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Beavers Down Bruins 4-1

Greg Peavey pitched a two-hit, six strikeout complete game to pick up the victory, and Parker Berberet delivered the victory with the bases loaded in the seventh inning with a three run double that broke open a 1-1 pitchers' duel.

Third ranked UCLA's Gerrit Cole brought in a perfect 6-0 record in seven starts, but struggled early, walking two of the first four Beaver batters, and also hit another to load the bases. It was Berberet who drew the walk to force in a run and give the Beavers a 1-0 lead.

The Bruins tied the game with a run in the fourth inning, and Cole was gone in the seventh, when the UCLA bullpen let him down.

The seventeenth ranked Beavers' right fielder Michael Miller led off the seventh inning with a double down the right field line off reliever Mitchell Beacom. Beacom then hit the next two OSU hitters, loading up the bases. Eric Goeddel came in, and Berberet delivered again, driving the double into left-center field, driving in all three runners.

"I was just sitting fastball somewhere up," Berberet said. "I got one in and a little bit over the plate and got a double."

Peavey cruised the rest of the way to his second complete game win of the season, getting the Bruins in order in the eighth and ninth innings. Peavey set down 16 of the last 17 UCLA batters, dating back to the fourth inning.

"At the beginning, I was really feeling for it and my defense really picked me up then by making every play," Peavey said. "I couldn't miss ove the plate or they were going to make me pay like they did early on a couple balls to the warning track. Once I started hitting my spots and getting ahead early, it really paid dividends."

"Believing you're a Friday night guy and going out and pitching on Friday night are two different things," Beavers coach Pat Casey noted. "I thought Greg threw the ball where he wanted to tonight. He mixed his pitches, and he competed his tail off. He's got great stuff, and he is starting to believe. Sometimes you have got to have some success in order to trust your stuff."

 

UCLA dropped their second consecutive game, and three of their last four, and fell to (23-3, 2-2).

Oregon St. (20-6, 3-1) moved into second in the Pac-10 race, a half game behind Arizona St., but with three games in hand. The Sun Devils fell 7-2 at Washington St. Friday night.

 

The series resumes this afternoon at 2 PM.

 

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com