Beavs blank Stanford in opener

WAS THIS THE win that put Oregon State in the postseason? The Beavs are now tied for third in the Pac-10 after taking the first of a three game regular season finale at Stanford in dominating fashion with freshman Sam Gaviglio tossing a complete game, five hit shutout. It was Oregon State's first complete-game shutout in more than three years.

The Beavers are now tied for third place in the Pac-10 with UCLA, who lost to ASU on Friday. Both OSU and UCLA are now 14-10 in conference play. OSU is also 34-16 overall, while the Bruins hold a 26-28 mark. The two teams closest to the Beavs in the Pac-10 standings also lost on Friday, making it a more likely probability OSU will finish at worst in a tie for third place.

Gaviglio did not allow a hit after the fourth inning, giving up singles in the second, third and fourth. He retired the last 16 batters he faced and struck out seven while walking none.

The Ashland native improved to 9-1 on the season, believed to be an Oregon State freshman record for wins in a season.

Michael Miller was the big bat at the plate, tripling once, singling twice and scoring two of the Beavers' five runs.

Miller tripled to start the game, leading to a 2-0 OSU lead in the top half of the inning. The Beavers made it 3-0 in the second when Miller singled home Rob Folsom.

Insurance runs were added in the seventh and eighth innings -- Ryan Ortiz drove in Miller with a sacrifice fly to right. and Jared Norris scored on a wild pitch.

Oregon State and Stanford continue the three-game series Saturday at 6 p.m. from Sunken Diamond.

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