to give Oregon an 11-5 lead.
Washington cut the lead to 11-7 in the bottom half and that was it. Oregon brought in reliever Greyson Grinsell and he took out the Huskies. In his longest outing of the year, the freshman went 3 2/3 inning, giving up only two hits, striking out six batters and earning his well-deserved second win of the year.
Whether the Ducks win or lose tomorrow night, they can go into the NCAA Tournament with some momentum on their side. This was a team that lost five of their last seven games before winning at least three games in the Pac-12 tournament.