It wasn't a pretty start for the Beavs, who fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, concerning some of the crowd of 3,209 on hand on the sunny Sunday Mothers' Day afternoon. But they made up for that and then some in the late innings, on their way to their third consecutive weekend sweep, and 11th straight win. They move to 20-5 on the season, a full game ahead of the 2nd place Washington Huskies, the Beavs' Pac-12 opponent next weekend.
Sunday starter Jace Fry, who often looks more like a Friday starter, wasn't sharp to start the game, and the Bruins scored 2 runs in the first on a walk, bunt single, and triple. He also hit a batter in the 2nd inning, but settled down nicely after that, ending his day with just 4 hits surrendered over 8 innings. He picked up 7 strikeouts and walked 2 Bruins.
The Bruins starter Cody Poteet also pitched well, keeping the Beavers in check for the majority of his 6+ innings. In the 3rd inning, he did cough up the lead he was staked to by giving up a Logan Ice single, Caleb Hamilton fielders' choice, and Jeff Hendrix game-tying home run. He gave up 6 total hits and 3 walks, but he made big pitches when he needed to to keep the Beavs from scoring.
The game changed in the bottom half of the 7th, as Poteet was replaced after issuing a leadoff walk to Trevor Morrison. Designated hitter Nick Kern, who'd already driven in UCLA's 2 runs on the day, took over and gave up a single to Jeff Hendrix, his 3rd hit of the day. Andy Peterson did what he does best by putting down an RBI-bunt single. Michael Conforto, searching for his first hit of the series, hit it in a big way, with a 3-run homer down the right field line that gave him RBIs 173 through 175, moving him into first place for a career at Oregon State.
The Beavs weren't done, though, as Gabe Clark doubled with one-out, whose pinch-runner Caylen Clardy scored on a Logan Ice single, who finished the day 4-5 with an RBI. Michael Howard also walked in the inning and scored on a Trevor Morrison sacrifice fly. Jeff Hendrix wasn't so lucky in his 2nd at-bat of the inning, striking out to end the 6-run frame.
Oregon State tacked on 3 more in the 8th, thanks to more great performances from the top of the lineup. Peterson led off with a double, and Conforto wasted no time extending his RBI-record, depositing one over the right-center field fence. Dylan Davis, not to be outdone, followed that up by smashing a home-run of his own to left field on a belt-high fastball. That finished a very impressive day for the Beavs' top 4 batters, who went 8-19 with 7 runs, 11 RBIs, and 4 HR's. Conforto's record-setting 2 HR, 5 RBI performance certainly shone through.
Max Engelbrekt got the first out of the 9th and Brandon Jackson recorded the final 2, completing the sweep of the Bruins.
The Beavs have a midweek matchup on the road against Portland before returning home to face the 2nd-place Huskies. Go Beavs!