Beavs look for series win, Casey milestone

OREGON STATE GOES for their seventh Pac-12 series win of the season on Sunday on the road in Pullman. A win would also mark another milestone in the stories career of OSU skipper Pat Casey.

After easily winning the Friday opener 10-2, Oregon State looked poised to make it two in a row after Tyler Smith had tied Saturday's tilt for the Beavers in the ninth on a two-out double down the left field line.

But light hitting P.J. Jones hit a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, his first collegiate home run, to send WSU to a 9-5 win over the 23rd-ranked Oregon State baseball team Saturday in Pullman.

Danny Hayes led the Beavers offensively with three hits and extended his hit streak to eight games in the process.

Hayes homered for the second consecutive game in the first inning to put the Beavers up 2-0, then singled home Oregon State's (34-18 overall, 14-12 Pac-12 Conference) third run of the game with a single in the third. He also singled in the eighth to tally his third hit of the game.

Jake Rodriguez drove in the Beavers' fourth run of the game in the sixth with a single to left.

Jace Fry made the start for the Beavers, and did not get the decision after allowing five runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs in the first – two on a single by Taylor Ard and a third on a groundout by Tommy Richards.

Washington State (26-25, 11-15) took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on a passed ball then retook the lead in the sixth, 5-4, when Jason Monda singled home PJ Jones from second.

J.D. Leckenby started for the Cougars and did not figure in the decision after scattering six hits and four runs in six innings.

The loss went to Scott Schultz, who was responsible for two of the four runners on the grand slam. He dropped to 3-1 this season.

Oregon State and Washington State play the series finale Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for noon PT.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Pat Casey picked up win No. 612 on Friday and can tie Jack Riley for the most wins in an OSU uniform with a victory Sunday.

  • Casey has a 612-373-4 (.621) record in 18 seasons at Oregon State.

  • The Beavers are going for their seventh Pac-12 series victory on Sunday. OSU is 6-3 in Pac-12 series this season.

  • Oregon State was 7-2 in Pac-12 series when finishing in a tie for second in the conference in 2011.


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