CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior Ben Wetzler pitched seven shutout innings for his fourth win and Gabe Clark drove in two runs as No. 4 Oregon State blanked Arizona State 4-0 on Friday night before a crowd of 2,792 at Goss Stadium.
It was the 11th win in a row for the Beavers (19-3 overall, 4-0 Pac-12 Conference), who also improved to 10-1 at home and 15-1 in their last 16 games. Arizona State (10-10, 1-3) has lost four of five.
Wetzler was again masterful as he stretched his personal winning streak to 14 consecutive games, dating back to a March 30, 2013 loss to San Diego. He allowed two hits, struck out eight, walked just one and lowered his ERA to 0.59. In 30.2 innings over four starts, he has 28 strikeouts, has allowed just nine hits and two earned runs, and has held opponents to an .091 average.
Oregon State is 19-1 in Wetzler’s last 20 starts. His 28th career victory moved him into a five-way tie with Mike Gorman, John Sipple, Jeff Post and Dallas Buck for second place on Oregon State’s all-time win list. Ken Noble (30) set the record from 1975-78.
Wetzler and ASU starter Brett Lilek each entered the game with 3-0 records and sub-1.00 ERAs. Both teams had scoring opportunities but they matched zeroes through four innings before the Beavers broke through with a three-spot in the fifth.
Walks to Nick Rulli and Michael Conforto sandwiched around Andy Peterson’s bunt single loaded the bases with one out. Everyone moved up a base on Dylan Davis’s sacrifice fly to left field, and a walk to Kavin Keyes reloaded the bases. Gabe Clark then dropped a two-run single into short right field to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead and knock out Lilek.
Oregon State added to its lead in the sixth off reliever Eric Melbostad. Trever Morrison singled with two outs; running on the pitch, he scored all the way from first on Peterson’s double to make it 4-0.
Senior reliever Scott Schultz pitched two hitless innings to close out the Sun Devils. It was Oregon State’s second straight shutout and its eighth of the season. Oregon State pitchers have combined for 18 quality starts in 22 games.
Peterson doubled, singled, scored one and drove in a run and Morrison had two hits, scored once and stole a base to lead the offense. Davis was 0-for-2 and had his seven-game hitting streak snapped.
The series resumes at 1:35 p.m. Saturday at Goss Stadium. The probable are righty Andrew Moore (2-1, 1.01) for the Beavers and lefty Ryan Kellogg (1-2, 4.18) for Arizona State. Tickets can be purchased via BeaverTickets.com, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or visiting the ticket office at Goss Stadium, which opens at 11:30 a.m.
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