CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sophomore first baseman Gabe Clark drove in four runs and junior reliever Zack Reser earned his second win of the season as fifth-ranked Oregon State defeated Northern Illinois 10-0 on Sunday before a crowd of 2,064 at Goss Stadium.
The Beavers (14-3) swept the four-game series and stretched their winning streak to seven in a row. They are 10-1 in their last 11 starts and now lead the all-time series against Northern Illinois 7-0.
Clark knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the first inning to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish. He then broke the game open with a two-run double in the sixth to give the Beavers a 7-0 advantage. Dylan Davis followed with a two-run single to cap a five-run rally that removed all doubt about the eventual outcome.
Clark played sparingly as a freshman, hitting .161 with no homers and five RBIs. He surpassed those totals over the weekend by going 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer, a triple, two doubles and eight RBIs. He’s at .455 overall in 11 games, with six extra-base hits, 14 RBIs and only one strikeout.
Reser entered the game with one out in the third and retired the next nine Huskies in order. He allowed two hits in a career-long four-inning stint, with two strikeouts and no walks. Philip Belding, Kevin Flemer and Max Engelbrekt finished up with 2 2/3 hitless frames.
Junior left fielder Michael Conforto doubled, singled, walked twice and was hit by a pitch to reach base in all five plate appearances. He reached safely in 14 of his 18 plate appearances in the series, raising his on-base percentage to .570.
The Beavers eased ahead 3-0 in the first inning on Clark’s two-run single and Michael Howard’s sacrifice fly. Conforto’s RBI double made it 4-0 in the second. He had another RBI on a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the five-run sixth to increase his team-leading total to 26.
Ordinarily the Beavers’ starting right fielder, Davis made his third career start in his first pitching appearance since March 28, 2013. He allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings, struck out two, walked two, hit two and was not involved in the decision.
Oregon State pitchers combined for three shutouts and an 0.26 ERA in the series. They have four shutouts in the past five games, lowering their team ERA to 1.97.
The Beavers conclude their 10-game homestand against Ohio State at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. Both team’s projected starting pitchers are TBA. Tickets can be purchased via BeaverTickets.com, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or visiting the ticket office at Goss Stadium, which will open at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball or by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball.