CORVALLIS, Ore. – Dylan Davis’ groundout in the seventh proved to be the game-winner as the Oregon State baseball team opened a three-game series with a 5-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday night at Goss Stadium.
Davis capped off the Beavers’ two-run inning to overcome the Golden Lions’ one-run lead entering the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Dunn drove in the first run on a double to left center, scoring Michael Conforto, who had walked to open the inning.
Davis grounded out to third with one out for the game-winning RBI.
The runs pushed the Beavers (21-11 overall) past Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which took a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Cornelius Williams, Christian Weeber and Jacob Whitney all drove in solo runs during the frame.
All three runs were unearned and charged to Oregon State starter Ben Wetzler, who did not get the decision after working 6 1/3 innings. He allowed five hits with three strikeouts.
Oregon State added an insurance run on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Brett Schweiger in the eighth, giving the Beavers the final two-run advantage.
OSU had taken a 2-0 lead after three innings, scoring solo unearned runs in each the second and third innings. Overall, the teams combined to commit five errors and produce five unearned runs.
Matt Boyd got the win after working 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He is 3-0 this season.
Tony Bryant earned his third save in as many games with a scoreless ninth and now has eight on the season.
Stanten Jones took the loss for the Golden Lions (6-26-1), dropping to 2-6 this season. He walked seven and gave up two hits and two runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Redmond Floyd started for Arkansas-Pine Bluff and gave up two hits and two unearned runs in four innings of work.
Ryan Gorton led the Beavers offensively with two hits while Tyler Smith extended his hit streak to 14 games with a bunt single in the eighth.
Oregon State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff continue the three-game series Saturday at 2:05 p.m. PT at Goss Stadium.