SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Dylan Davis tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings and drove in four runs to send the fifth-ranked Oregon State baseball team to an 8-1 win over Sacramento State Tuesday afternoon at John Smith Field.
The junior worked 4 1/3 innings in just his second appearance of the season on the mound, and allowed one hit with four walks while striking out three. He was relieved by Zack Reser with the bases loaded in the fifth and the lefty proceeded to get a strikeout and groundout to keep Davis’ scoreless outing intact.
That was the pitching aspect of Davis’ afternoon. He was stellar offensively as well.
He opened the game’s scoring with a two-run shot to left that bounced off the bottom part of a parking garage. Michael Conforto set up the home run with a two-out walk coming on a 3-1 pitch.
Davis added to the lead with a third-inning single. Andy Peterson reached on a bunt and moved to third when Nick Rulli doubled down the right field line. Davis fouled off three straight pitches to even the count at two, then found a spot in shallow center for a two-run single.
Up 5-0 entering the seventh, the Beavers (28-8 overall) tacked on three more for extra breathing room. Jeff Hendrix drove in two on a deep double to center and Jerad Casper reached on a one-out fielder’s choice for an unearned run, giving OSU the 8-0 advantage.
Reser picked up the win after 4 1/3 innings of work, improving to 4-0 on the year. He allowed four hits and a run – his first of the year – for the win.
Rulli, Davis and Ice all had two hits to pace the offense.
The Beavers handed Sacramento State (25-16) starter Sam Long his first loss of the season. The lefty worked two innings and allowed one hit and two runs – the Davis home run – to fall to 5-1 in 2014.
The Beavers return to Goss Stadium this weekend to host Oregon in the Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores. First pitch of the series Friday is slated for 7:05 p.m. PT and will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The series is sold out but a limited number of tickets for all three games may be made available to the general public starting at noon Friday. Call 1-800-GOBEAVS or follow the team’s official Twitter at Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball for updates.
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