The two wins Saturday give the Beavers a series victory and OSU goes for the four-game sweep Sunday. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. PT.
The Beavers took the first game on the strength of a two-run home run by Gabe Clark in the third inning that gave the Beavs a 4-1 lead. The Beavers had scored in the first when Fresno State committed an error followed by a Kyle Nobach sacrifice fly.
After Fresno State pulled to within two, the Beavers stretched the lead out again in the eighth when Joey Jansen scored on a throwing error by pitcher Rickey Ramirez.
The win went to Drew Rasmussen, who started and worked 7 1/3 innings. The freshman, making his second career start, improved to 2-0. He scattered eight hits, allowing two runs with five strikeouts.
Mitch Hickey earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
In the second game, the Beaver bats decided things early and often. Jeff Hendrix led Oregon State with four runs batted in while K.J. Harrison homered and doubled. Gabe Clark recorded four hits to pace the Beavers, who tallied 16 base knocks off four Fresno State pitchers.
Already up 3-0 after two innings, the Beavers sent 12 batters to the plate in an eight-run third inning and coasted from there.
Harrison hit his sixth home run of the season in the first inning. It was Oregon State’s 20th jack of the season – pushing the Beavers one shy of the team mark from last year.
Harrison’s round-tripper was the club’s first in the first inning this season.
Clark, Hendrix, Trever Morrison and Christian Donahue all had doubles in the win.
Travis Eckert started for the Beavers and went 8 2/3 innings for his second victory of the 2015 season. The Oregon State right-hander gave up only four hits and two runs while striking out five.
On the day, the OSU staff combined for 18 innings of work, allowing 13 hits and four runs with 11 strikeouts.
The big takeaway though: control. Five pitchers – Rasmussen, Eckert, Hickey, Luke Heimlich and Zack Reser – combined to walk just one FSU batter.
OSU and Fresno State conclude their four-game series Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. PT first pitch at Goss Stadium. A limited number of tickets remains for the finale which can be purchased by visiting BeaverTickets.com or at the stadium ticket office, which will open at 11 a.m.
The game can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network in addition to TuneIn and osubeavers.com.
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