Danny Hayes drove in the first run of the game in the 8th inning. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)
Matt Boyd threw 8.1 innings of shutout baseball in a 2-0 Oregon State victory.
Aztec starter, and eventual tough-luck loser, Philip Walby stifled the Beaver offense until the 8th inning, when the Beavers put up the only 2 runs that would be scored on Friday night. Those 2 were plenty for Matt Boyd, making just his 4th career start, who didn't allow a run in his 8.1 innings of work.
The Beavers had 6 baserunners before Michael Conforto got Oregon State's first hit of the night with one out in the 6th inning. While they couldn't push a run across in that frame, it was a sign that Walby was getting a bit more hittable as the night went on. Walby struck out 9 Beavers over his 7.1 innings of work while surrendering 5 hits and issuing 4 free passes in the form of 2 walks and 2 hit batsmen.
Meanwhile, Matt Boyd was dominating the Aztec batters. He retired the side in order in the 1st and 2nd inning, before getting into some trouble in the 3rd. After two hits to start the inning, San Diego St. had runners at 1st and 3rd with nobody out. However the Beavs got a strike-em-out, throw-em-out (apparently the Aztecs didn't get the scouting report on Jake Rodriguez) double play that preceded a groundball to first to end the inning. After that, Boyd settled down and retired the next 9 batters he faced. In the 7th Boyd once again ran into some trouble. The Aztecs loaded the bases with 2 outs, but once again Boyd got out of it, this time with a fielders choice groundball to shortstop Tyler Smith.
It was clear from the start of the 8th inning that Walby wasn't the same pitcher he was to start the game. Max Gordon started the inning off with a rocket down the left field line for a single, one of the best swings the Beavers had taken against Walby up to that point. Gordon was on third with 2 outs when Danny Hayes hit a clutch RBI-single into left-center field. After moving to third on an error, it was Dylan Davis' turn to get a hit down the left field line, scoring Hayes in the process. That was a knockout blow to Walby, who threw 118 pitches.
Boyd gave up a single but nothing more in the bottom half of the 8th, and induced a groundout with his 117th pitch of the night, before head coach Pat Casey replaced the senior leader with Scott Schultz. Boyd finished with 9 strikeouts, and gave up just 5 hits, earning his second win on the young season. It took Schultz just 6 pitches to get the save.
The Beavers stay undefeated (6-0), and look to do the same Saturday at 1 P.M.. The pitching matchup in that one will be Andrew Moore (1-0, 1.69) for the Beavers against Ryan Doran (1-0, 3.00) for the Aztecs.