Baseball: Beavs win in dramatic fashion

THEY SAY PINCH HITTING is one of the hardest things to do in baseball. Oregon State's Billy King made it look easy. King’s two-out pinch hit single in the bottom of the ninth sent the Oregon State baseball team to a 10-9 win over Kansas State Friday at Surprise Stadium in Arizona.

King, pinch hitting for Kyle Nobach, laced an 0-1 pitch from reliever Kyle Halbohn into left field, enabling Christian Donahue to come in from third with the game-winning run. Donahue was pinch running for Gabe Clark, who opened the inning with a single. Donahue moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Logan Ice and to third on a groundout by Caleb Hamilton.

The win was already Oregon State’s third in the Beavers’ final at bat this season. OSU (4-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the strength of six-run second inning that was punctuated by K.J. Harrison’s third home run of the season.

That lead, however, did not last as Kansas State (3-3) answered with two in the third and five runs in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead. A Jeff Hendrix triple and sac fly by Scotland Church in the sixth pushed the Beavers back out in front with an 8-7 advantage that went to 9-7 when Ice singled home a run in the seventh.

The Wildcats then scored two off OSU reliever Mitch Hickey in the ninth to tie things up, leading to King’s game winner in the bottom half of the inning. Hickey, who went one inning as the Beavers’ sixth pitcher of the game, improved to 2-0 on the year. Kansas State’s Jordan Floyd took the loss to drop to 1-2 on the season.

The Beavers tied a school record with four triples in the game -- one apiece from Hendrix, Clark, Morrison and Hamilton. Overall, Oregon State rapped out 14 hits to the Wildcats’ 13.

Hendrix led the Beavers with three hits, while Harrison, Clark, Ice and Morrison all had two. Hendrix, Harrison and Morrison all drove in two runs for the Beavers.

The Beavers play again Saturday when taking on Oklahoma at Surprise Stadium. First pitch is scheduled to get underway at noon PT (1 p.m. in Arizona). Fans can follow live stats by visiting osubeavers.com and hear live audio on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn.


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