Baseball: Beavs' deficit too much to overcome

OREGON STATE fell behind 9-2 and though they clawed back some, it was too much to overcome in a 9-6 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday at Surprise Stadium. Trever Morrison reached base safely five times and Gabe Clark hit his first home run of the season in the loss.

Luke Heimlich started and took the loss for the Beavers. The lefty went five innings, allowing eight hits and nine runs (eight earned). Oklahoma's starter allowed five hits and two runs in five innings andracked up 12 strikeouts.

Clark’s three-run home run pulled the Beavers to within three, 9-5, in the seventh, and he added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 9-6. But Oklahoma’s Sheldon Neuse came in to close the door on the Beavers with 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the save.

Morrison set a career-high with four hits, including a double, and he also walked to reach base safely in all five plate appearances. He paced an OSU offense that rapped out 12 hits off four Oklahoma pitchers.

Caleb Hamilton also had three hits for the Beavers, while Clark’s four RBI paced OSU (4-3 overall). The Sooners (5-4), meanwhile, were led offensively by Neuse and Anthony Hermelyn, who had two hits apiece. Oklahoma ended the game with four triples, matching the Beavers’ output from a night before.

OSU went up 1-0 in the first on a wild pitch, but watched as the Sooners took a 4-1 lead. A third-inning double pulled OSU to within two, 4-2 but the Sooners scored the next five runs for a 9-2 lead and effectively put the game out of reach.

Oregon State finishes play in Surprise Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. PT game against Kansas. Fans can follow the game live with audio and stats at osubeavers.com or on TuneIn.com.


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