Oregon State jumped to #2 in Baseball America’s Top 25 poll after sweeping in-state rival #19 Oregon over the weekend in Corvallis. The previously #5 Beavers outscored #19 Oregon 14-4 and dropped the Ducks out of the Top 25 for the first time in 2014.
The Beavers started their run with a 3-1 win on Friday, powered by lefty Ben Wetzler’s eight and a third scoreless innings. Wetlzer struck out seven on his way to a W and a place in Oregon State’s history books. Wetzler passed Ken Noble with his thirty-first career win, a new program record.
The senior lefty from Clackamas, OR holds a conference leading 0.78 ERA. While the Beavers were modestly adequate at the plate, freshman third baseman Caleb Hamilton slammed his first career home run in the 6th inning to give the Beavers a 3-1 advantage.
On Saturday, sophomore right-hander Andrew Moore, a North Eugene grad, tossed eight innings of two run ball, allowing four hits and striking out seven. Oregon State rallied all four of their runs in the 8th inning on back-to-back doubles from Dylan Davis and Caleb Hamilton.
Oregon State completed the sweep Sunday by tallying seven runs to pace a pitching masterpiece by Jace Fry. The junior southpaw from Beaverton, OR struck out eleven Ducks through eight innings, surrendering only one hit and one unearned run.
It was an important win for Fry, who a week earlier, had been knocked around by Sacramento State to the tune of three runs in four innings. The Beavers scored four runs in the first one and a third innings off Duck starter Trent Paddon, and never looked back.
The sweep marks the third by Oregon State over Oregon in Goss Stadium since Oregon’s reinstatement of baseball in 2009. The #2 Beavers hit the road this weekend to take on Cal (17-21) May 2-4 before facing Oregon in Eugene on May 6th.