A stunner in Corvallis

IT CAME OUT of nowhere. Oregon State, paced by a five-spot in the first inning, was just cruising along it seemed. But WSU somehow scored a combined eight runs in the eighth and ninth innings to force extra innings. And OSU then ultimately lost, 10-9 in 11 innings, in the opening-game of the three-game series at Goss Stadium.

The loss spoiled a fine effort from Matt Boyd, who started for the Beavers but did not figure in the decision after going seven innings. He struck out seven and allowed four hits and one run.

The loss also prevented the Beavers from clinching a share of the Pac-12 title and the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship.

WSU's Jason Monda scored from second base on an error from the Beavs' second baseman Andy Peterson in the top of the eleventh, snapping a 9-9 tie and giving the Cougars the come-from-behind victory. Oregon State committed four errors in the game.

Oregon State had lead 7-0 after five innings and took a 9-5 lead into the ninth before four unlikely runs from WSU. Monda tied the game with a two-run, one-out home run in the ninth.

Max Engelbrekt took the loss to drop to 3-1 this season. He allowed two hits and one run in two innings. Reliever J.D. Leckenby earned the win for the Cougars (23-30 overall, 9-19 Pac-12 Conference), improving to 2-3. He allowed four hits in three innings.

The Beavers (43-10, 22-6) loaded the bases in the eleventh off Leckenby but Jake Rodriguez hit into a 6-4-3 double play. A double play also ended the Beavs' inning in the tenth.

Andy Peterson and Kavin Keyes each had three hits for the Beavers, who tallied 14 to Washington State's 13. Keyes hit a solo home run in the fifth.

Dylan Davis drove in three to pace Oregon State. He scored two with a single in the first, which helped the Beavers to the early 5-0 lead.

Oregon State and Washington State continue their series Saturday with a 1:05 p.m. PT first pitch at Goss Stadium. The game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.

It's a must-win, with the Beavs' lead in the Pac-12 standings now down to one game.


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