Baseball: A wild one ends in disappointment

OREGON STATE HASN'T put up a lot of crooked numbers on the baseball scoreboard this season. You wouldn't have known it by Sunday, when the Beavs plated a half dozen runs in the third inning at Oregon to take a 9-3 lead. But rather than OSU cruising from there, things were just getting started.

The Ducks scored three runs in each of their next two frames, tying the score at 9-9 after four innings. And then it stayed that way until the eighth.

Unfortunately for the Beavs, it was the Ducks who pushed a run across to take a 10-9 lead. Oregon State got a man on with one out in the ninth but could do no more, losing the game and the series.

Jeff Hendrix and Kyle Nobach each drove in two runs.

Hendrix went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Nobach singled twice in the loss. The Beavers (23-11 overall, 6-6 Pac-12 Conference) tallied 12 hits but so did the Ducks (21-16, 4-8), including the game-winning single in the eighth by Phil Craig-St. Louis.

The Beavers scored three in the second and pushed across six in the third to go up 9-3. Hendrix drove in two and Nobach and Elliott Cary also drove in runs during the six-run third.

Oregon answered with a pair of three-run home runs – in the third by Brandon Cuddy and in the fourth by St. Louis.

Luke Heimlich took the loss to drop to 1-5 on the year. Coming on in the seventh to replace Kevin Flemer, he allowed one hit and one unearned run in 1 1/3 innings.

Both starters retired just six batters apiece. Travis Eckert scattered seven hits and five runs while Conor Harber allowed six hits and seven runs.

The teams combined for 19 runs and 24 hits.

Oregon State returns to action Tuesday night with a 6:35 p.m. PT start against Portland at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Ore. Visit volcanoestickets.com for seats to the game.

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