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Ducks rally to top Stanford 8-6 in 10, reach Pac-12 semifinals


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Sabin Ceballos homered to center field in the lead of the 10th inning to spark Oregon’s 8-6 win over top-seeded Stanford on Thursday night, wrapping up pool play in the Pac-12 tournament.

Both teams advance to Friday’s semifinals with Oregon facing Washington and Stanford facing Arizona.

The Ducks (35-20) scored the final six points, including one in the eighth and two in the ninth, to edge the Cardinal (38-15). After Ceballos’ 14th homer, three straight walks with two outs and a wild pitch gave Oregon a run for insurance.

Four different relievers limited Stanford to five hits after the Cardinal took a 6-2 lead after two innings.

Rikuu Nishida drove in two runs for the Ducks with a single in the fifth that made it 6-3 and a sacrifice fly ball in the ninth to make it 6-5.

After Nishida’s sacrifice, steal for the second out, Colby Shade tripled to right field and scored on a throwing error by second baseman Drew Bowser.

Logan Mercado, Oregon’s second pitcher, ate most of the innings for the bullpen, going 4 1/3 innings. Fifth pitcher Josh Mollerus (2-2) picked up the win, allowing two hits and three walks with two wild pitches in 2 2/3 innings. He gave up a first single in the bottom of the 10th and hit a two-out batter, but forced Alberto Rios to fly out to end the game.

Eddie Park had three hits for Stanford, Rios had two doubles, and Carter Graham had a home run and a double, leading by three runs. Brandt Pacer (2-1), the third of five Stanford pitchers, took the loss.


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