CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ryan Dunn and Joey Matthews each homered and Pat Casey won his 600th game as Oregon State’s head coach in the Beavers’ 12-2 seven-inning win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday at Goss Stadium.
Casey, who has an OSU record of 600-367-4 in 18 seasons, is the 15th coach in Pac-12 Conference history to reach that plateau. He’s now 13 wins away from tying Jack Riley for the most in an Oregon State uniform.
Dunn and Matthews each hit solo home runs in the game, which was called in the seventh when the Beavers went up by 10 on Matthews’ round-tripper.
Michael Conforto led the Beavers with three RBI, giving him 46 on the year. All three came on a triple that highlighted the Beavers’ five-run sixth inning.
Dunn, Matthews and Jake Rodriguez all had two RBI in the win, which improved Oregon State’s record to 22-11. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, meanwhile, dropped to 6-27-1 this year.
Dunn, Matthews and Ryan Gorton all had two hits as eight of the nine Oregon State starters had at least one hit. Dunn also scored three runs.
Tyler Smith walked three times but saw his hit streak snapped at 14 games after going 0-for-1.
Jace Fry worked a full seven innings in the win, needing just 64 pitches to improve to 3-2 this season. He allowed three hits and two runs – both unearned – while striking out two.
The Beavers scored solo runs in the second, third and fourth innings – Dunn’s home run came in the third – before breaking the game open with a three-run fifth. The Golden Lions scored two in the sixth before OSU went up 11-2 in the sixth.
Vince Newton started and took the loss for Arkansas-Pine Bluff, dropping to 0-2 on the year. He allowed five hits and three runs in four innings of work.
The teams conclude their three-game series Sunday at Goss Stadium. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. PT.