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Beavers shut out Huskies 8-0 to avoid sweep

Beavers shut out Huskies 8-0 to avoid sweep
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SEATTLE – The fifth-ranked Oregon State baseball team utilized a five-run first inning to cruise to an 8-0 win over Washington in the three-game series finale Sunday at Husky Ballpark.

Oregon State finished with 11 hits off four Washington pitchers. Max Gordon, Tyler Smith, Dylan Davis and Danny Hayes all had two hits in the win, which saw the Beavers tally five doubles, tying a season-high.

Davis and Andy Peterson paced the club with two RBI apiece.

“This was certainly a bounce-back win,” Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. “We got production from every part of the lineup and Ben (Wetzler) was solid. He did a good job against a good Washington offense.”

Wetzler’s effort may have been overshadowed by the OSU offense’s domination of the scoreboard but the lefty certainly had an outstanding day himself.

He had a 5-0 lead before throwing a pitch. The left-hander threw his second career complete game – and first in nine innings as his first was seven innings against West Virginia in 2012. He allowed four hits and one walk.

Wetzler struck out six and improved to 3-1 this season.

Oregon State had seen its pitching staff finish with a quality start in seven consecutive games.

Oregon State (30-8 overall, 11-4 Pac-12 Conference) sent 10 to batters to the plate in the five-run first, batting around for the second time in Pac-12 play.

Gordon and Smith opened the game with back-to-back doubles for a 1-0 lead, and Davis made it 2-0 with a 1-out double. Ryan Barnes singled in Davis and Peterson capped off the inning’s scoring with two-out, two-run single to right.

Davis added to the lead with a solo home run to left in the second. It was his second of the year and just the third for the Beavers in Pac-12 play – the first two came by Michael Conforto during the Arizona series.

Danny Hayes and Kavin Keyes added to the lead with a pair of doubles in the fifth to push the Beavers to an 8-0 lead.

The Beavers did most of their offensive damage against Washington (11-26, 5-10) starter Tyler Davis, who lasted 2/3 of an inning. The righty allowed five runs and six hits in his shortened outing and dropped to 1-6 this season after taking the loss.

Oregon State avoided being swept in Seattle for the first time since the 1995 season when the Beavers and Huskies were a member of the Pacific-10 Conference’s Northern Division.

Oregon State concludes its trip to the Puget Sound area Monday afternoon against Seattle. First pitch from Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash., is slated for 3 p.m. PT.
 

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