Scottsdale, Arizona. – Tommy Pierce pulled off three home runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the third seed UCLA a crushing 25-22 victory over second-seeded Oregon State on Saturday in the Pac-12 Championships.
The 47 combined kicks were the most in a Division I game this season (out of over 8,000 games), and the last time an MLB game included more than 47 combined runs was on August 25, 1922 when the Cubs beat the Phillies 26-23, According to ESPN stats.
The victory for the Bruins, who scored nine runs down the ninth place, to force extra runs, led to a second game between the two teams later in the night nearing the 100-point mark.
The winner will face Stanford in Sunday’s first Pac 12 Championship game.
Despite losing a 21-12 lead, Oregon (43-14) bounced back in the 10th inning, reclaiming the lead in Justin Boyd’s sixth stroke, a one-game record for the Beavers.
But UCLA (38-21) can’t slow down as Michael Correal said, and Ethan Gorson doubled and Kyle Karus deliberately walked to load the bases. Ryan Brown declined to net before firing match winner Pires into the left field wall.
UCLA scored nine runs in four strokes, three runs, a hitter and a foul in the ninth inning. Curialle, Beres and Kenny Oyama led in a pair of runs.
Pires led seven rounds, Aoyama received five hits and five RBIs, and Corial, Gorson and Karus got four hits. Gorson scored five times. UCLA finished with 25 hits and 12 walks. Three hitters were injured on the field and the Bruins left 17 runners at the base. Until day 10, UCLA’s only extra base hits were a treble.
Garrett Forrester led six runs for the Beavers with a pair of Reptiles among his three hits, and Gavin Logan had five hits and five RBIs. Oregon had 28 injuries, nine of which were double, received six walks and left 14 injuries at base. Boyd scored four runs.
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