Beavs in unfamiliar place after loss

AND THEN THEY were tied. Oregon State fell back into a tie for the Pac-12 crown after losing to Washington 4-2 on Friday. It was the first time in over a month OSU had lost the first game of a three-game series.

Normal Friday starter Ben Wetzler did not pitch due to a five-game suspension retroactive to last Saturday. He is eligible to pitch Sunday's finale between the two schools.

Washington (38-11-1, 20-5) has now pulled even with the Beavers (39-9, 20-5) with two games left in the penultimate Pac-12 series of the regular season. The loss snapped the Beavers' win streak at 12.

Jace Fry, the normal Sunday starter, will start Saturday's game (4:00 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

The No. 5 Huskies on Friday took a 3-0 lead in the second inning and rebuffed several rallies to hand the No. 2-ranked Beavers (39-9, 20-5) the loss.

Washington starter Jared Fisher allowed two runs on five hits through six innings and got the decision as the Huskies won their ninth straight game. Reliever Trevor Dunlap had four strikeouts in the seventh and eighth innings and closer Troy Rallings pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

OSU starter Andrew Moore allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings and took the loss. Washington's insurance run in the eighth inning off reliever Brandon Jackson, was unearned.

The Beavers mounted several comeback attempts after falling behind 3-0 but were unable to pull even. They drew within 3-2 in the fifth inning on a single by Gabe Clark, a walk to Logan Ice, a sacrifice and a two-out, two run single by Trever Morrison. Jeff Hendrix followed with a single but the Beavers left runners at the corners.

OSU also had runners at the corners with two outs in the seventh on walks to Michael Howard and Morrison and a balk. However, Dunlap struck out Hendrix to end that threat, and also retired three straight Beavers to strand Andy Peterson in the eighth after he reached second on a leadoff single and throwing error.

Morrison tripled and singled and Peterson singled twice; they were the only Beavers with more than one hit. OSU left six runners on base, five in scoring position.

The season-high crowd of 3,309 raised the season total to 58,462 in 21 openings, an average of 2,784 per date. The Beavers have drawn at least 2,758 to every Pac-12 home game.

The series resumes at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at Goss Stadium, Game three is set for 3:05 p.m. Sunday. It is the Beavers' regular-season home finale -- they play a non-league contest at Oregon on Tuesday night and then go to Los Angeles for a Friday-Sunday series against USC.

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