CORVALLIS — The Oregon State baseball team completed a series sweep of Pacific-12 Conference rival Stanford on Sunday with a 2-1 victory before a crowd of 2,836 at Goss Stadium.
The No. 6 Beavers (25-6, 9-3 Pac-12) scored twice in the first inning and then held on behind standout pitching from starter Jace Fry and relievers Zack Reser and Scott Schultz. Fry went seven innings, Reser authored a 1-2-3 eighth and Schultz added a perfect ninth for the save, less than 24 hours after he threw 42/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief on Saturday to win the 1-0, 13-inning triumph that clinched the series.
The Beavers allowed just two runs in 31 innings on the weekend while stretching their winning streak against the Cardinal (10-14, 3-6) to eight consecutive games over the past three seasons. The Beavers have also won eight of the past 10 series against Stanford.
After waiting for 13 innings to score on Saturday, the Beavers struck early on Sunday. Jeff Hendrix led off with an infield single and went to second on a one-out single by Michael Conforto. They both moved up on a groundout and scored when Kavin Keyes blooped a two-out single into short left field.
Keyes had two hits on the afternoon and passed Shea McFeeley (2004-06) and Chris Biles (200-03) to assume eighth place on OSU's career list with 200. Next to pass is Joe Gerber (1997-2000), who had 201.
Fry allowed one run on 10 well-spaced singles over seven innings before giving way to Reser. He struck out six, walked none, and got 11 outs on ground balls. He has pitched seven or more innings in each of his eight starts.
Fry retired the first eight batters in order, then allowed three straight singles that scored Stanford's lone run. Stanford had at least one baserunner in each of his final four innings but it could not push across the tying run, thanks in part to some outstanding defense.
A double play aided Fry in the fourth, when the Cardinal came up empty despite having three hits. In the fifth, Conforto threw out Austin Slater at third base when he tried to advance from first on a single with no outs. The play proved crucial; Austin Hoffpauir followed with a single but both were stranded as Fry retired the next two hitters.
WASHINTON 5, OREGON 4 — At Seattle, Oregon led by two runs twice, including in the 10th inning, but No. 14 Washington rallied both times to beat the Ducks in 10 innings.
Andrew Ely delivered the game-ending three-run triple off reliever Darrell Hunter with one out in the 10th inning to give UW (22-6-1, 10-2 Pac-12) a win in the series. Hunter relieved Jake Reed after the Huskies loaded the bases with no outs against the Oregon closer. Hunter got the first batter he faced to ground out to third forcing the lead runner at home, but Ely pulled the second pitch he saw into the right-field corner allowing Braden Bishop to score the winning run from first.
It looked like Steven Packard was going to be the hero for Oregon (22-10, 7-5 Pac-12). The junior delivered a one-out RBI single through the right side of the infield to score Austin Grebeck, who led off the inning with a double, and put the Ducks ahead 4-3 against Husky closer Troy Rallings. A.J. Balta added a two-out RBI single to give Oregon some cushion heading into the bottom of the inning.
Mitchell Tolman gave the Ducks an early lead, scoring on a wild pitch after he doubled to lead off the second. J.B. Bryant scored later in the inning on a double steal to give Oregon a 2-0 lead.
Oregon starter Jeff Gold was masterful for most of the game. He retired Washington in order in six of the eight innings he pitched, while taking a no-hitter into the sixth. After Gold retired the first two batters of the inning, Washington strung together four straight hits off Gold to tie the game 2-2. He settled down and got the final seven batters he faced out, while matching a career-long outing throwing eight innings.