No. 6 Beavers strike late to down Portland

CORVALLIS — Jerad Casper, Danny Hayes and Jake Rodriguez all drove in two runs as the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team extended its win streak over Portland to 16 games with a 7-5 win over the Pilots Tuesday night at Goss Stadium.

The Beavers, down 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, pushed across two runs in sixth inning and four more in the seventh. Nine of the club's 16 wins during the streak have come at Goss Stadium.

"We started slow but picked it up and it's good to get back into the 'W' category," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Offensively, we did what we needed to do, especially toward the end of the game."

Rodriguez capped off Oregon State's offensive night with a two-run home run during the four-run seventh. It came two batters after Hayes roped a double to left, enabling Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis to score.

It was Casper who helped the Beavers (23-4 overall) early on. The junior put the Beavers up 1-0 with a sacrifice fly to center in the second. He tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth with an RBI single to right-center field, then watched as Andy Peterson put Oregon State up for good with a squeeze that resulted in an infield single.

Scott Schultz picked up his sixth save with three innings of relief. He's 12-for-12 in save opportunities in his career.

The Pilots scored three runs in the ninth, all of which were unearned, but Schultz got out of the jam to close out the game.

The win went to reliever Cole Brocker, who picked up his first career victory at Oregon State. The righty allowed four hits and a run while striking out four in 2 2/3 innings.

Rodriguez finished the game with two extra base hits, also doubling in the second. Davis and Hayes also had two hits for the Beavers, who finished with 11.

Dan Child started for the Beavers and did not figure in the decision after going 3 1/3 innings. The righty struck out two, gave up a hit, walked one and allowed one run.

Junior Colin Sowers, a former North Medford player, had a run-scoring single in his only at-bat for Portland (11-17).

DUCK GETS AWARD — At Eugene, Oregon freshman pitcher Cole Irvin has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association national pitcher of the week.

Irvin pitched Oregon's first shutout of the season and only allowed two runners to advance past first base in a 6-0 victory over Washington on Saturday. He allowed four hits, struck out a season-high 11 batters and walked one.

Cole, from Yorba Linda, Calif., found his rhythm early, fanning seven batters through the first four innings.

Irvin is 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA.

Track and Field

RAIDERS HONORED — The Southern Oregon men's track and field team has been named Cascade Collegiate Conference team of the week.

At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday, the Raiders claimed a pair of individual event titles, one meet record, five NAIA national qualifying marks and 12 conference qualifying marks.

Eric Avila and Zach Boyd-Helm led the way as each hit won events and hit NAIA 'A' standard qualifying marks in the process.

Avila won the 5,000 meters in a meet-record 14:03.14 — the second-best time in the NAIA this season. Boyd-Helm's time of 1:51.16 in the 800 is the best in the NAIA so far this season.

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