Wetzler flirts with no-hitter in Beavers' win

SALT LAKE CITY — Ben Wetzler carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Michael Conforto's solo home run in the fourth highlighted the No. 4 Oregon State baseball team's offensive output in a 6-1 win over Utah on Friday at Smith's Ballpark.

Wetzler record a flyout to start the eighth but Utah's Konnor Armijo was able to slice a sharp single into right on an 0-1 pitch. The next batter, Hunter Simmons, after a Wetzler balk, drove in a run with a double to right center.

Wetzler picked up the victory and improved to 3-0 on the year. The lefty, who allowed one run and two hits while striking out three, has won his last 13 starts dating back to 2013.

Scott Schultz pitched the ninth.

Conforto snuck a line-drive homer just inside the right field foul pole with one out in the top of the fourth. It was his first round-tripper of the season and 25th of his career.

The Beavers (16-3) added to the lead with a five-run sixth inning that saw OSU send nine to the plate. Kavin Keyes singled home two and Kavin Keyes drove home two more against Utah (8-8).

Utah starter Mitch Watrous took the loss after allowing nine hits and six runs in 52/3 innings. He dropped to 1-3 on the year.

Oregon State and Utah continue the three-game series at noon today.

USC 3, OREGON 2 — At Eugene, No. 12 Oregon mounted a late rally in both the eighth and ninth innings but left the tying run in scoring position both times in the Pac-12 Conference opener.

The Ducks (12-5) scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Kyle Garlick two-out single to pull within a run, but freshman A.J. Balta struck out swinging with two runners on to end the threat.

Oregon put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-out walk by pinch hitter Nick Catalano and a single by Aaron Payne, but USC reliever Kyle Davis got freshman Austin Grebeck to ground out hard to shortstop Blake Lacey to give USC (10-6) the win in the first of a three game series.

The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.

The two squads meet today at 2 p.m.


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