Davis' slam propels Beavers
KEIZER — Dylan Davis hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to break up a 2-all tie and No. 2-ranked Oregon State defeated Portland 8-4 on Tuesday before a sellout crowd of 4,226 at Volcanoes Stadium.
Davis powered a 3-2 curveball from reliever J.R. Bunda on to the berm behind the left-field fence for his first career grand slam and his sixth homer of the season. He also drove in OSU's second run with a third-inning sacrifice fly and his five RBIs upped his season total to a career-high 62, first in the Pacific-12 Conference. Davis also led the Pac-12 in RBIs in 2013 with 61.
The Beavers (39-8) built a 2-0 lead through six innings off Portland ace Travis Radke before the Pilots scored twice in the top of the seventh to forge a 2-2 deadlock. However, Radke was pulled to start the seventh and the Beavers replied quickly off three relievers to break the game back open.
Austin Kelly hit Trever Morrison and Jeff Hendrix to put two runners on base. He retired Andy Peterson on a line drive to right field for the second out but reliever Brandon Snyder's first pitch hit Michael Conforto to load the bases, bringing on Bunda for a more favorable righty-righty matchup.
Davis lined into an inning-ended double play with the bases loaded in the fifth but he left no doubt when given a second chance two innings later. Bunda fell behind 3-0, got two strikes and a foul ball on curveballs, but did not fool Davis on his seventh pitch of the at-bat.
OREGON 14, PACIFIC 8 — At Eugene, Shaun Chase hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead Oregon to a nonconference win over Pacific at PK Park.
Chase launched his second grand slam in the last 10 days, after Mitchell Tolman was intentionally walked to load the bases, with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to push the Ducks' lead to 9-2. The junior added his 10th homer of the season in the eighth, a solo shot that gave UO a 12-8 lead before the Ducks (37-16) added two more runs later in the inning.
Chase went 2-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored, while Tolman finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. Tyler Baumgartner added two hits, with a run scored and a RBI, in three at bats, and Graham went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI.
The Ducks finished the game with seven stolen bases, including two by Payne who is Oregon's all-time stolen base leader.