Beavers suffer first setback of season

CORVALLIS — Dylan Davis hit his first home run of the season but that was all the offense the third-ranked Oregon State baseball team could muster in a 5-1 loss to San Francisco Tuesday at Goss Stadium.

Davis hit the second pitch he saw in the sixth inning for a solo shot, but it was just one of four hits for the Beavers against three San Francisco pitchers.

The loss snapped the Beavers' win streak at 15, which was the team's longest since the 1986 club won 16 straight. Oregon State dropped to 15-1 while USF improved to 7-8.

The Dons took a 2-0 lead in the first when Zachary Turner singled and Bradley Zimmer reached on a fielder's choice, then moved it to a 3-0 advantage in the third when Brendan Hendriks grounded out to second.

Davis' home run in the sixth pulled the Beavers to within one, but Hendriks singled with two out in the seventh to push the Dons' lead to 5-1.

Dan Child started for the Beavers and suffered the loss to fall to 3-1. The right-hander allowed five hits and three runs in two innings of work.

OREGON 4, TEXAS STATE 3 — At Eugene, Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run to lead No. 16 Oregon at PK Park.

Texas State (5-11) took the lead with a run in the top of the second, but Oregon rallied with two runs in the third.

The Ducks' Connor Hofmann doubled off center fielder Morgan Mickan's glove and scored on an RBI single by J.J. Altobelli. Scott Heineman followed with a double to left-center scoring Altobelli for a 2-1 lead.

The Bobcats tied it in the fifth and took a one-run lead in the sixth.

The Ducks regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Healy tied it with a solo home run to left, his third of the season. Ryan Hambright's two-out single scored Tyler Baumgartner, who had doubled.

The Ducks' bullpen finished with three scoreless innings. Garrett Cleavinger allowed one hit and a walk in 11/3 innings, before Christian Jones got the last out of the eighth with runners on the corners.

Jimmie Sherfy earned his fifth save, allowing only an infield hit in the ninth while striking out three.

SMITH TOP PLAYER — Oregon State senior shortstop Tyler Smith was named the Pac-12 Conference player of the week.

Smith hit .467 (7-for-15) during a three-game sweep of Texas State, collecting at least two hits in all three games, while driving in six runs.

His highlight of the weekend came in the sixth inning Sunday when he bashed a three-run home run over the left field fence at Goss Stadium to snap a 3-3 tie and send the Beavers to a 6-4 win over the Bobcats.

The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native also drove in three during the Beavers series-opening win Friday night.


Academics

NAIA ATHLETES — At Kansas City, three Southern Oregon athletes from the winter sports teams have been named 2012-13 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athletes.

One student from each sport earned the honor for the Raiders this year. Junior point guard Jeff Bush represented the men's basketball team, senior guard Molly Doran represented the women's basketball team and senior Woong Kim represented the wrestling program.

Student-athletes are nominated by their institution's head coach and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order to qualify for the honor.


Gymnastics

STAMBAUGH HONORED — Oregon State senior Makayla Stambaugh became the first to be named Pac-12 gymnast of the week four straight weeks.

Stambaugh led No. 10 Oregon State to a season-high score of 197.275 en route to winning the Comfort Suites Invitational. Stambaugh earned three individual titles for the fifth week in a row. She claimed the all-around with a career-high score of 39.600. The senior had 9.925 scores on bars and floor to grab event titles. She also score a personal-best 9.925 on vault, placing second. She tied her season high of 9.825 on beam.

The all-around score ties for the ninth highest in OSU history.


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