Beavers even up series

Oregon State jumps out to big lead early, finishes with 21 hits against Kansas State
Oregon State players celebrate a score by Dylan Davis against Kansas State during the first inning of Sunday's super regional game in Corvallis.AP

CORVALLIS — Kavin Keyes and Tyler Smith both went 4-for-5 and Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to send the Oregon State baseball team to a 12-4 win over Kansas State Sunday at Goss Stadium.

The win by the Beavers forces a Game 3 today in the Corvallis Super Regional. That game has been pushed 4 p.m. to a 7:05 p.m. start time.


RECAP: Oregon State uses a five-run first inning to help even its series at 1-1 with Kansas State.

UP NEXT: Tonight, 7:05, at Goss Stadium, Corvallis.

Andrew Moore, who tied the Oregon State (49-11 overall) single-season record with his 14th win Sunday, was given a five-run lead before even throwing a pitch. He ended the game by throwing 124 pitches over eight innings, allowing four runs and six hits. He struck out a career-best nine.

Keyes and Smith, meanwhile, both tied a career-best with four hits to help pace the Beavers, who finished the game with 21. Six of the other nine Oregon State starters had two in the win.

Oregon State jumped out early, pounding five runs in the first, all with two outs. Conforto and Davis hit back-to-back home runs and Jake Rodriguez capped off the inning with a two-run single.

Oregon State extended its lead to 7-0 in the second when Davis drove in two on a single up the middle.

After a Jared King home run put Kansas State (45-18) on the board in the second, OSU answered with two more in the third. Ashland High product Max Gordon drove in the first run of the inning on a squeeze and Smith made it 9-1 on a double to left.

Smith and Davis both had three RBI to lead the Beavers. Keyes scored four runs to lead the Beavers in that category.

The Beavers did their early damage against Kansas State starter Blake McFadden, who got only two outs in the first and exited after allowing four hits and four runs. He took the loss and is now 6-3 on the year.

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