CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ryan Barnes drove in three runs as No. 23 Oregon State snapped No. 5 Oregon’s nine-game win streak with a 7-3 victory at Goss Stadium on Friday night.
With a 1-0 Arizona win over Arizona State, the Ducks (42-15) and Wildcats will enter Saturday tied for the lead in the Pac-12 standings with identical 19-9 league records.
The Beavers (36-18, 16-12) scored five unanswered runs in the game’s final five innings as Scott Schultz picked up his first save of the year tossing three and 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, retiring 10 of Oregon’s last 11 batters and denying the Ducks a hit during his time on the mound.
An uncharacteristic start from Alex Keudell (10-4) had the Beavers leading 5-3 after five innings. Keudell’s nine-start winning streak was snapped as the Portland, Ore., native allowed a season-high five earned runs on five hits and a more damaging season-high five walks.
Keudell got into trouble in the bottom of the fifth which spelled the end to his nine-start winning streak. The Beavers took a 5-3 lead scoring three runs on two hits and an uncharacteristic three walks. Jake Rodriguez led off the inning with double into left field, and Tyler Smith reached on a one-out walk. Keudell looked to recover with his second strikeout of the inning as Michael Conforto went down swinging.
But the middle of OSU’s lineup battled as Keudell loaded the bases by issuing Pac-12 Player of the Week Danny Hayes ball four on a full count. With the bases loaded, Keudell walked in the tying run, delivering ball four to Ryan Dunn on a full count before Ryan Barnes plated the go-ahead runs with a two-out, two run single driven into center field.
In the win, OSU starter Ben Wetzler (7-2) tossed five and 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while issuing four walks and striking out six UO batters.Ryon Healy gave Oregon a two-run lead in the top of the first, launching a two-run homer over the wall in left center after J.J. Altobelli reached on a one-out single. For Healy, it was his fourth round-tripper of the season and the first home run a UO player has hit at Goss Stadium since the program was reinstated.
Back-to-back RBI singles from Hayes and Dunn evened the score 2-2 in the bottom of the first as Keudell hit a batter and allowed three hits.
Oregon took a 3-2 lead in the top of the second as Aaron Jones recorded his 38th RBI of the season with a single into center field, scoring Altobelli from second. Altobelli drove a two-out double down the left field line to keep the top of the frame alive, before Wetzler intentionally walked Healy to get to Jones.
The Beavers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-3 lead as reliever Joey Housey surrendered two hits, issued two walks and plunked a batter.
Barnes finished his day 3-for-5, while Dunn was 2-for-4 with a two-RBI effort. Jones and Altobelli led the Ducks with two hits apiece.
Oregon and Oregon State will play game two of the series at 1:05 p.m. Saturday from Goss Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on KEZI 9.2 in the Corvallis/Eugene region and ROOT Sports in the rest of the Northwest. It can also be seen nationally on FCS.
Notes: The Beavers take a 2-1 lead in the 2012 Civil War series…Oregon’s nine-game winning streak was snapped and Alex Keudell’s nine-start winning streak was snapped as he walked a season high five batters and allowed a season high five earned runs….Ryon Healy’s home run was the first hit by an Oregon player at Goss Stadium since the reinstatement of the UO program in 2009…