CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ryan Dunn’s shot to left center narrowly evaded the glove of diving center fielder Jake Stewart and the senior’s single served as the game-winner in the 10th inning in the Oregon State baseball team’s 5-4 win over No. 12 Stanford in front of a season-high 2,795 fans Sunday at Goss Stadium.
Joey Matthews and Dylan Davis both singled with one out and Michael Conforto walked on five pitches to load the bases for Dunn, who came into the 10th 1-for-4 on the day. He worked to a 1-2 count against Stanford reliever Stephen Piscotty and ripped a shot to the gap in left for the game-winning hit.
It sent the Beavers to the series victory after the club’s 4-2 win on Saturday. OSU improved to 30-15 overall and 11-11-10 in Pac-12 Conference play. Stanford, meanwhile, dropped to 29-14 overall and 11-10 in league games.
The Beavers held an advantage over the Cardinal for most of the game, taking a 3-0 lead after two full. Stanford answered with two runs in the sixth before Tyler Smith gave the Beavers a 4-2 lead on a squeeze in the eighth.
Dominic Jose drove in the Cardinal’s third run of the game in the ninth on a 4-3 groundout and Kenny Diekroeger sent the game into extra innings with an 0-2 single to right with two down.
The win went to Oregon State reliever Tony Bryant, who allowed three hits and a run in two innings of work to improve to 5-1. The loss was credited to Piscotty, who worked a season-long 4 2/3 innings and dropped to 2-2 this season.
Dunn, Ryan Gorton and Joey Matthews all had two hits for the Beavers, who finished with 12 overall. Stanford, meanwhile, was had eight hits, with Piscotty, who started in left, leading the team with four.
Dan Child started for the Beavers and worked seven innings, allowing four hits and two runs for his ninth quality start of the season. He, however, did not finish with a decision.
Sahil Bloom also did not figure in the decision after starting for the Cardinal. He worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs.
Oregon State heads to Eugene Tuesday for a non-conference game with Oregon. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT at PK Park.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State scored first for the ninth consecutive game and improved to 6-3 during that stretch … The Beavers improved to 30-5 this season when scoring three or more runs … Ryan Dunn extended his hit streak to six games with a single in the first … Head coach Pat Casey improved to 22-22 all-time against Stanford … The series win was Oregon State’s first at home against Stanford since sweeping the 2006 series … Attendance Sunday was a season-high 2,795 … The three-game series saw a combined attendance of 7,575 … Jake Rodriguez made his second start of the year at second base … His first was April 14 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.