Beavers win 20th straight against UP
PORTLAND — Dylan Davis drove in three runs and Jerad Casper homered amongst four hits to highlight sixth-ranked Oregon State's 9-6 win over Portland Tat Joe Etzel Field on Tuesday.
The win was Oregon State's (22-6 overall) 20th straight over Portland (5-23) dating back to the 2007 season. The Beavers will look to extend it to 21 games May 13 at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, and tie the school's longest streak.
Casper led the offensive attack with four hits and was a triple shy of the cycle. The four hits shattered his previous best for a single game — one, achieved multiple times.
Davis and Michael Conforto each had three-days for Oregon State, which rapped out 14 as a team and has four consecutive double-digit games. Five of the Beavers' 15 hits went for extra bases. Of the team's 73 hits over the last four games, 18 have gone for extra bases, which is nearly 25 percent.
Davis and Conforto each extended their hit streaks to six games while Jeff Hendrix pushed his to five games with a two-hit effort.
Oregon State scored four in the first — for the second consecutive game — when Conforto, Clark and Casper all drove in runs. OSU also scored on a balk.
The Beavers added to the lead with three in the fifth. Davis drove home two on a double and Clark singled home a run.
Davis drove in his third run on a single in the sixth and Casper made it 9-2 when he drove the first pitch he saw in the seventh over the left field fence.
Down 9-2 entering the ninth inning, Portland scored four runs but Scott Schultz managed to get Ryan Littlefield on a comebacker to end the game with the tying run on deck.
Zack Reser worked in relief and pitched 32/3 innings, holding Portland to three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He earned the win and improved to 3-0 this season.
Jake Thompson started for the Beavers and worked three innings, allowing two hits and two runs with three strikeouts and four walks. He did not figure in the decision. His counterpart, Brandon Snyder, who was making his first start of the year, took the loss and is 0-1 on the year. The lefty allowed all four runs in the first and was replaced by Jackson Lockwood to start the second inning.
The Beavers return to Goss Stadium for a three-game series against Stanford that starts at 5:05 p.m. PT Friday night.
OREGON 3, GONZAGA 2 — At Spokane, Wash., Oregon coach George Horton recorded his 200th career win as the Ducks held off a late Gonzaga rally.
The Bulldogs pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth but could not bring in the tying run.
Oregon improved to 20-8 overall while Gonzaga fell to 10-17.