CORVALLIS, Ore. – Three Northwest players made sure any decision on the 2014 Pac-12 Conference champion will remain for another day as freshman catcher Logan Ice drilled an RBI double off the right field wall in the bottom of the ninth at Goss Stadium to lift No. 2 Oregon State to a 1-0 victory over No. 5 Washington.
Ice’s one-out hit off reliever Troy Rallings – who had riled up Beaver Believers the night before with his antics in a 4-2 Huskies win – made a complete-game winner of Jace Fry and plated Dylan Davis. Davis had led off the ninth with a single that helped lead to the exit of UW starter Tyler Davis. Continue reading
When Pat Casey built Oregon State into a perennial contender, he did so with Pacific Northwest recruits. From 2005-07, the Beavers appeared in three straight College World Series, winning two titles, and had Oregonians as the Friday night starters each year.
Stars of those teams came from places like Madras, Ontario, Salem, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Portland. And there was a strong presence of players from north of the Oregon-Washington border, too. Continue reading
Lost amidst the carnage of an 0-3 Pac-12 Conference weekend for the UCLA Bruins is the way they continue to take every setback in stride.
College World Series champions last June, the Bruins (23-24-1, 10-13 Pac-12) are barely a bubble team this season, struggling with injuries throughout the roster.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Six days ago, Oregon State blew a 6-1 lead in a loss to Sacramento State.
The Beavers underwent a “come-to-Jesus” talking to from senior pitcher Ben Wetzler. Since then, the Beavers have been both resilient, patient and unbeatable.
Junior lefthander Jace Fry allowed one hit in eight innings, Michael Conforto had a first-inning solo home run and fifth-ranked Oregon State won its fourth straight in finishing off a Pac-12 Conference sweep of arch rival Oregon at Goss Stadium on Sunday with a 7-1 victory. Continue reading
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State coach Pat Casey said on Friday that the key to beating arch rival Oregon was beating the Ducks’ pitching.
On Saturday night, Casey and the Beavers needed eight innings to prove him correct, again. OSU broke through for four hits and four runs in the bottom of the eighth to wrap up the Pac-12 series win and gain a percentage-points lead over Washington in the race for the conference title. Continue reading
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis had done it before, but that was more than two years ago when they were high school seniors at Redmond (Wash.) High.
This time, it was a much bigger stage – with the bright TV lights of ESPN in the first inning of the second game of the Corvallis Super Regional – and the best friends ignited a hitting display of awe-inspiring proportions, belting back-to-back two-out home runs to right center field. Oregon State turned that into a five-run outburst and the Beavers never glanced back en route to a 12-4 victory that evened the best-of-three series at a game each. Continue reading
SAN DIEGO — San Diego State knew playing a top 10 team early in the season would be tough challenge, but the Aztecs didn’t expect to be completely shut down.
That was the case, however, as No. 6 Oregon State finished off a dominant four-game sweep with a 7-1 victory on Sunday. The Beavers improved to 8-0 outscoring San Diego State (3-4) by a 22-2 margin in the series.
Oregon State’s starting pitching had been the main Aztec bane in the first three games of the series with Dan Child, Matt Boyd and Andrew Moore allowing just 14 hits and one run in 22 innings of work. But on Sunday it was relievers Brandon Jackson and Scott Schultz.
After starter Clay Bauer went 1 2/3 innings, right-handed sidearmer Jackson gave the Beavers 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits. He was followed by three scoreless frames of Schultz, who picked up his second save of the season.
Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said Bauer was scheduled to pitch up to two innings and then turn the ball over to lefty Tyler Painton, but with back-to-back right-handed batters due up, he called Jackson’s number first. With Jackson rolling through the middle innings, Casey left him in the game.
“He just kept getting guys out. We didn’t have it planned,” Casey said. “We didn’t have it scripted. We were actually going to go to the lefty, but Brandon just kept throwing the ball where he needed to and got some big double plays.”
SAN DIEGO — Behind 8 1/3 shutout innings from senior southpaw Matt Boyd, No. 6 Oregon State took a 2-0 victory over San Diego State Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Aztecs starter Philip Walby matched Boyd pitch for pitch until Oregon State (6-0) was able to put together a two-out rally in the eighth inning. Danny Hayes singled home Max Gordon and later scored on a Dylan Davis double to provide all the scoring for the game.
San Diego State (3-2) had its chances, but couldn’t get to Boyd. The Aztecs botched an opportunity in the third inning when they had runners on the corners with no outs (see The Game Changer below). They also put together a two-out rally in the seventh inning to load the bases, but after a mound visit, Boyd got Avondre Bollar to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.