Oregon avoids sweep against Arizona State led by stellar pitching

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon used strong pitching and a big second inning to take Game 3 of the three-game series with Arizona State 5-1 on Sunday at PK Park.

The Ducks (15-8, 2-4) jumped out to an early lead, pushing three runs across in the bottom of the second inning. Tim Susnara opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly after two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out.

Matt Eureste followed with a two-RBI triple into the right center field gap to score Jakob Goldfarb and Mark Karaviotis.

Arizona State (15-7, 4-2) got a run back in the top of the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly after a pair of singles. Oregon quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning when Scott Heineman led the inning off with a single and came around to score on a RBI double by Josh Graham. Oregon picked up one more insurance run in the eighth when Brandon Cuddy singled and came around score on an Arizona State error later in the inning.

Aside from fifth inning, Arizona State was unable to find much success against Oregon pitching. Cole Irvin (1-1) allowed just one run in 5.2 innings and Joe Reta, Stephen Nogosek, Josh Graham and Garrett Cleavinger kept the Sun Devils scoreless in the final 3.1 innings. Cleavinger struck out the side in the ninth inning to end the game.

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