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Grinsell has 9 Ks over 7 scoreless innings, Oregon beats UCSB 2-1 in Santa Barbara Regional

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Grayson Grinsell struck out nine batters in seven scoreless innings to help No. 3 seed Oregon beat host UC Santa Barbara 2-1 on Saturday night in the Santa Barbara Regional.

Oregon (39-18) will play the winner on Sunday between No. 2 seed San Diego State and top-seeded UCSB, which play early in the day.

Grinsell (7-2) gave up three hits and four walks for Oregon. Ryan Featherston had a single, a walk and a run while striking out three over two innings of relief, earning his second save of the season.

Justin Cassella singled and then stole second before scoring on a single up the middle by Carter Garate to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Chase Meggers doubled down the line to left to lead off the bottom of the eighth and was replaced by pinch-runner Jack Brooks, who advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Drew Smith grounded out to make it 2-0 to bring.

Aaron Parker was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the ninth for UC Santa Barbara (43-13) and advanced to third base on a double by Nick Oakley. Two chokeouts sandwiched around a Jonathan Mendez walk to load the bases. Brendan Durfee was hit by a pitch, driving in Parker and cutting the deficit to 2-1 before Ivan Bethrowr grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

Tyler Bremner (11-1) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, gave up one run on seven hits and two walks for UCSB, but picked up his first loss of the season.

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