CORVALLIS, Ore. – No. 19 Oregon threatened in the ninth but left the tying run at second in a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Oregon State at Goss Stadium in the first game of a three-game series on Friday night.
The Ducks (31-11, 10-6 Pac-12) sent six hitters to the plate in the ninth but could only push one run across on a ground out by pinch hitter J.B. Bryant that scored Kyle Garlick, who led off the inning with a single. Aaron Payne flew out to left field with runners on second and third to end the game.
Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe got out of early trouble allowing just one run after the Beavers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first. Jeff Hendrix, who led off the inning with a hit, scored on a Dylan Davis sacrifice fly before Thorpe got a pair of pop outs to end the inning.
The Beavers added a run off Thorpe in the fifth inning to push the lead to 2-0. Michael Conforto doubled off the left field wall to score Hendrix from second, and then the Beavers (29-8, 12-4) Pac-12 pushed the lead to 3-0 on a solo home run by Caleb Hamilton in the sixth.
Garlick led the Ducks going 2-for-4, while Nick Catalano, Austin Grebeck and Mitchell Tolman all had one hit. Thorpe (6-4) took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. Oregon State starter Ben Wetzler (7-1) picked up the win allowing just one run on five hits in 8.1 innings, while fanning seven. Scott Schultz picked up his third save getting the final two outs.
Game two of the series is Saturday night at 7:30 in Corvallis.