CORVALLIS — Danny Hayes hit his first home run of the season and drove in four as the fourth-ranked Oregon State baseball team opened its series with Texas State with a 16-4 win Friday night at Goss Stadium.
Tyler Smith added three RBIs on the strength of three hits as the Beavers won their 13th consecutive game to open the season. It is Oregon State's longest winning streak since the 1986 club won 15 straight midway through the season.
Hayes hit a three-run home run in the first and added a run-scoring single in the fourth during the Beavers' six-run inning. The two-hit effort was his fifth multi-hit game of the season and he now has two games with two or more RBIs.
Smith, meanwhile, singled three times, and collected three RBIs while scoring three runs.
All told, the Beavers finished with 16 hits. Dylan Davis, Michael Conforto, Ryan Barnes and Kavin Keyes all had two hits. Keyes drove in three while Davis and Barnes collected two RBIs.
Oregon State batted around twice on the night, scoring six runs in the fourth and five in the seventh.
Matt Boyd started and picked up his third win of the season after allowing six hits and two runs in 52/3 innings of work. The lefty walked one and struck out five in his fourth start of the season.
Kyle Finnegan took the loss for Texas State (5-8) after allowing 10 hits and nine runs in five innings of work. He dropped to 1-1 on the year.
Oregon State and Texas State play the second game of the series today.
NO. 2 VANDERBILT 4, NO. 15 OREGON 1 — At Eugene, Ryon Healy hit a solo home run, but that was all the offense No. 15 Oregon could muster in a loss to No. 2 Vanderbilt at PK Park.
Both teams threatened in the first but couldn't score. Vanderbilt put runners on first and second with one out, but Jake Reed struck out the four and five hitters, Connor Harrell and Mike Yastrzemski, to get out of the inning.
Aaron Payne gave Oregon (10-4) a one-out double down the right field line in the bottom of the first before stealing third. Payne couldn't score, making an out in a rundown on a ground ball back to Commodore pitcher Kevin Ziomek by Healy.
Healy advanced to second on the rundown and a walk by Brett Thomas gave the Ducks runners at first and second with two outs, but Nick Catalano struck out to end the inning.
Reed got in trouble again in the second inning but couldn't get out of it unharmed. After a base hit and a hit batter, Tony Kemp tripled to left center to drive in two and give the Commodores (14-1) the lead. Jack Lupo made it 3-0 with an RBI single, scoring Kemp.
Healy cut the lead to two by launching a fourth inning leadoff home run, his second of the season, over the left field wall.
Reed, who took the loss and fell to 1-3, settled in after the three-run second, retiring 13 straight hitters before a leadoff single in the seventh by Vanderbilt. He left the game after seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven.
Vanderbilt added an unearned run in the top of the ninth off reliever Darrell Hunter to make it 4-1.
The Ducks will host the Commodores in Game 2 of the three-game series today.
NCAA INDOORS — At Fayetteville, Ark., the Oregon women got eight points from Jordan Hasay and Alexi Pappas in the 5,000 meters and were perfect in qualifying rounds at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The women also got a point from the eighth-place distance medley relay team, but were hoping for a bit more in the event.
Meanwhile, the men saw a record-setting run from Mike Berry in the 400 meters and also advanced runners in the 800 meters and the 60 meter hurdles.
The women stood 11th with nine points. Kansas led with 20. Arkansas scored 30 Day 1 points and was threatening to run away with the men's race.
In the women's scoring events on Friday, Hasay set a school record in finishing fourth in the 5,000 meters in 15:40.30. The senior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., lowered Alex Kosinski's previous mark of 15:44.60 by more than four seconds in scoring five points toward the team race. Senior Alexi Pappas was sixth in that race in 15:47.13 — the third best time in school history — for another three points.
The Ducks distance medley relay of Annie Leblanc, Chizoba Okodogbe, Becca Friday and Anne Kesselring also ran a season best 11:02.15.