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Late surge helps Beavs top Portland

CORVALLIS — Oregon State scored nine runs over the seventh and eighth innings as the ninth-ranked Beavers beat Portland 12-4 in nonconference baseball Tuesday at Goss Stadium.

Jordan Lennerton was 3-for-4 with a grand slam, and Mitch Canham had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs for OSU (26-7 overall).

The Beavers return to Pacific-10 play this weekend with a three-game home series against California, beginning Friday.

On Tuesday, the Beavers trailed Portland 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but plated four runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth to secure the win.

Jorge Reyes and four relievers combined to pitch a four-hitter for Oregon State against the Pilots (14-17).

Reyes — a freshman making the first collegiate start — worked the first five innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a hit batter while striking out six. His previous longest outing had been 3 1/3 innings at Arizona on March 30.

"For a freshman to come out in his first start, I thought he was awfully good," OSU coach Pat Casey said. "It was a good time for us to find out how he'd do if we extended him a little bit; we had him on a pitch count, and he did a good job."

Reyes retired the first six Pilot hitters of the game, then allowed the two runs in the top of the third inning before setting down the final seven hitters he faced.

Blake Keitzman, Greg Keim, Anton Maxwell and Mark Grbavac followed Reyes to the mound, with Keim getting the win to improve to 2-1 and Grbavac going the final 1 1/3 innings for his third save.

Koa Kahalehoe was 2-for-4 with two runs, while Darwin Barney saw his hitting streak end at nine games for OSU.