PULLMAN, Wash. – Jace Fry held Washington State to three hits and a run over eight innings and Michael Conforto drove in three runs on the strength of three hits as the Beavers claimed the three-game series with an 8-1 win over the Cougars on Sunday.
Fry, making his ninth start of the season, got out of two bases-loaded jams and held Washington State to 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. He gave way to Scott Schultz to open the bottom half of the ninth.
Fry improved to 7-1 after striking out six while walking five.
Conforto, meanwhile, paced an Oregon State offense that rapped out 11 hits against the Cougars. Andy Peterson, Jeff Hendrix and Dylan Davis all recorded two hits apiece with the latter two also driving in two runs.
The Beavers totaled 27 hits over the last two games of the series after finishing with four in game one.
The Beavers (27-7 overall, 11-4 Pac-12 Conference) jumped on Washington State starter Jason Monda for two runs in the first inning to open the game’s scoring. Hendrix singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Peterson, and scored when Conforto singled up the middle. Conforto scored when Davis skipped one through the right side of the infield.
Monda settled in the next three innings but OSU utilized a two-out rally in the fifth to push its lead to 4-0. Logan Ice and Trever Morrison gave the Beavers runners on the corners with consecutive singles, and Hendrix drove them in with a double to left that landed on the warning track.
Oregon State blew the game open in the seventh, scoring four runs with two outs. Conforto highlighted the inning with a two-run single and Davis and Peterson also drove in solo runs on singles.
Monda worked five innings for the Cougars, and scattered seven hits and four runs. The lefty took the loss to drop to 1-3 on the year.
The Beavers will now enjoy a week off before resuming action April 21 against Sacramento State. The two-game series will open that Monday at Raley Field, the Triple-A home of the Sacramento RiverCats, at 6:30 p.m. Game two is slated for Tuesday, April 22 at the Hornets’ on-campus stadium, John Smith Field. The finale starts at 1 p.m.
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