Beavers Bust it Open in the 6th and Beat the Utes

Ben Wetzler got the call on opening of Pac-12 conference play and delivered with a two-hit, one-run allowed performance. The Beaver offense scored runs, but did get a substantial amount of help from the Utah defense on the way to the 6-1 win.

The game started off slowly, as both teams went through the lineups once with out getting a hit, but both teams earned a HBP with their respective number three batter. Wetzler was dealing, and would not allow a hit until the bottom of the 8th inning. The second time through the Beaver order, Oregon State started to get after Utah starter Mitch Watrous, who took the loss. The first to breakthrough was Michael Conforto who smacked his first home run of the year. Dylan Davis would continue the rally, with a single to left and moved to third on a Keyes single where he was thrown out at 2nd. He would get stranded at third though as Gabe Clark could bring him home.

Wetzler continued to pitch well although he got into a jam when he walked the leadoff runner in the bottom of the 5th, but he would escape the inning without giving up a run. The Beavs would then take control in the top of the 6th, with Conforto singling and moving to 2nd on a wild pitch. Davis singled and then on the next at bat the catcher missed on a pickoff attempt and Conforto would score. The Beavs would continue to hit Watrous, with Keyes earning a RBI, and then Watrous would miss the throw on a sac bunt laid down by Trever Morrison scoring the fourth run of the game. Caleb Hamilton would bring in two more and the Beavs would knock Watrous out of the game at that point. The inning would end on an interesting double steal call with Conforto at bat, but the damage had been done.

The Beavs would bang around the Utah reliever in the top of the 7th and the 8th innings, but would not be able to plate another run. Wetzler continued to pitch well into the 8th inning, but his no-hit bid would be broken up by Utah catcher Connor Armijo In the bottom of the 8th inning. The Utes would then score a run when Hunter Simmons thumped a double just over the head of Davis, but Wetzler got the next two batters out and ended the inning. The Beavs went down quietly in the 9th, and Scott Schutz came out of the bullpen to close out the game. He would allow a hit, but Morrison would get an unassisted double play which was followed by a strikeout, bringing Oregon State a win in the first game of the three game series.

Notes:

Michael Conforto now has 25 walks in 19 games.

Wetzler earned the win with 8 innings pitched, with 1 earned run, 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, and 3 Ks. He is also undefeated against Utah in his career.

Jeff Hendrix appeared after missing the last several games with a bad hamstring. He unfortunately did not get a hit however.

Catcher Logan Ice and Hendrix were the only starters not to get a hit.

Andrew Moore (1-1, 0.89) is expected to start tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 pm.

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