BASEBALL: No. 2 Beavs on a serious roll

TEN GAME WIN STREAKS are rare in college baseball. So are 10 straight Pac-12 wins. The Beavers accomplished both, and extended their lead over second-place Washington (.826-.792), in their bid to repeat as Pac-12 champions.

First baseman Gabe Clark drove in four runs and No. 2-ranked Oregon State defeated UCLA 9-3 on Saturday night at Goss Stadium to clinch the series. OSU also won the opener, 4-2 on Friday night.

Oregon State is now 12-1 in their last 13 games and 17-2 in their last 19 contests.

Clark singled twice and had a sacrifice fly in matching his career high for RBIs. Center fielder Jeff Hendrix added three singles, three runs and two stolen bases and Dylan Davis and Trever Morrison drove in two runs apiece for the Beavers. Davis, who doubled, singled, scored and stole a base, leads the Pac-12 with 56 RBIs; he also led the league in 2013, with 61.

The Beavers never trailed in defeating the Bruins (23-24-1, 10-13) for the fourth time in a row over the past two seasons. But the outcome was in doubt until the seventh inning.

Clark drove in two runs with a two-out single in the first inning for a 2-0 advantage and starter Andrew Moore and three relievers kept UCLA in arrears the rest of the way. Moore struck out three, did not issue a walk and is 3-0 with two no-decisions and a 3.06 ERA in his last five starts.

Designated hitter Nick Rulli added two singles and an RBI and second baseman Andy Peterson scored twice, stole a base and had two sacrifices.

Moore allowed three runs and 10 hits through 6 2/3 innings before being relieved with the bases loaded and a 4-2 lead. A hit batsman drove in one run to trim the lead to 4-3, but reliever Brandon Jackson struck out pinch-hitter Nick Kern to end the threat.

And then the Beavers scored five times in the bottom half to break it open.

UCLA, 1-8-1 in its last 10 games, drew within one run three times (2-1, 3-2, 4-3) but the Beavers responded with runs of their own every time to maintain at least a two-run cushion. They have now won four consecutive series against UCLA and are 8-3 in the rivalry since 2011.

A crowd of 3,056 raised the season total to 51,944 in 19 openings, an average of 2,734 per date. The Beavers have drawn 2,032 or more fans to every game.

The series concludes at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. The scheduled starters are righty Cody Poteet (3-3, 3.90) for the Bruins and lefty Jace Fry (9-1, 1.59), the current Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and one of the hottest pitchers in all of college baseball, for the Beavers.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Following Sunday's game, the Beavers will meet Portland at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer. Starters for that game are TBA.

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