BASEBALL: Beavs top Ducks

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ryan Dunn drove in two runs and Tony Bryant and Matt Boyd combined for 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief in a 4-1 victory over Oregon Tuesday night at Goss Stadium.

"Obviously, we are very happy with this win," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "We played very balanced tonight and got a great night from our three pitchers – Scott (Schultz), Matt and Tony. Offensively, we started off strong and didn't get much going toward the end but were able to hang on."

Oregon State improved to 10-2 against Oregon since the Ducks reinstated their program in 2009. Boyd shut the door on the Ducks with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, picking up his first save of the season after giving up just one hit. The lefty inherited a bases-loaded situation in the seventh and forced the Ducks the strand three runners with a strikeout and fly out to right.

Scott Schultz made his first career start – and third appearance – on Tuesday and worked 4 1/3 innings, coming out to applause from the 2,216 in attendance at Goss Stadium. Schultz threw 59 pitches, allowing four hits and a run. The righty did not walk a batter – but did hit two – nor did he post a strikeout.

Schultz, however, did not get the decision after failing to go five full innings, the requirement for a decision.

The decision, instead, went to Bryant who came on in relief of Schultz in the fifth. Bryant was effective in two innings, allowing just a hit and two walks while striking out four. He did not allow a run to improve to 2-0 this season.

Alex Keudell took the loss for Oregon. The righty worked 4 1/3 innings to match Schultz and allowed eight hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts. He dropped to 1-2 this season.

Dunn produced half of Oregon State's runs. He drove in his first run of the game with an infield single to short in the third, beating out the throw from shortstop KC Serna. His second RBI came on a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth.

That second RBI gave the Beavers breathing room after Oregon's Marcus Piazzisi drove in the Ducks' only run of the game on a groundout to second, putting the Beavers then at a 3-1 advantage.

Andrew Susac, who finished with a team-best two hits, drove in the Beavers' first run of the game in the first. With Garrett Nash at third after a leadoff double – and who moved to third when Max Gordon posted a sacrifice bunt – Susac singled up the middle.

Oregon State made it 2-0 in the third when Gordon, who had singled and eventually made it to third, scored on a wild pitch out of the hand of Keudell. Dunn later made it 3-1 in the third on the infield single, scoring Danny Hayes.

The win marked the Beavers' fifth consecutive over Oregon and the first by more than one run. It also pushed Oregon State's record to 10-3 this season and the Beavers have the longest active Pacific-10 Conference win streak at seven games.

The Ducks, meanwhile, dropped to 5-7 this season.

Oregon State wraps up its homestand with four games this weekend against New Mexico State and VMI. The Beavers host New Mexico State first, on Friday, starting at 5:35 p.m. PT.

Catch the game on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). For updates throughout the day, follow the official Oregon State baseball Twitter page by going to www.twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball. For tickets to the game, visit the ticket office at Gill Coliseum, call 1-800-GOBEAVS or visit osubeavers.com.

OREGON STATE NOTES: The game marked the first of five this season between the teams … The clubs also meet May 3 in Corvallis in a non-conference game and in a three-game series in Eugene starting May 27 … That series closes out the 2011 regular season … Oregon State's solo run in the first gave the Beavers a 14-5 advantage in first innings this season … OSU was outscored by its opponents in the first inning last season, 36-34 … It ended a streak of four-straight wins by the Beavers that all came by one run … Tony Bryant's two walks were his first of the season … In 35 2/3 innings in two seasons with OSU, he has walked just seven while striking out 35 … Oregon State improved to 10-3 for the second consecutive season … Bryant and Matt Boyd's 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief pushed the Beavers' bullpen ERA to 2.65 this season … OSU's relievers have allowed 15 earned runs in 51 innings … Five of the team's 10 victories this season have also come by the bullpen.

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