PULLMAN, Wash. – The sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped a 4-1 decision to Washington State to open a three-game series Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The Beavers were handcuffed by Washington State starter Joe Pistorese, managing four hits off the left-hander. Two, however, came with two down in the ninth on a single by Gabe Clark and double by Logan Ice. Pistorese, however, got Caleb Hamilton to ground out to end the game.
The Beavers (25-7 overall, 9-4 Pac-12 Conference) matched a Washington State first-inning run when Hamilton drove in Clark with a single in the second. Clark had singled with two down in the inning.
Clark finished with two hits to pace the Beavers.
Washington State, however, sent eight to the plate in the third, scoring three runs – only one earned – and was aided by two Oregon State errors. Nick Tanielu recorded the Cougars’ lone RBI in the inning with an infield single.
Ben Wetzler started and worked 5 1/3 innings and dropped to 6-1 on the year. He allowed six hits and four runs – two earned – while recording three strikeouts with six walks.
Pistorese went the distance for Washington State (16-14, 7-3), walking four in addition to his four hits allowed. He picked up the win to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Tanielu and Trek Stemp had two hits to pace the Cougars.
Oregon State and Washington State continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m. PT. Live audio, stats and video is available by visiting osubeavers.com.
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