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It again takes a little time but OSU baseball downs Portland 8 to 4

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In a home game in Keizer, it was a game that felt fairly uneventful and in control for the #2 Oregon State Beavers early on. Oregon State had a 2 to 0 lead going into the seventh inning, but the Portland Pilots made things interesting by tying up the game 2 to 2. It then took another big inning by the OSU offense behind a Dylan Davis grand slam home run to cruise in for an 8 to 4 win.

Dylan Davis's grand slam home run helps lift the Oregon State Beavers over the Portland Pilots
Dylan Davis's grand slam home run helps lift the Oregon State Beavers over the Portland Pilots
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Dylan Davis had a huge night both pitching a shut out five innings in which he struck out five batters and only gave up one hit, and at bat Davis contributed five RBIs including a grand slam shot in the bottom of the seventh to give the Beavs a 6 to 2 lead.

Portland's starter Travis Radke gave Oregon State some trouble through his six innings, striking out seven but also did give up six hits and two runs.   It seemed like Radke was well settled in the mid innings of the game, but was replaced in the seventh.  Radke's relief then came in to hit three OSU batters loading the bases with two outs to then allow the Pac-12 RBI leader Davis to hit four more runs batted in to up his conference lead to 62 total.

The Beavers again overall played some stellar defense with spectacular catches by Nick Rulli in right field and Michael Conforto in left field, both of which helping the Beavs keep the Portland damage to a minimum.  The only spot on the defense was an error to lead off the top of the ninth inning, which did allow the Pilots to make a little noise at the end of the game scoring a couple of runs.   The OSU pitching was solid enough even with Trent Shelton giving up the two Pilots runs; Zach Reser, Max Engelbrekt, and Scott Schultz though all kept things well in control allowing for the Oregon State offense to step up its game in the later innings.

Reser got the win despite Davis doing the bulk of the work by virtue of being the pitcher of record when Davis homered to take control of the game.

Austin Kelly took the loss to drop to 1-6 for the Pilots, who fell to 11-38 for the season.

The offense did take a bit of time to get going, but the huge inning in the seventh was followed up by last week's Pac-12 player of the week Jeff Hendrix driving in another run on a triple, and then Conforto was able to hit in Hendrix on a single to increase the lead to 8 to 2.  In the end the Beavers scored a tidy 8 runs on 11 hits.

Oregon St. extended their winning streak over Portland to 21 games, dating to 2007, and equaling the series record for consecutive wins the Beavers established against the Pilots from 1959 through 1969.

It was a great baseball night with the sun finally coming out for a baseball game in the State of Oregon, which drew a near-sellout crowd of 4,226, and the Beavs with this mid-week win that extended their winning streak to 12 in a row go to 39 and 8, and now head into a huge series against the conference second place Washington Huskies.