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3 Up, 3 Down: Beavs Sweep Utah

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The Beavs defeated the Utes for the third time in as many days, winning 8-0.

Fry delivered yet again with a 3-hit shutout.
Fry delivered yet again with a 3-hit shutout.
Andy Wooldridge

The Beavers jumped out to a quick lead, starting with three runs in the top of the 1st. A Morrison walk, a Peterson single and then Conforto brought them home with a single. Conforto would come in as well, on a Keyes double play. Fry would come on to start this game for the Beavs and started fast. He put the down the Utes in order until the third inning when he gave up his first of only three hits.

In the top of the second OSU would tack on another run when Trever Morrison would bring home the catcher Logan Ice, but that would be it for the Beavs until the 4th inning. The Beavs would score again in the 4th when Jerad Casper would score again off of a Morrison fielder's choice, which would chase the Utah starter, Tanner Banks, who would give up 6 earned runs in the game as he also got the next run from a double steal that scored Ice. The Beavs would add 2 insurance runs in the top of the 9th, but the game was already in hand by that point.

The Utes never threatened as Fry gave the Beavers another quality start, pitching a complete game shutout with 3 hits allowed, no walks, and 6 strikeouts. Only one of those hits was extra bases, which occured in third with two outs, and the inning ended with the next batter. That means only one runner in scoring position for the entire game for Fry. He was attacking the strike zone, with 60 strikes in only 89 pitches on the day. Fry is getting work done quickly and efficiently. The performance was a nice followup to his no-hitter against NIU last weekend.

Notes:

Coach Casey continued to mix up the lineup, with Jerad Casper replacing Caleb Hamilton at third and Nick Rulli subbing into the center field rotation. The batting order shifted with Hendrix out of the lineup, with Morrison and Andy Peterson moving to one and two respectively.

The top of the order was effective for the Beavs today with 7 hits and 5 RBI.

Conforto got another walk and a HBP. His totals are getting absurd.

As good as Conforto's approach has been all year, Davis' has been below expectations, and he added two more strikeouts today. He looks like has been chasing a lot this year, and hopefully he can continue to improve over the season.

The Beavers allowed 2 runs this series. Most programs would be happy to have any of the three OSU starters as their Friday starter.

The Beaver Baseball twitter gave some Wetzler stats the other day: 0.76 ERA and .093 average against.

Logan Ice also had a big day, going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored.