Beavs sweep Stanford, in position to host?

OREGON STATE SWEPT Stanford with a 12-3 win on Sunday but that was the second biggest-piece of news to come out of the weekend. Oregon State jumped into second place in the Pac-12 and the second-place team coming out of the Pac-12 is expected to host in regional play.

Oregon State (17-9-1) has a tenuous hold on the No. 2 spot, though, with ASU (17-10), USC (16-10) and Cal (16-10) all within striking distance. USC and Cal play Monday night.

On Sunday, Gabe Clark homered, K.J. Harrison drove in two and Joe Gillette had three hits as Oregon State raced by Stanford in the later innings, turning a 5-3 lead into a 12-3 blowout victory.

The sweep was the Beavers’ third straight over the Cardinal.

OSU opened the game’s scoring with Clark’s eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot that easily cleared the fence in left, in the second inning. It came on the heels of Joe Gillette’s first single of the afternoon.

The Cardinal pulled to within one with a solo run in the third, but the Beavers scored three in the fifth. OSU scored its first run of the inning when Dane Lund reached on a bunt single and an errant throw enabled Christian Donahue to score. Two batters later, Harrison drove in two with a double off the base of the wall in left.

OSU saw its lead trimmed to two runs in the sixth, but went back up by four with a two-run seventh. Lund scored when Elliott Cary struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. Kyle Nobach, the next batter, singled to right, driving in Harrison from third.

The Beavers used a four-run eighth inning to hit double digits for the first time in Pac-12 action. Gillette singled three times to lead the Beavers offensively, while Travis Eckert started for the Beavers and threw 5 1/3 innings, where he allowed seven hits and three runs. Eckert tallied the win to improve to 6-0 on the year.

Oregon State meets Oregon Tuesday night in a non-conference game at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The game will start at 7:05 p.m. PT in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

OSU this weekend will host Cal in a three-game series, the last of the regular season, starting on Friday. All three games are scheduled to be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.

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