BASEBALL: No. 2 Beavs break out the bats

Posted Feb 15, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. – Kavin Keyes and Michael Conforto both had three runs batted as second-ranked Oregon State broke out offensively with a 15-7 win over Nebraska Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Eight of Oregon State’s nine offensive starters recorded at least one hit, as the Beavers collected 13 overall. Keyes led the charge with a 3-for-5 effort, driving in the three runs with singles in the third and fourth innings and a double in the sixth.

Conforto, meanwhile, posted a 2-for-3 effort, driving home a run in the third and two in the Beavers’ seven-run eighth inning. Oregon State is now 2-0 on the year.

Conforto and Keyes were backed by Dylan Davis, who drove in two runs on a double in the fourth that hit the top of the fence in left. Gabe Clark and Logan Ice also had two RBI in the win. Clark singled home runs twice and Ice walked with the bases loaded twice.

A four-run OSU fourth was enough to get the Beavers ahead early, with Clark, Ice and Conforto all driving in runs as OSU sent 10 batters to the plate. OSU scored three more in the fourth to take the big advantage and give starter Jace Fry plenty of cushion.

Already up 8-2, the Beavers sent 12 to the plate in the eighth and scored seven runs on just two hits. OSU walked five times during the inning.

Fry turned the offensive outburst into his first win of the season and his first since 2012. The lefty worked seven solid innings, scattering nine hits and two runs while striking out five.

Nebraska (1-1) starter Aaron Bummer lasted just three innings, allowing six hits and four runs to take the loss.

Six Nebraska pitchers combined to issue 11 Oregon State walks while Fry and relievers Philip Belding and Mak Fox did not issue a free pass.

Nebraska scored five runs in the ninth to trim the OSU margin to eight runs. The game ended for the Huskers when Pat Kelly drove in a run with a single to left but was thrown out at first after rounding the bag. Kelly led Nebraska with five hits as the Huskers totaled 15 overall.

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Oregon State continues play at the Husker Classic Sunday with a 3 p.m. PT (4 p.m. in Arizona) first pitch on Sunday against Pacific. Follow the game via the Beaver Sports Network and fans can also visit for free live audio and live stats.

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