CORVALLIS — A four-run third inning provided all the offense the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team needed Sunday in dispatching Utah, 4-1, at Goss Stadium, giving the Beavers a sweep of the Utes.
The win sent the Beavers to a 28-6 overall record, the program's best record through 34 games. Oregon State also improved to 10-2 in Pac-12 Conference play, matching the 2006 and 2011 clubs for the best league record through 12 games.
Beau Day highlighted Oregon State's four-run third with a two-run double. It gave him his third and fourth runs driven in during the three-game series and sent him to six consecutive hits, a streak that was snapped by a strikeout in the sixth inning.
The Beavers found themselves down 1-0 in the second after a run-scoring single by Wyler Smith. Oregon State, however, tied the game in the third with a single off the bat of Ryan Barnes. Day then drove in the game-winning runs before being driven in by Jerad Casper for the three-run lead.
Day and Barnes both led the Beavers with two hits as OSU managed 10 hits off three Utah pitchers.
Ben Wetzler started and was solid for the Beavers, throwing a season-high 107 pitches, going 61/3 innings. The lefty allowed three hits and a run while striking out eight to improve to 2-1 this season.
Tony Bryant relieved Wetzler in the seventh and worked 11/3 scoreless innings before Scott Schultz earned his eighth save of the season after working a perfect ninth inning.
Tanner Banks got the starting nod for Utah and worked three innings. He allowed seven hits and four runs before being replaced by Joe Pond to start the fourth. Banks took the loss and fell to 1-4 on the year.
OREGON 5, CALIFORNIA 4 — At Berkeley, Calif., Scott Heineman hit his third home run in two days to lead No. 16 Oregon to a win over California at Evans Diamond.
The Ducks (27-8, 12-3 Pac-12) picked up the series sweep with the win, Oregon's first road sweep in Pac-12 play since the program was reinstated.
Heineman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the game and finished the three-game series 6-for-13 (.462) with three home runs, three doubles, six RBIs, four runs scored and a 1.385 slugging percentage.
Brett Thomas and Ryon Healy both went 3-for-5 on Sunday with Healy scoring two runs. Aaron Payne was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Oregon jumped out to a lead in the first inning for the second straight day. After a pair of hits put runners on the corners, Payne scored on a passed ball to put the Ducks on top 1-0. Heineman added a RBI double scoring Healy for a 2-0 lead.
Cal cut the lead to 2-1 on a RBI ground out by Chris Paul that scored Andrew Knapp, but Heineman got the run back in the sixth with his third home run of the series, a solo shot to left field.
Oregon added a pair of runs in the seventh inning to push the lead to 5-1. Tyler Baumgartner drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly scoring Payne. Pinch hitter Ryan Hambright added a RBI single to put the Ducks on top by four.
Knapp pulled Cal within one run in the bottom of the eighth when he hit a three-run home run to left field off reliever Christian Jones.
That was all the closer Cal (16-19, 5-10 Pac-12) would get thanks to Jimmie Sherfy. Oregon's American closer came in to get the final out of the eighth inning and then got three of the four batters he faced in the ninth for his 11th save.
CHICO INVITE — At Chico, Calif., seven event titles and nine national qualifying marks led the Southern Oregon track and field program to one of its most successful trips to Chico as two athletes challenged school records and the men's team finished second overall at the 2013 Chico State Distance Medley and Twilight Invitational.
Danny Parks surpassed a 25-year-old school record in the discus to improve on last week's NAIA 'A' standard qualifier and climb to third in the nation in the event. Parks' throw of 178-8 beat Randy Settell's previous record of 175-6 1/2; from 1998 and earned the junior the event title on Saturday. He also hit Cascade Collegiate Conference marks in the shot put and the hammer.
Amelia Maguin nearly beat the program record in the 400-meter hurdles, instead settling for a more than two-second personal best in the event with a time of 1:01.56. She placed first in the race and now ranks second in the nation and second in the SOU record books behind Jill Carrier's 1995 record of 1:01.33.
The Southern Oregon men's national dominance of the 1500-meter event continued, as Jared Hixon hit the 'A' qualifier with a time of 3:54.03. He joins Eric Avila, Zach Boyd-Helm and Kevin Jorgenson as Raiders who have now qualified in the event, with the latter three ranking among the NAIA's top five.
Sam Hartinger had the best day of his young career on Saturday, finishing third in the triple jump with an NAIA provisional qualifying mark of 47-2 1/2; while also hitting the CCC qualifier with a second-place showing in the high jump.
Hixon added a provisional qualifying time and a first-place performance in the men's 5,000-meter race, finishing in 14:50.69. Sullivan Stevens rounded out the Raiders' national qualifiers on the day with a 'B' time of 14.95 in the 110-meter hurdles, winning the event.
Other event titles on the weekend for the Raiders went to Trevor Lynn in the steeplechase and the men's 4x400-meter relay team. Lynn ran a CCC-qualifying time of 9:35.92, while the men's relay team of Nick Perrino, Chase Bussing, Stevens and Jonz Olander won the race with a time of 3:20.15.
Overall, Southern Oregon finished the meet with 45 CCC marks and a second-place men's team performance, behind only meet host Chico State.