EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon State claimed the victory in the first round of the Civil War, knocking off No. 10 Oregon, 7-1, on Tuesday night at PK Park in a non-conference match-up.
The Ducks (27-13) have now dropped three consecutive games, matching their longest losing streak of the year.
Oregon State (27-12) was led by right-hander Taylor Starr, who improved to 4-1 on the season after holding Oregon to one run on five hits and one walk while striking out seven in seven innings of work.
Oregon left-hander Jordan Spencer (2-2) was issued the loss for the Ducks after lasting just two innings on the mound, and surrendering four runs on four hits and one walk.
Four Oregon pitchers saw action out of the bullpen as Billy Flamion, Joey Housey, Tommy Thorpe and Jimmie Sherfy each appeared.
Oregon State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, scoring two runs on two hits. Dylan Davis’ RBI groundout plated Ryan Gorton, who led off the inning with a single up the middle. Jake Rodriguez then drove a two-out single into center field as Ryan Dunn scored after being issued a walk by Spencer.
The Beavers scored four runs in the third after back-to-back doubles from Joey Matthews and Tyler Smith. Flamion then took over on the hill for Spencer and plunked Michael Conforto, before walking Gorton to load the bases as a wild pitch allowed Smith to score. Conforto scored on a Dunn RBI groundout, and Gorton scored OSU’s fourth run of the inning on a third wild pitch delivered from Flamion.
Oregon State led 6-1 after three innings as Spencer and Flamion combined to allow six runs on four hits, two walks, one hit batter and three wild pitches from Flamion.
The Beavers added a seventh run in the fourth as Matthews’ double down the right field line scored John Tommasini with Housey on the mound.
Matthews led Oregon State with a 2-for-4 performance, with a RBI double and run scored, while Conforto produced a 2-for-3 effort with a run scored.
The Duck bullpen shut out the Beavers the rest of the way as Thorpe and Sherfy held the Beavers scoreless on two hits while striking out seven.
Oregon scored its only run in the third as Connor Hofmann led off the bottom of the inning with a single and moved to third on a sacrifice and groundout before scoring on a wild pitch.
Andrew Mendenhall led Oregon with a 2-for-4 effort. The Ducks left 11 batters on base, and Oregon’s pitching staff issued six free bases with three walks and three hit batters.
The Ducks return to action at PK Park this weekend hosting California with the series beginning at 6 p.m., Friday.
Following Saturday’s spring football game at Autzen Stadium, Oregon will host the Golden Bears at 2 p.m. at PK Park. All fans get $5 general admission to the game. Show your Military ID at the PK Park ticket window for free admission to the game.
Notes: Oregon’s current three-game losing streak matches its longest of the season…Ryon Healy’s 10-game hitting streak was snapped with an 0-for-4 performance.
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