CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ben Wetzler was dominant, holding Arizona to three hits in 7 1/3 innings in an 11-2 Oregon State win over the Wildcats in the series opener Friday night at Hi Corbett Field.
The Oregon State offense took advantage of a spacious Hi Corbett outfield, totaling six extra-base hits in the win. The Beavers tallied three triples, one shy of tying the school’s single-game record, and OSU gave Wetzler a 2-0 lead before the lefty threw a pitch.
Eight of Oregon State’s nine starters had at least one hit as the club totaled 18 overall, setting a new season high – surpassing 15 against Wright State.
Wetzler improved to 5-0 on the year and has a quality start in all five appearances. He now has 29 career victories, which is the nation’s active leader and which is one shy of tying Ken Noble for most in at Oregon State. The lefty struck out six and has a 0.47 earned run average in 38 innings this season. Opponents have just 12 hits off him and he has walked 10, giving him a WHIP of 0.66.
Wetzler also pushed his all-time winning percentage to .829 (35-6), which is fourth at Oregon State, and he moved into eighth with 242 strikeouts.
Wetzler has won 15 consecutive games dating back to last season and the Beavers are 20-1 when he starts during that stretch.
The win pushed Oregon State to 20-5 on the year and 5-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Arizona, meanwhile, dropped to 11-17 overall and 1-6 against conference foes.
Davis opened the game’s scoring with a two-run double in the first, a chopper that scored Hendrix and Conforto. Each had singled with one out before coming in on the double down the left field line.
OSU pushed its advantage to 5-0 with a three-run fifth inning that saw the Beavers send eight to the plate and score three runs on five hits. Andy Peterson and Trever Morrison opened the inning with back-to-back triples that landed on nearly the same spot in left field. Hendrix then drove in Morrison with a bloop single to center and later, Keyes singled in a run with a sharp single to right.
OSU sent 10 to the plate in a four-run eighth inning and Davis and Conforto drove in solo runs in the ninth to finish the offensive effort.
Arizona starter James Farris took the loss and dropped to 4-2 on the year. He allowed 13 hits and five runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Oregon State and Arizona continue the series with a 4:05 p.m. PT start Saturday at Hi Corbett Field. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Note, however, that the game will be joined in progress in the state of Oregon (and nationally outside the state of Arizona which will have the entire game) following the Oregon softball game, which starts at 3 p.m. (and OSU’s baseball game begins at 4 p.m.). Fans with subscriptions to the Networks can get the full game live online.
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