Beavs win opener vs. Cal; big crowd

MATT BOYD

THE 3,180 IN attendance for the Beavs' opener in the three-game series against Cal was the third-largest crowd at Goss Stadium since the 1999 renovation and expansion. They saw a whale of a pitching performance as No. 5 Oregon State won 6-1.

Matt Boyd struck out a career-best 12 while scattering three hits and one run to pace Oregon State. The Beavs are now 35-8 on the year and 15-4 in Pac-12 Conference play.

Both USA Today and Collegiate Baseball rank the Beavs No. 5 in the nation. Baseball America, the third of the three most-watched collegiate baseball polls, rank the Beavs No. 6.

Ryan Barnes drove in what turned out to be the game-winning run Friday with a three-run double in the third inning. Michael Conforto plated two more with a single in the fourth. Oregon State won its fifth consecutive game over the Golden Bears (21-24 overall, 9-13 Pac-12 Conference).

Boyd surpassed his previous career-high of 11 strikeouts, which came earlier this season against both Arizona State and last week against USC.

Boyd also picked up his ninth win of the season after throwing 108 pitches in 8 1/3 innings. He allowed a single to Andrew Knapp in the first, a home run to Devon Rodriguez in the seventh and a single to Rodriguez in the ninth.

The lefty finished with his 10th quality start in 12 appearances this season and he has posted one in all seven Pac-12 games. He is a perfect 5-0 at Goss Stadium this season and 10-1 lifetime.

The win was also the 20th of Boyd's Oregon State career.

The Beavers manufactured a bases-loaded situation in the third before Barnes' bases-clearing double. Max Gordon singled, and moved to second on a one-out single by Andy Peterson. Two batters later, Dylan Davis walked, setting the table for Barnes, who drive in all three on a 2-1 double down the right field line.

Conforto added to the lead with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth for his sixth multiple-RBI game of the season. Jake Rodriguez completed the Beavers' scoring with a sacrifice fly to left in the eighth, allowing Kavin Keyes to score.

Keyes and Hayes tallied two hits apiece to lead the Beavers, who finished with nine overall.

Oregon State and California continue the series Saturday at 2:05 p.m. PT. The game is sold out -- but a limited number of tickets may be made available, based on any tickets returned, when the Goss Stadium ticket office opens at noon. Check Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball - for any updates.

Saturday's game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.

Note, Saturday's game will also be streamed on Pac-12.com - in addition to the TV broadcast - but unlike some other streamed games this season, Saturday's online stream will only be available for Pac-12 Networks subscribers. Live stats and audio of the game can be found by visiting osubeavers.com.

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