SAN DIEGO – The 2nd-ranked Oregon State baseball team scored seven runs in the fourth inning Friday night at Fowler Park to defeat San Diego, 14-5, evening the series with the host Toreros.
The win sent Oregon State to a 22-3 mark this season and broke a four-game losing streak to San Diego for the Beavers, who last won defeated the Toreros in 2005. San Diego, meanwhile, dropped to 17-10 this season.
Oregon State sent 10 to the plate in the fourth, scoring the seven runs on the strength of five hits, two San Diego errors and three wild pitches. All seven runs were scored with one out and five were credited to Torero starter Dylan Covey as USD used three pitchers during the frame.
The seven runs are a season-high for an inning for the Beavers and Oregon State batted around for the ninth time this season.
Jeff Hendrix, Dylan Davis, Kavin Keyes and Jake Rodriguez all drove in runs in the inning, which put the Beavers up 10-3 after the clubs battled to a 3-3 tie through the game’s first three innings.
“I’m happy with the way we rebounded tonight,” Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. “We were focused offensively and took advantage of situations. Tomorrow will be a big game as we go for the series win.”
All nine Oregon State starters finished with one hit as the Beavers finished with a season-high 18 as a team. Rodriguez and Danny Hayes paced the club with three apiece while Hendrix, Davis, Keyes, Ryan Barnes and Michael Conforto all had two.
Matt Boyd was the recipient of the offensive attack and got the win to improve to 6-0 this season. The left-handed starter worked five innings, scattering four hits and three runs. He walked four and struck out three in his seventh start of the season.
Andrew Moore worked his first game in relief this season and claimed the save after going four scoreless innings.
The Beavers got to Covey for nine hits and eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. Oregon State chased the righty after he threw 76 pitches, handing him the loss. He dropped to 1-3 on the year.
Oregon State opened the game’s scoring with a three-run first. Conforto drove in two with a single up the middle and Hayes drove in the inning’s third run on a single. San Diego answered with a two-run first on a Kris Bryant home run and tied the game at three on a squeeze by Lucas Hagberg in the second.
Oregon State’s win evened the series and the clubs will play the rubber match Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.