After being shutout in consecutive days (the first two of the season), Oregon's offense opened up in the fifth, putting up four runs, three off of the bat of right fielder Scott Heineman's bases clearing triple.
"We were waiting for that big hit," Heineman said.
It was the third time during the series that the reigning Pac-12 player of the week had stepped to the plate with runners in scoring position (he came up short on the previous at-bats) and also his first hit of the series.
"I'll tell you what, we all know that Ryon Healy's the guy you want in the batter's box with runners on base, but Scott Heineman's a close second," said Oregon head coach George Horton.
Heineman felt partially responsible, as he misplayed a ball in right field in the top of the fifth that allowed UCLA's Brenton Allen and Kevin Williams to advance an extra base. Both runners would score in the inning, to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
"I feel like I owed Jake today, he dominated and I made an error in right field that hurt us a little. So that one was for Jake," he said.
Heineman's response in the fifth was the second time the Ducks had scored following a Bruin run earlier in the inning. Both sides scored in the third, UCLA off an Allen double and Oregon on a Payne single.
"I commend my guys for after that two went up in the fifth, it was a little devastating, a little shock and awe and doubt, but they answered back twice today and found a way to get it done.
"The shoulders went down," said Horton of his team's body language following Heineman's crucial triple. "It's human nature that they've take upon themselves individually to spark the team. Then they get that monkey on their back that turns into a gorilla, to swing a bit harder or pitch a little more careful."
After being demoted from Friday night starter to Sunday starter, Jake Reed responded with his fifth win of the season, allowing three runs in six innings of work.
"It's a cruel game," he said. The way that Tommy [Thorpe] and Cole [Irvin] pitched on Friday and Saturday, for me to get the win…I feel bad for those guys."
The win keeps Oregon on pace with Oregon State atop the conference.
The Ducks take the field again on Tuesday against the Portland Pilots in Portland.