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.
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. PT game at Portland. Live audio and stats can be found on osubeavers.com. Note, there is no live video scheduled for the game.
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