No. 3 Baseball Wins Series Opener, 10th Straight Game
April 21, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Parker Berberet doubled home two in the Beavers' three-run seventh and James Nygren worked eight innings to pace the No. 3 Oregon State baseball team to a 4-2 series-opening win over Washington State Thursday night at Goss Stadium.
Berberet drove home Luke Acosta and Ryan Dunn with a double to right center with no outs in the bottom of the seventh to break a 1-1 stalemate and send the Beavers to their 10th consecutive win, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
"Parker saw a pitch he liked and drove it to the best spot he could have," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Overall, this was a solid effort against a team that is very solid. Washington State is a tough club and has always played us well."
Nygren worked eight innings in his ninth appearance and fifth start of the season. He scattered two runs - the first coming on a fourth-inning solo home run by Derek Jones - and seven hits while striking out a personal-best eight.
He threw his fourth quality start of the season and in the process improved to 6-1 this season.
The Beavers (28-7 overall, 9-1 Pacific-10 Conference) scored their first run of the game in the first when Kavin Keyes, who saw his 14-game hit streak snapped, lofted a fly to right that was dropped by Jones. Brian Stamps, who had doubled to open the inning, scored from third.
Jones' homer pushed it to a 1-1 game but the Beavers' three runs in the seventh gave them the lead for good. Dunn led off the inning with a single, and moved to third when Acosta doubled down the left field line. That led to Berberet's double on a 3-2 pitch off Conley, who took the loss and dropped to 4-5 this season.
Conley allowed five hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Berberet scored the Beavers' final run in the inning when Stamps reached on an infield single.
Tony Bryant, who earlier in the day was named to the NCBWA's Stopper of the Year Watch List, picked up the final three outs in the ninth, quelling a Washington State (14-18, 2-11) rally that saw the Cougars score one run and place a runner at second. It was Bryant's sixth save of the season.
Berberet and Stamps both had two hits to lead the Beavers, who finished with six off three Washington State pitchers.
Jones and Taylor Ard each had two hits for the Cougars.
Oregon State and Washington State continue their three-game series Friday night starting at 5:35 p.m. PT.
Catch the game on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). For updates throughout the day, follow the official Oregon State baseball Twitter page by going to www.twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball.
For tickets to the series, go online at osubeavers.com, call the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GOBEAVS or visit the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum. The ticket booth at Goss Stadium opens 2 ½ hours before first pitch.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The Beavers on the opening game of a series for the third consecutive series and in the eighth of nine this season ... Kavin Keyes saw his hit streak snapped at 14 games ... The Beavers became the nation's first team with two win streaks of 10 or more games ... OSU won 12 straight from Feb. 27 to March 19 ... That streak tied for the longest under head coach Pat Casey ... OSU improved to 8-1 when opponents start a left-hander ... The Beavers also improved to 7-5 in night games and 5-1 at home.
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