STANFORD, Calif. – No. 11 Oregon jumped to an early lead and then cruised to a 9-2 win over Stanford on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond.
The Ducks used a seven-run second inning to take command of the game after scoring once in the first. Tyler Baumgartner went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. The senior right fielder picked up a RBI in the top of the first to give Oregon a 1-0 lead and then drove in two in the second.
Shaun Chase was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the eighth and two RBI. Aaron Payne scored two runs and drove in a run, while Mitchell Tolman, Kyle Garlick and A.J. Balta each had one RBI.
Jeff Gold (7-0) picked up the win allowing two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings pitched.
Oregon (19-8, 6-3 Pac-12) travels to Gonzaga for games on Tuesday and Wednesday before heading to Seattle to start a three-game Pac-12 series on Friday. Stanford (10-11, 3-3) visits Oregon State this weekend.
Fry, Beavers take finale, series
TUCSON, Ariz. – Jace Fry had a 4-0 lead before ever toeing the rubber in Sunday’s series finale between the Oregon State baseball team and Arizona at Hi Corbett Field.
What Fry did next was dominate. The lefty tossed seven hitless innings and struck out five while facing just three over the minimum to pace the Beavers to an 11-0 win over Arizona to win the finale and claim the series over the Wildcats.
Fry allowed an inning-opening single to Willie Calhoun to open the eighth, which turned out to be his 111th and final pitch of the day. He was then removed from the game in favor of Scott Schultz; Fry walked to the third base dugout and received a standing ovation from the Oregon State fans in attendance.
Fry was vying to become the first Pac-12 Conference pitcher to throw two no-hitters. His first came three starts earlier, on March 8, against Northern Illinois.
He earned his fifth win of the season, improving to 5-1, and lowered his earned run average from 2.08 to 1.81. The win also marked the 10th of his career.
Fry got plenty of offensive support from the Beavers, who did not let up after the four-run first.
Michael Conforto, Kavin Keyes and Michael Howard singled in runs during the four-run first inning. Caleb Hamilton capped off the offensive outburst with a sacrifice fly to center that enabled Keyes to come in from third base.
Up 5-0 heading to the sixth, the Beavers (21-6 overall, 6-3 Pac-12 Conference) scored four in the inning on the three hits, the last of which was a triple to left by Keyes that scored two. Conforto and Davis also drove in runs during the frame.
OSU scored a solo run in the seventh and Davis capped off the day with a solo home run over the left field fence in the eighth. It was his third round-tripper of the season and first since March 8 against Northern Illinois.
Oregon State tallied 14 hits as a team. Conforto led the team with three, while Keyes, Howard, Jeff Hendrix and Logan Ice all had two.
Arizona (12-18, 2-7) starter Austin Schnabel lasted just 1/3 of an inning, throwing 23 pitches. He allowed all four first-inning runs to drop to 0-4 this season.
The series victory gave the Beavers four straight in Tucson dating back to 2009. OSU is 9-3 in its last 12 games on the road against the Wildcats.
Oregon State steps out of conference play Tuesday with a 3 p.m. game at Portland.