No. 6 Beavers ground Pilots late
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jerad Casper, Danny Hayes and Jake Rodriguez all drove in two runs as the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team extended its win streak over Portland to 16 games with a 7-5 win over the Pilots Tuesday night at Goss Stadium.
The Beavers, down 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, pushed two runs across the plate in sixth inning and four more in the seventh for the win. Nine of the club's 16 wins during the streak have come at Goss Stadium.
"We started slow but picked it up and it's good to get back into the 'W' category," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Offensively, we did what we needed to do, especially toward the end of the game."
Rodriguez capped off Oregon State's offensive night with a two-run home run during the four-run seventh. It came two batters after Hayes roped a double to left, enabling Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis to score.
It was Casper who helped the Beavers (23-4 overall) early on. The junior put the Beavers up first, 1-0, with a sacrifice fly to center in the second. He tied the game at two in the sixth with an RBI-single to right center, then watched as Andy Peterson put Oregon State up for good with a squeeze that resulted in an infield single.
Scott Schultz picked up his sixth save of the season - and 12th overall in 12 opportunities for the Beavers - with three innings of relief. The Pilots scored three runs in the ninth, all of which were unearned, but Schultz got out of the jam to close out the game.
The win went to reliever Cole Brocker, who picked up his first career victory at Oregon State. The righty allowed four hits and a run while striking out four in 2 2/3 innings.
Rodriguez finished the game with two extra base hits, also doubling in the second. Davis and Hayes also had two hits for the Beavers, who finished with 11 overall.
Dan Child started for the Beavers and did not figure in the decision after going 3 1/3 innings. The righty struck out two, gave up a hit, walked one and allowed one run.
Colin Feldtman dropped to 2-1 this season after taking the loss. The Portland (11-17) reliever failed to get an out in the sixth and gave up two hits and a run.
The Beavers jump back into Pac-12 Conference play Friday with a 6 p.m. PT game at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium.