CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State completed a series sweep of Pacific-12 Conference rival Stanford on Sunday with a 2-1 victory before a crowd of 2,836 at Goss Stadium.
The No. 6 Beavers (25-6 overall, 9-3 Pac-12) scored twice in the first inning and then held on behind standout pitching from starter Jace Fry and relievers Zack Reser and Scott Schultz. Fry went seven innings, Reser authored a 1-2-3 eighth and Schultz added a perfect ninth for the save, less than 24 hours after he threw 4 2/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief on Saturdayto win the 1-0, 13-inning triumph that clinched the series.
The Beavers allowed just two runs in 31 innings on the weekend while stretching their winning streak against the Cardinal (10-14, 3-6) to eight consecutive games over the past three seasons. The Beavers have also won eight of the past 10 series against Stanford.
After waiting for 13 innings to score on Saturday, the Beavers struck early on Sunday. Jeff Hendrix led off with an infield single and went to second on a one-out single by Michael Conforto. They both moved up on a groundout and scored when Kavin Keyes blooped a two-out single into short left field.
Keyes had two hits on the afternoon and passed Shea McFeeley (2004-06) and Chris Biles (200-03) to assume eighth place on OSU’s career list with 200. Next to pass is Joe Gerber (1997-2000), who had 201.
Fry allowed one run on 10 well-spaced singles over seven innings before giving way to Reser. He struck out six, walked none, and got 11 outs on ground balls. He has pitched seven or more innings in each of his eight starts.
Fry retired the first eight batters in order, then allowed three straight singles that scored Stanford’s lone run. Stanford had at least one baserunner in each of his final four innings but it could not push across the tying run, thanks in part to some outstanding defense.
A double play aided Fry in the fourth, when the Cardinal came up empty despite having three hits. In the fifth, Conforto threw out Austin Slater at third base when he tried to advance from first on a single with no outs. The play proved crucial; Austin Hoffpauir followed with a single but both were stranded as Fry retired the next two hitters.
The crowd of 2,836 raised the season total to 36,525 in 14 openings, an average of 2,609 per date. The Beavers have drawn 2,032 or more fans to every game.
The Beavers return to action at 6 p.m. Friday in the opener of a three-game series with Washington State at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Game 2 is set for 2 p.m. Saturday; the series concludes at noon Sunday.
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