EUGENE, Ore. – For the second time in less than a week, Scott Heineman delivered a key two-out three-RBI hit to lead Oregon to a win. The Duck sophomore did it Sunday with a three-run bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning that put No. 10 Oregon on top for good in a 5-3 Pac-12 win over No. 13 UCLA at PK Park.
Heineman’s bases-clearing shot to right-center field came with Oregon trialing 3-2 and scored Brett Thomas, Ryon Healy and Mitchell Tolman. It snapped Heineman out of a series-long slump that saw him go 0-for-9 before the triple.
Heineman capped the week with the three-run triple after opening the week with a three-run home run in the ninth inning at Portland that broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Ducks to a 4-1 win in a non-league game. He finished the week with a team-high six RBI, despite going just 2-for-15 at the plate.
Oregon (29-10, 13-5 Pac-12) opened its half of the decisive four-run fifth inning trailing 3-1 after UCLA (25-11, 9-6 Pac-12) scored two runs in the top of the inning.
J.J. Altobelli started the rally with a one-out single to left field. Thomas moved Altobelli to second with an infield single and Aaron Payne walked to load the bases. Healy pulled the Ducks to within a run with a fielder’s choice that scored Altobelli.
Oregon and UCLA both started the day with single runs in the third inning. The Bruins took the early lead on a Brenton Allen RBI double. The Ducks answered, snapping a 20-inning scoreless streak, when Payne singled to center scoring Altobelli with two outs in the inning.
Jake Reed (5-3) got the win for Oregon allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. Jimmie Sherfy picked up his 13th save striking out two of the three Bruins he faced in the ninth inning. Grant Watson (5-2) took the loss for UCLA.
Altobelli led the Ducks on offense going 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Thomas was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Heineman went 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Oregon is back in action Tuesday when the Ducks visit Portland for a non-league game at 3 p.m. Oregon is 3-0 against the Pilots this season with two wins in Eugene and one in Portland.