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Beavers suffer Pac-12 loss

CORVALLIS — Zak Taylor, Jack Anderson and Adley Rutschman all collected two hits but the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped an 8-4 decision to Washington Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium.

Despite the loss, Oregon State still claimed its 14th consecutive Pac-12 Conference series after sweeping a doubleheader over the Huskies Saturday. The Beavers are 20-2 overall and will enter a series at Utah Thursday holding a 5-1 league record.

Washington, meanwhile, improved to 11-10 overall and 4-2 in conference action.

Taylor drove in a pair of runs via singles in both the second and fourth innings. Rutschman, meanwhile, drove in his 24th run of the season with a double in the seventh.

Andy Armstrong accounted for an Oregon State run with an RBI double in the fourth. The Huskies held a 5-1 lead entering the bottom half of the fourth before OSU trimmed the lead to two with the two runs.

Washington, however, scored two in the seventh and one more in the eighth – on a solo home run by Joe Wainhouse – for the final tally.

Grant Gambrell took the loss to drop to 3-1 on the year. He allowed five hits and two runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Washington starter Jordan Jones improved to 3-2 after earning the win. He held the Beavers to seven hits and three runs in five innings of work.

CALIFORNIA 5, OREGON 3: At Eugene, California jumped out to an early lead and held off an Oregon rally to salvage the final game of the Pac-12 Conference series at PK Park on Sunday.

Cal scored two runs in the top of the second inning against Oregon starter Kolby Somers. Tanner Dodson led off the inning with a base hit before scoring from first on a Jonah Davis double. Sam Wezniak knocked in Davis with a single to put the Golden Bears up 2-0.

Cal (13-9, 1-5 Pac-12) added to the lead with a three-run inning in the top of the fifth. After a base hit and an error put two runners on with two outs, Andrew Vaughn hit a three-run home run, his 12th, to give the Bears a 5-0 lead.

Oregon (14-8, 2-4 Pac-12) got on the board in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Taylor Travess led off the inning with a hit, moved to second on a bunt single by Kyle Kasser, went to third on a Jonny DeLuca ground out and scored on a Spencer Steer ground out.

Oregon added a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth off Dodson, who moved from center field to the mound in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Kenyon Yovan drove in Jakob Goldfarb and Daniel Patzlaff with a two-out double, but Dodson got Jason Drees to fly out to center field to end the game.

Ashland High School graduate Peyton Fuller, an Oregon relief pitcher, induced an inning-ending groundout to end Cal’s ninth.