CORVALLIS — Matt Boyd struck out a career-best 12 while scattering three hits and one run to help send the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 6-1 series-opening win over California Friday night in front of 3,180 fans at Goss Stadium.
Ryan Barnes drove in the game-winning run with a three-run double in the third and Michael Conforto plated two more with a single in the fourth to provide the Beavers' offense. Oregon State won its fifth consecutive game over the Golden Bears (21-24 overall, 9-13 Pac-12 Conference) and improved to 35-8 on the year and 15-4 in Pac-12 Conference play.
The 3,180 in attendance — the third-largest crowd at Goss Stadium since the 1999 renovation and expansion — saw Boyd surpass his previous career-high of 11 strikeouts, which came earlier this season against both Arizona State and last week against USC.
Boyd picked up his ninth win of the season after throwing 108 pitches in 81/3 innings. He allowed a single to Andrew Knapp in the first, a home run to Devon Rodriguez in the seventh and a single to Rodriguez in the ninth.
The lefty finished with his 10th quality start in 12 appearances this season and he has posted one in all seven Pac-12 games. He is a perfect 5-0 at Goss Stadium this season and 10-1 lifetime.
The win was also the 20th of Boyd's career.
Oregon State and California continue the series today at 2:05 p.m.
OREGON 5, WASHINGTON STATE 3 — At Pullman, Wash., No. 11 Oregon scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a tie and went on to beat Washington State.
Ryon Healy broke the tie when he hit a hard shot that shortstop Ian Sagdal couldn't handle, allowing Brett Thomas to score from second. After Mitchell Tolman walked to load the bases, Aaron Payne scored on a fielder's choice RBI by Scott Heineman.
Garrett Cleavinger (5-0) picked up the win, striking out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning. Jimmie Sherfy got his 15th save of the season.