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Ceballos powers Ducks into Pac-12 title game with 12-7 victory over Huskies

By The Associated Press
Published: May 26, 2023, 6:39pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sabin Ceballos drove in six runs with three hits and Oregon cruised to a 12-7 victory over Washington on Friday in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Oregon will play eighth-seeded Arizona in the championship game Saturday. The Wildcats beat No. 1 seed Stanford, ranked No. 5 in the coaches’ poll, 14-4 in seven innings Friday night.

Ceballos had a two-run single in the first inning and a two-run homer in the second to help the sixth-seeded Ducks (36-20) take a 6-0 lead on the way to their fifth straight victory.

Coby Morales hit a three-run homer in a five-run third inning to get the third-seeded Huskies within a run.

Oregon broke the game open with a five-run fifth. Drew Smith tripled in the first run and Ceballos capped it with a two-run single.

Reliever Grayson Grinsell (2-1) earned the win for the Ducks with 3 2/3 shutout innings. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six.

Kiefer Lord (6-5) started and took the loss for Washington (34-19). Lord lasted just two innings, yielding six runs on eight hits.

The Huskies swept their only series against Oregon in the regular season by a combined scored of 43-18 two weeks ago. The Ducks’ pitching staff had a 14.00 ERA and a .368 batting average against over the three-game set in Eugene.