Beavs clinch 2nd place in Pac-12 with win

OREGON STATE LOCKED up second place in the Pac-12 on Saturday. What remains on Sunday is to see if they'll host in the postseason, and if they can sweep Cal. Drew Rasmussen struck out five in a complete game shutout, and Logan Ice broke a scoreless stalemate in the seventh inning as the 18th-ranked Beavers piled on the runs, defeating No. 25 California, 9-0, at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Ice doubled in two in the seventh, and Jeff Hendrix pushed ahead a third run in the seventh to give the Beavers control. OSU added a ho-hum six runs in the eighth to break the game open en route to their sixth consecutive series victory.

The Beavers also won their 12th straight over the Golden Bears, tying for the team’s longest ever streak against a current conference foe. OSU won 12 straight over Washington from 1967-71.

Rasmussen enabled the Beavers (38-15-1 overall, 19-9-1 Pac-12 Conference) to break the game open late by tossing his second complete game shutout of the season, and the team’s second in as many games. The freshman scattered six hits – all singles – while walking just one.

He improved to 7-3 on the year. Rasmussen and Friday’s starter, Andrew Moore, have combined to limit the Golden Bears (33-19, 17-12) scoreless over 18 innings in the first two games of the series. They’ve struck out 18, walked just one and allowed eight hits.

Ice reached base four times; twice via a double and a single and twice via walks. His two-run double in the seventh served as the game-winner.

Hendrix drove in solo runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. Michael Gretler and Christian Donahue each drove in two in the Beavers’ six-run eighth.

Overall, the Beavers tallied 12 hits off five California pitchers. Donahue, Hendrix and Gretler all had two hits to join Ice in the multi-hit category.

Ryan Mason held the Beavers in check for six innings, but was touched for two runs in the seventh when Ice doubled off reliever Alex Schick. Mason, who struck out five and allowed five hits, dropped to 6-3 this season after incurring the loss.

The teams conclude the series, and the regular season, Sunday at 3:05 p.m. PT. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.

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