OSU survives 13-inning thriller
CORVALLIS — Oregon State center fielder Jeff Hendrix singled home the winning run in the 13th inning on Saturday as the Beavers edged Stanford 1-0 at Goss Stadium to clinch the Pac-12 Conference series.
Hitless in his first five at-bats, Hendrix lined a 3-2 pitch from reliever AJ Vanegas over a drawn-in infield and into left-center field to plate Trever Morrison with the lone run. The Beavers (24-6 overall, 8-3 Pac-12) stretched their winning streak to five straight overall and four in a row in league play.
Morrison led off the 13th with a single, the first time all game OSU's leadoff batter reached safely. He advanced to second on a passed ball then slid safely into third when Stanford made a play on him on Logan Ice's sacrifice bunt instead of taking the easy out at first. Hendrix followed with his first walk-off hit as a collegian, a feat that earned him a traditional shaving-cream pie in the face during postgame interviews.
Oregon State starter Andrew Moore and four relievers combined to handcuff Stanford (10-13, 3-5) on nine hits. Moore went the first seven innings, and reliever Scott Schultz held the Cardinal hitless over the final 42/3 innings for his fourth victory of the year.
The Beavers mustered only six hits off Vanegas and Stanford starter Cal Quantrill, but strong situational pitching and defense kept them in the game. The Beavers turned three inning-ending double plays, the last of which was a stellar 6-4-3 twin killing on an attempted hit-and-run play that ended the top of the 12th.
Moore scattered eight hits over seven shutout innings as he rebounded from the shortest start of his career, an 11-2 loss at Arizona on March 29. He struck out seven, walked four, and lowered his ERA from 2.58 to 2.18.
Reliever Zack Reser pitched 2/3 scoreless innings and Brandon Jackson got the final out of the eighth to strand two runners. Trent Shelton got the first out of the ninth. Schultz replaced him following a walk and went the distance, as Oregon State's bullpen did not allow a hit over the final five innings.
Stanford starter Cal Quantrill matched Moore zero for zero, as he allowed just three hits over eight innings with six strikeouts and one walk. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, the only time OSU had more than one baserunner off Quantrill, the son of former major-league pitcher Paul Quantrill.
WASINGTON 1, OREGON 0 — At Seattle, Washington starting pitcher Tyler Davis shut down Oregon for 72/3 innings to lead 14th-ranked Washington.
Davis stymied the 19th-ranked Ducks' hitters all night. He struck out a career-high 10 batters in the longest outing of his career. He threw 89 pitches, allowed three hits, didn't allow a walk and hit one batter in improving his record to 6-1 on the season and lowering his ERA to 1.16.
The Ducks out-hit Washington 5-2 and the Huskies did not have a hit after the third inning. But behind Davis and reliever Troy Rallings, two hits combined and one run was enough.
Matt Crook, who was a supplemental first round pick at 35th overall by the Miami Marlins, started the game for the Ducks, but had to come out of the game in the bottom of the third inning with one out after suffering an injury to his pitching arm.
Crook's replacement, Trent Paddon, stuck out Braden Bishop before walking Andrew Ely. Ely advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score the only run of the game on a Robert Pehl double down the left-field line.
Ely was the only other Husky to have a hit on the night, collecting a single in the first inning to extend his hit streak to 18 games.
Track and Field
JENN BOYMAN MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL — At McMinnville, Markus Sanders stole the show in his debut for the Southern Oregon University track and field team at the Linfield College meet.
Sanders, a junior transfer from Modesto Junior College, won the hammer with a throw of 181 feet, 7 inches that made him an automatic qualifier for the NAIA Outdoor Championships. He also bested a 26-person field with a throw of 143-02 in the discus, the event he won twice at the Califiornia Community College Championships.
The Raiders got wins, too, in the women's 4x400-meter relay and the men's 4x100-meter relay, and six individuals were runners-up in their respective events.
The women's relay team, featuring Rachele Bedsole, Tierra Barrett, Aspen Abbott and Amelia Maguin, finished in 4:02.93, losing second-place Linfield by almost nine seconds. Maguin was also second of 30 in the 100-meter dash, posting a time of 13.10 seconds, and fourth of 41 in the 200 at 26.69. Abbott ran the 800 in 2:21.07 to claim second place out of 20, just a second behind the winner.
Holly Haga also had an impressive showing for the SOU women, taking second in the discus with a throw of 135-07, seven inches short of the win.
The men's 4x100 team of Kermit Knight, Cameron Bremner, Robert Benamati and Devan Barkley ran a 42.97 to edge Clackamas by a quarter of a second. Bremner additionally was second of 27 in the 100 (11.46) and fifth in the 200 (22.95).
SOU dominated the 1,500-meter run, placing fourth runners in the top 10 of a 45-person field: second-place Jared Hixon (4:00.39), sixth-place Aaron Brenton (4:04.83), eighth-place Trevor Flynn (4:06.31) and 10th-place Connor Cushman (4:10.61).
Anthony Neal had the final runner-up finish with a long-jump mark of 21-5.5.
In all, the Raiders reached 21 qualifying standards for the Cascade Conference Championships.
NCAA REGIONALS — At University Park, Pa., 12th-ranked Oregon State finished third at the NCAA regional and missed qualifying as a team to the national championships.
Individually, OSU's Junior Chelsea Tang and freshman Madeline Gardiner qualified in the all-around and freshman Kaytianna McMillan in the balance beam.