Oregon Baseball outlasts No. 14 UC Santa Barbara 2-1

Oregon baseball is one win away from a super regional.

The Ducks upset UC Santa Barbara 2-1 on Saturday evening. UO improves to 39-18 and remains flawless in the Santa Barbara Regional, while UCSB falls 43-13 and heads to an elimination game on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams threatened for six innings, but neither could score a run.

The Gauchos were less than three feet from the plate in the sixth inning when Jessada Brown tried to steal home plate. Grayson Grinsell was alert and stepped off the rubber before firing a strike to Chase Meggers to get the out and end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Justin Cassella hit a leadoff single. He promptly stole second and scored on a single by Carter Garate.

Then, in the eighth inning, Jack Brooks doubled before advancing to third base on a wild pitch. Drew Smith hit a chopper just over the mound, forcing Gaucho shortstop to throw to first as Brooks strode across the plate.

But UCSB did not go away quietly. After Ryan Featherston hit the leadoff hitter. A double-put runners on second and third with no outs. After a strikeout, Featherston loaded the bases on a walk.

After getting the second out with a strikeout, Feathertson hit another batter to bring in a Gaucho run. The next pitch set up a slow roller to Garate at third base, who simply stepped on the bag to end the game.

Grinsell was credited for the win, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out nine. His 114 pitches are a career high.

Ryan Featherston earned a save that night, pitching the final 2.0 innings and striking out three.

The Ducks collected eight basehits, led by a 3-for-4 effort by Meggers. Garate also put together a multi-hit effort.

UCSB will take on San Diego on Sunday at noon PDT. The Toreros knocked off Fresno State 7-5 earlier Saturday. Oregon will await the winner of that game at 6:00 PM CDT. If the Ducks win, they’ll advance to their second straight super region, while a loss Monday would set up a winner-take-all game.

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