BERKELEY, Calif. – Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis combined to drive in six runs as the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team opened its series at California with a 10-4 win Friday night at Evans Diamond.
Jeff Hendrix added a three-run home run in the ninth to help pace the Beavers to their eighth consecutive win over California.
Ben Wetzler ran with the lead – receiving it before even taking the mound - and kept Cal scoreless the first six innings before giving up a solo home run to Derek Campbell in the seventh. Wetzler picked up his eighth win with 7 2/3 innings of work, scattering five hits with six strikeouts.
Conforto opened the game’s scoring with a two-run double in the first, then watched as Davis took over. He drove in the Beavers’ third run on a sacrifice fly in the third, and cleared the bases with a three-run double in the seventh that pushed OSU’s lead to 6-0.
Conforto and Davis were a combined 2-for-7. The two keep pushing each other up the RBI ladder in the Pac-12. Davis is tops in the league with 51 while Conforto is close behind at 46.
Conforto is now tied with Joe Gerber for second-most in OSU history with 169. He needs four to tie Andy Jarvis for the program standard. Davis, meanwhile, is now seventh – surpassing Darwin Barney – with 138 for his career.
Hendrix and Michael Howard each had three hits for the Beavers, who collected 12 as a team. Hendrix set a career-best with three RBI and tied a career-high with four runs scored.
Peterson drove in the Beavers’ seventh run, on a triple in the eighth, then watched from the on deck single in the ninth as Hendrix hit his first career home run. It was a three-run shot and closed out the Beavers’ offensive night.
Conforto also made an outstanding defensive play in the fifth. Robbie Tenerowicz sent a line drive to left to open the inning, and Conforto leapt at the wall to rob the Cal second baseman of his second home run of the season.
Daulton Jefferies started and worked 6 1/3 innings for the Golden Bears. He took the loss to drop to 2-5 after allowing nine hits and six runs.
The win pushed the Beavers to 32-8 overall and 15-4 in Pac-12 Conference play on the year. Cal, meanwhile, dropped to 19-22 overall and 7-12 against league foes.
Oregon State and Cal continue the series Saturday. First pitch from Evans Diamond is slated for 6 p.m. PT. There will be no live video of the game. Fans can, however, find live audio and stats links by visiting osubeavers.com.
Over the air, tune into the Beaver Sports Network across the state of Oregon. Fans with satellite radio can also find the game on SiriusXM channel 91.
For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball or by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball.