CORVALLIS — Jake Rodriguez, Danny Hayes and Tyler Smith all homered Sunday, helping the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 6-4 win over California in front of 3,121 fans at Goss Stadium.
Hayes' served as the game-winner as the two-run shot sailed over the stands in right field in the fourth inning. It snapped a 1-1 tie and put the Beavers in the driver's seat for the remainder of the game.
Hayes' home run was sandwiched between Rodriguez's solo shot in the second and Smith's round-tripper in the fifth. The Beavers added two runs in the seventh on a groundout by Andy Peterson and single by Michael Conforto.
The three home runs by the Beavers marked a season-high for the club and boosted the team's total to 14, including seven in league play.
Rodriguez and Conforto each had two hits for Oregon State (37-8, 17-4 Pac-12), which ran its win streak to eight games after taking its seventh consecutive game from the Golden Bears (21-26, 9-15).
Ben Wetzler made the start for the Beavers and gave up 11 hits but also struck out 10 California batters. He gave up two runs — one earned — and did not walk a batter to get the win and improve to 5-1 this season.
Wetzler's start qualified as a quality start — his fifth — and the 15th consecutive by OSU starters against Pac-12 opponents.
Dylan Nelson started for the Golden Bears and worked five innings before being relieved by Logan Scott to open the sixth.
Nelson took the loss after allowing five hits and four runs with one strikeout. He is 1-5 on the year.
Cal scored solo runs in the third and seventh innings before Andrew Knapp doubled off the right field fence to trim OSU's lead to 6-4 with two down in the ninth. Scott Schultz, however, got Devon Rodriguez to ground out to Smith to end the game.
Oregon State makes the short trek to Keizer, to take on Portland in a nonconference game Wednesday at Volcanoes Stadium.
OREGON 4, WASHINGTON STATE 3, 11 INN. — At Pullman, Wash., No. 6 Oregon took advantage of an error in the 11th inning to score the go-ahead run and then held on for a win.
Mitchell Tolman scored from first base on a Scott Heineman single to center field that Austin Pernell booted. Tolman, who started the rally with a two-out hit and moved to third on the hit by Heineman, scored when Pernell let the rolling ball get past him.
Heineman led Oregon by going 3-for-6 at the plate, while Tolman was 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored. J.J. Altobelli reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a RBI and two walks. Brett Thomas was also 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI.
Garrett Cleavinger (6-0) picked up his second win of the series in helping the Ducks sweep Washington State (20-23, 7-14 Pac-12) for the first time in the modern era of Oregon baseball. Darrell Hunter pitched the 11th to get his first career save.
Tolman gave Oregon (37-11, 19-5) a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a RBI double that scored Thomas, but Washington State got the run back on a Collin Slaybaugh RBI triple in the bottom of the first.
Oregon took the lead back with a run in the top of the second. Thomas doubled down the left field line to score Josh Graham and put the Ducks in the lead. Oregon left the bases loaded when Ryon Healy fouled out to the first baseman to end the inning.
Yale Rosen tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff home run off starter Jake Reed, who gave up just two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Oregon got the lead back in the top of the eighth with some help from the Cougars. Steven Packard led off and reached second when shortstop Ian Sagdal dropped a pop fly. Connor Hofmann moved pinch runner Desmond Santos to third with a sacrifice bunt and then Altobelli drove in the run with a ground ball to second.
Washington State forced the game into extra innings with a run in the ninth on Jimmie Sherfy's first blown save of the season. Sagdal delivered a one-out single that scored pinch runner Michael Monda.