It started to feel like the game that would never end.
Finally -- a good six hours and 23 minutes later -- the UCLA baseball team broke through, finding the will to defeat Oregon State, 3-1, in 16 innings Saturday.
Sophomore catcher Steve Rodriguez smacked a clutch two-run single in the top of the 16th inning to break a 1-1 tie. He was four for eight at the plate.
Head coach John Savage used all but five of his players in a game that began at 2 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA (24-3, 3-2 Pac-10) got on the board with a run in the fifth and was three outs away from the win. But the Beavers (20-7, 3-2) tagged Bruins closer Dan Klein for the tying run -- his first given up this season -- in the ninth. Matt Grace and Garett Claypool combined for six innings of scoreless relief.
Both teams blew their share of opportunities. UCLA left 22 runners on base and No. 17 Oregon State stranded 17.
UCLA starter Trevor Bauer had pitched a gem, tossing 7 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. He struck out eight.
The teams take the field at noon Sunday in the final game of the series.