BASEBALL: Beavs lose again at home to Cal Pol

IT'S A LONG BASEBALL season and there are sure to be ups and downs. That doesn't mean the down times are any easier to take. Oregon State has suddenly found themselves in a mini-slump after dropping Saturday's game to Cal Poly, their second straight home loss to a team that came into the series having lost twice as many games as they'd won.

And again, it wasn't close.

The 24th-ranked Beavers dropped a 7-2 decision to Cal Poly Saturday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Michael Howard and K.J. Harrison drove in solo runs in both the sixth and seventh innings but could not overcome a 3-0 deficit. Harrison’s infield single in the seventh made it 3-2 in favor of the Mustangs and Zack Zehner hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth to ice the game for Cal Poly (9-14).

Drew Rasmussen started for the Beavers (20-7) and went 7 1/3 innings in his fifth start. The freshman was tagged with the loss after allowing six hits and four runs. He dropped to 3-1 on the year.

The win went to Cal Poly starter Kyle Smith, who improved to just 2-4 in 2015. He held Oregon State to six hits and a run in five innings of work.

Cal Poly scored a solo run in the first, then added two more in the sixth for a 3-0 lead. The Beavers chipped away with a single by Howard in the sixth and an infield single by Harrison that barely beat the throw from short.

Harrison and Joe Gillette had two hits apiece in the loss.

Oregon State and Cal Poly complete the series Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. PT.

A free live video stream will be available on Fans can also catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn.

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