CORVALLIS — Dylan Davis drove in four runs and Andrew Moore threw his second consecutive shutout as the fourth-ranked Oregon State baseball team clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 Conference crown with a 4-0 win over Washington State on Saturday.
A record crowd of 3,417 fans at Goss Stadium saw the Beavers (44-10 overall, 23-6 Pac-12) clinch their first title since the 2006 season. OSU will be going for an outright title on Sunday, but regardless of the result, the Beavers will receive the conference's automatic bid into the postseason.
Davis finished the game 2-for-4 with all four RBIs while Moore struck out seven and allowed six hits in nine innings for the win.
Davis launched the first pitch he saw from Washington State starter Joe Pistorese in the seventh over the left field fence for a three-run home run. It scored Andy Peterson and Michael Conforto, who had both reached base via two-out singles.
The home run, Davis' third of the year and first since April 21 at Washington, gave the Beavers much needed insurance runs. OSU had a 1-0 lead entering the seventh thanks to Davis' run-scoring single in the first.
Moore improved to 12-1 on the year by tossing the Beavers' 11th shutout of the season. It marked his third shutout of the season and second in as many weeks after OSU downed Oregon 5-0 last weekend.
Moore finished the regular season with a team-leading 1.22 earned run average. He's on a seven-game win streak and has allowed just seven earned runs in his last 601/3 innings, stretching over eight games. That's an ERA of 1.04.
Oregon State finished with 10 hits of Pistorese and reliever Jacob Schroeder. Peterson and Conforto also had two apiece.
OREGON 6, UTAH 2 — At Salt Lake City, Cole Irvin tied the Oregon single-season win record to help No. 8 Oregon stay within a game of league-leading Oregon State at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
The freshman lefty picked up his 11th win while allowing two runs on seven hits in eight innings. The 11 wins match the school record Pac-12 pitcher of the year Alex Keudell set last season while leading Oregon (43-15, 22-7 Pac-12) to within one game of the College World Series.
Track and Field
NCAA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS — At Austin, Texas, Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, the rain came in droves. Saturday it was the Ducks advancing droves to the NCAA Track and Field Championships June 5-8 in Eugene; a flock of 29 — including all four relays — made it out of Austin, including 15 entries on the final day of the West meet.
The Ducks advanced competitors in everything from the 110 hurdles to the 5,000 meters, the hammer and the javelin, and added a trio of football players and a four-sport standout to an impressive roster that will now head home for the national championships.
Oregon was particularly effective in the relays with all four squads advancing to the NCAA Championships.
The Ducks opened the running events with a solid victory in Heat 1 of the women's 4x100 meter relay.
Oregon's football contingent then followed the women by qualifying for the NCAA Championships on time in the men's 4x100 relay.
Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney, B.J. Kelley and De'Anthony Thomas were fourth in their heat in a season best 39.96, but were able to advance to Eugene based on time thanks to a strong anchor leg by Thomas. That was the sixth fastest relay in school history.
The Ducks came back at the end of the night in the mile relay with a pair of scintillating performances.
In the women's race, the Ducks finished second after some heavy lifting by Laura Roesler and Francis. Okodogbe led off and had the Ducks in the middle of the field before handing off to Annie Leblanc. Oregon was near the back of the field at the second exchange, but a determined leg from Roesler boosted the Ducks into third place. Francis continued the charge as she ran down Baylor in the final 10 meters to finish second in 3:32.36.
Then in the men's 4x400, Oregon ran a season best 3:04.16 to finish second and advance. Jack Galpin led off and had the Ducks in the middle of the field. Delaney then pushed Oregon up into second before Kevin Anding improved Oregon's spot to third. Berry anchored in his trademark fashion, coming on strong to take the Ducks up into second.
Perhaps the signature performance of the night came from 17-time all-American Jordan Hasay, who left no doubt about extending her University of Oregon career for one more race. In the second heat of the women's 5,000 meter national semifinal, Hasay blasted away from the field with 600 meters to go and was never challenged the last lap and a half.
NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY ROUND — At Greensboro, N.C., Florida State junior Kayleigh Tyerman — a former Crater High runner — captured second place and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000-meter race during the opening day of the NCAA East Preliminary round.
Tyerman posted the second fastest time in Florida State history. She ran with the lead pack for the entire race and surged into the front with two laps remaining before coming home second in 33:20.74.
The NCAA Championships are set for June 5-8 in Eugene.