Baseball: Beavs bounce back with big win

No. 5 OREGON STATE RESPONDED in a big way on Saturday, evening the series with WSU with 16 hits off five Washington State pitchers. Gabe Clark set a career-high with four hits, Michael Conforto had three and Dylan Davis, Kavin Keyes and Caleb Hamilton all finished with two apiece in a 12-5 win over the Cougs. OSU now goes for the series win on Sunday.

Clark drove in four runs in six plate appearances. He singled twice and doubled twice, and also tied his season-best with four RBI.

Davis and Keyes also drove in three runs apiece as the team's Nos. 4, 5 and 6 batters in the lineup combined to 8-for-13 with three extra-base hits, four runs scored and 10 RBI.

Oregon State scored first, in the second, when Hamilton stroked a single to center. WSU, however, answered with two in the bottom half of the frame.

The Beavers answered right back with a three-run third. Davis drove in the first run by walking on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded. Clark, the next batter, grounded a bases-loaded single to left, enabling Andy Peterson and Conforto to score.

Up 4-3 after four, the Beavers scored two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to go up 8-3. In the fifth, the runs came via a sacrifice fly off the bat of Keyes and by a hit by pitch of Trever Morrison.

Conforto and Davis singled and doubled, respectively, to open the sixth. Conforto scored on a sac fly by Clark and Davis came in to score when Keyes singled to right.

OSU broke the game open with a four-run seventh. Davis blooped in a single for two runs and Clark and Keyes each drove in solo runs to put the Beavers up 12-5.

Andrew Moore worked 5 2/3 innings in a start for the Beavers. He allowed 11 hits and five runs before being relieved by Zack Reser with runners on first and second in the sixth.

Moore picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the year.

Zack Reser came on and worked a near perfect 4 1/3 innings of relief of Moore to earn his first save. The left-hander allowed one hit and hit two batters.

Washington State (16-15, 7-4) starter Tanner Chleborad was tagged for eight hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings. He took the loss to fall to 2-3 this season.

The teams finish the series Sunday with a noon start at Bailey-Brayton Field. Live audio, stats and video can be found by visiting

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