CORVALLIS — Senior left-hander Ben Wetzler tied Oregon State's all-time win record on Friday night as the Beavers topped Stanford 4-1 in the opener of their Pac-12 Conference baseball series at Goss Stadium.
Wetzler's 30th career victory tied Ken Noble (1975-78) atop Oregon State's (23-6 overall, 7-3 Pac-12) career victory list. He struck out one, got 14 outs via fly balls, and won his 16th consecutive decision over the past two seasons. He is 6-0 in 2014, 30-6 for his career and his .833 winning percentage ranks third all-time.
Oddly enough, Wetzler walked three of the first four hitters he faced to load the bases with one out in the first inning. However, he induced a popper to short and a fly ball to right field to escape the jam unscathed, did not issue another walk and dominated Stanford (10-12, 3-4) from that point on.
He retired 15 consecutive hitters in one stretch between the second and seventh innings. Stanford's run was unearned and he lowered his ERA to 0.32, the lowest in the Pac-12.
Michael Conforto homered, singled, scored twice and was hit by a pitch to lead the offense. Conforto has now reached base safely in 28 of OSU's 29 games. Dylan Davis, Michael Howard and Caleb Hamilton added doubles. Davis' two-bagger was the 43rd of his career, giving him sole possession of fourth place on OSU's all-time list. He needs seven more to pass Chris Biles (2000-03) for the career lead.
OREGON 10, WASHINGTON 3 — At Seattle, Oregon scored four times in the top of the ninth to break open a close game with Washington.
Kyle Garlick went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Ducks (22-8, 7-3 Pac-12), while Mitchell Tolman added two hits and two RBIs.