BASEBALL: Beavs win, take road series at UW

OREGON STATE DID what they do best on the baseball diamond - follow up a loss with a win. In the process, they won another Pac-12 series. Caleb Hamilton hit a home run, K.J. Harrison drove in two and Travis Eckert allowed just three hits in 7 2/3 innings as Oregon State defeated Washington, 4-1, to close out and take the three-game series Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

The win pushed Oregon State to 29-14 overall, and 12-9 in conference play. The Beavers won their third conference rubber match of the season. Washington dropped to 24-21 on the year and 9-15 in league games.

Eckert was sharp in his 12th start of the season, holding the Huskies to just three hits, two walks and a hit batter. He did not allow a walk after the fifth and exited in the eighth with runners on first and second – just the second time in the game that UW managed to get a runner in scoring position against him.

Mitch Hickey came on to face Austin Rei, walking him to load the bases before getting Branden Berry looking at strike three to get out of a bases-loaded jam. Hickey, who earned his eighth save of the season, worked the ninth inning as well.

Eckert earned the win after striking out four. He improved to 5-0 and tossed his seventh quality start in the process.

Hamilton gave Eckert an early 1-0 lead thanks to a third-inning home run on a 2-0 pitch. The solo shot was Hamilton’s third home run of the season, and second in as many series.

Jeff Hendrix added to the lead with a third-inning triple that scored Dane Lund. Starting at catcher, Lund had walked.

The triple pushed Hendrix’s hit streak to 10 games -- he is two shy of his team-long 12 gamer from earlier in the season. Hendrix, who ended the game 2-for-3 with a walk, is 16-for-32 (.500) with eight runs batted in during it.

Washington starter Joshua Fredendall worked just four innings and allowed four hits and two runs before giving way to Spencer Jones to open the fifth. The Beavers forced Jones into a 44-pitch fifth inning where they scored a run on Harrison’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

Harrison added to the lead when he reached on a fielder’s choice in the seventh for his second RBI of the game and 42nd of the season.

Oregon State returns home for non-conference action Tuesday when hosting Oregon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Limited tickets remain for the game, and can be purchased by calling 800-GOBEAVS (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) or by visiting beavertickets.com.

The game will also air live on the Pac-12 Networks and over the airwaves via the Beaver Sports Radio Network. Catch it on your mobile device by downloading the TuneIn application on your smartphone. Live stats can be found on osubeavers.com.


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