Oregon State sophomore Conforto lands Pac-12 honor

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Oregon State sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto was named the Pac-12 Conference player of the week on Tuesday.

Conforto slammed four home runs and drove in 12 in the Beavers' four-game sweep of Bryant at Goss Stadium. He came into the series with no home runs and four RBIs but went 7-for-12 with two walks, all 12 RBIs and the four homers over the last three games of the series.

Conforto has a Pac-12 leading .711 slugging percentage, and his 16 RBIs are good for second. He's batting .356, which is second on the club to Dylan Davis' .395.

The honor is the first of Conforto's career and the second weekly award for the Beavers this season after Matt Boyd was named the Pac-12 pitcher of the week last week.

The Beavers host Texas State Friday.


AGNEW TRANSFERS — Oregon State running back Malcolm Agnew will transfer to Southern Illinois, the Salukis athletic department announced.

Agnew was the third-string ball carrier last season for the Beavers and began his career as the starter his true freshman season in 2011.

He fell down the depth chart due to recurring hamstring injuries and fumble issues. He had 63 carries for 283 yards last season.

Agnew played two seasons for the Beavers and ran for 692 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 4.6 yards a carry.

His first game was against Sacramento State when he ran for 223 yards and three TDs, but he was was hurt most of the rest of the season.

Agnew has three years to play two seasons for the Salukis but will be eligible to play this fall since Southern Illinois is a Football Championship Subdivision school.

He joins is brother, Ray, who is the team's fullback. Agnew grew up in St. Louis.

The Beavers return starting running back Storm Woods and primary backup Terron Ward. Chris Brown, who redshirted as a freshman last season, is also on the roster.


STAMBAUGH TRIFECTA — For the third consecutive week, Oregon State senior Makayla Stambaugh was selected Pac-12 gymnast of the week.

Stambaugh led then-No. 9 Oregon State to its 10th highest score in school history, 197.175, in a second-place finish at Stanford. It marked the first time in more than a year the Beavers have reached the 197-point threshold.

Stambaugh scored a meet-high 39.525 in the all-around. She performed near-flawless routines on uneven bars and floor exercise, registering scores of 9.950 on each event.

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