Resilient Beavs even series with Ducks

OREGON STATE responded immediately. Oregon had erased any good feelings from a first-inning run, scoring two in their half. That's when K.J. Harrison’s three-run double in the second inning proved to be the game winner as the Oregon State baseball team defeated Oregon, 4-2, Saturday night at PK Park.

The win evened the series at one game apiece with the finale set for Sunday at 2:05 p.m. PT. OSU improved to 23-10, 6-5 in Pac-12 Conference play. The Ducks dropped to 20-16 overall and 3-8 against conference foes.

Harrison drilled a 2-2 pitch from Oregon starter David Peterson over Phil Craig-St. Louis’ head in left to score three and re-take the lead. The Beavers had opened the game’s scoring on a fielder’s choice by Kyle Nobach but Oregon went up 2-1 in the bottom half of the first on a fielder’s choice and a balk.

Drew Rasmussen struggled early in that first inning but settled in and tossed a quality start. The freshman worked 6 1/3 innings, scattering three hits with four strikeouts. The righty got the win to improve to 4-2 on the year.

Mak Fox was sharp in relief of Rasmussen. The sophomore came on with one out in the seventh and closed the game out for his first career save. He did not allow a hit, issued one walk and struck out three to close the door on the Ducks.

OSU had six hits against Peterson and four Oregon relievers in a game that, apart from the first inning and a half, was dominated by pitching. Harrison was the lone Beaver with two hits as he also singled in the fourth inning.

Oregon tallied three hits against Rasmussen and Fox. In two games spanning 17 2/3 innings, the Ducks have five hits against Beaver pitchers.

Oregon State and Oregon conclude the series Sunday afternoon at PK Park.

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