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Sixth-ranked Beavers erupt on offense to even series with WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — Gabe Clark set a career-high with four hits, driving in four runs in six plate appearances, to pace the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 12-5 win over Washington State Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Clark singled twice and doubled twice to set a new career high. He tied his season-best with four RBIs, with one on a sacrifice fly, as he came to the plate six times as the Beavers evened the series with the Cougars at a game apiece.

Overall, Oregon State rapped out 16 hits off five Washington State pitchers. Michael Conforto had three, while Dylan Davis, Kavin Keyes and Caleb Hamilton all finished with two apiece.

Davis and Keyes also drove in three runs apiece as the team's Nos. 4, 5 and 6 batters in the lineup combined to 8-for-13 with three extra-base hits, four runs scored and 10 RBI.

Oregon State scored first in the second inning when Hamilton stroked a single to center. WSU, however, answered with two in the bottom half of the frame.

The Beavers answered right back with a three-run third. Davis drove in the first run by walking on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded. Clark, the next batter, grounded a bases-loaded single to left, enabling Andy Peterson and Conforto to score.

Up 4-3 after four, the Beavers scored two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to go up 8-3. In the fifth, the runs came via a sacrifice fly off the bat of Keyes and by a hit by pitch of Trever Morrison.

Conforto and Davis singled and doubled, respectively, to open the sixth. Conforto scored on a sac fly by Clark and Davis came in to score when Keyes singled to right.

OSU broke the game open with a four-run seventh. Davis blooped in a single for two runs and Clark and Keyes each drove in solo runs to put the Beavers up 12-5.

Andrew Moore worked 52/3 innings in a start for the Beavers. He allowed 11 hits and five runs before being relieved by Zack Reser with runners on first and second in the sixth.

Moore picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the year.

Zack Reser came on and worked a near perfect 41/3 innings of relief of Moore to earn his first save. The left-hander allowed one hit and hit two batters.

Washington State (16-15, 7-4) starter Tanner Chleborad was tagged for eight hits and six runs over 41/3 innings. He took the loss to fall to 2-3 this season.

The teams finish the series today at noon.

OREGON 7, UC RIVERSIDE 4 — At Eugene, No. 25 Oregon jumped on UC Riverside's starter for early runs for the second straight day and then held on for a nonconference win at PK Park.

Oregon didn't waste any time against the Highlanders, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Tyler Baumgartner tripled past diving center fielder Devyn Bolasky to drive in A.J. Balta with the first run. Mitchell Tolman followed with a run-scoring single to drive in Baumgartner for a 2-0 Oregon lead.

UCR answered with a run in the top of the second on back-to-back doubles by David Andreise and Matthew Ellis, but UO countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. After a pair of Highlander errors, Aaron Payne doubled to right field to score Nick Catalano and Desmond Santos. Tolman added another RBI single to put the Ducks on top 5-1.

The Highlanders (14-16) cut the lead to 5-4 with a run in the fifth and two runs in the seventh, but the Ducks (26-10) answered with a run in the seventh and a run in the eighth. Kyle Garlick drilled an RBI double to left-center field, and then A.J. Balta came up with a two-out hit to score Mark Karaviotis, who tripled with one out.

Jeff Gold got the win, moving to 8-0 while allowing four runs on nine hits in 61/3 innings with five strikeouts. Jake Reed pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Tolman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run to lead Oregon, while Catalano was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Balta finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.