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Cougars Clobbered by Beavers in 10-2 Loss

by Brad Wall

PULLMAN, Wash. – Oregon State belted three home runs in the first two innings building an early lead on the way to a 10-2 victory over Washington State.

The Beavers got going early as Ryan Barnes and Tyler Smith both singled and moved over to second and third on a balk by Tanner Chleborad. Michael Conforto broke the game open with a three-run shot to right field. The damage didn't stop there as Danny Hayes belted a solo homer to right center. After Ryan Dunn singled to give OSU five hits among the first five batters, Chleborad finally recorded an out by striking out Kavin Keyes. Chleborad walked Jake Rodriguez, but then induced Dylan Davis into a double play to get the Cougars out of the inning.

WSU looked to recover in the bottom of the first as three of the first four batters walked to load the bases with one out. Collin Slaybaugh grounded out to second to score Kyle Johnson and cut into the Beavers' lead. After intentionally walking Tommy Richards to load the bases again, Patrick Claussen grounded out to end the inning with the score 4-1.

Ryan Gorton singled to lead off the second for OSU and moved over to second on a sac-bunt by Barnes. After a Smith lineout, Conforto was intentionally walked. Hayes made the Cougars pay again with a three-run home run down the right field line giving him four RBIs on the night and two home runs.

The Cougars loaded up the bases with two outs in the second, but Derek Jones fouled out to keep the score 7-1. An Ard two-out double, walk by Jones and a wild pitch to move both runners over gave Washington State another chance at a run, but Slaybaugh grounded out to end the fourth.

Hayes came up to the plate in the fifth looking for a third homer, but didn't even get a strike to look at as he was walked on four straight balls. Dunn doubled to move Hayes to third. After a Keyes strikeout, Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Davis hit a grounder to first base and WSU got the force-out at home. Gorton flew out to right field to get the Cougs out of yet another jam.

In the bottom of the fifth Richards was hit by a pitch and Claussen singled through the left side. Both runners moved over on a groundout by Monda. Ian Sagdal struck out looking in the next at-bat. Starter Ben Wetzler was relieved by Cole Brocker, who struck out Johnson to once again leave runners on base for WSU.

Barnes hit a leadoff solo shot down the left field line in the top of the sixth. After getting Tyler Smith to fly out, Chleborad was relieved by Bryce Jackson.

Ard hit a solo-homer to left-center with one out in the sixth to make the score 8-2.

Oregon State loaded the bases to kick off the top of the eighth and got two more runs on a sac-fly by Hayes and a wild pitch that scored Smith.

With their work cut out for them in the bottom of the ninth, Washington State was shut down by Scott Schultz as PJ Jones grounded out and Jordan Copeland and Claussen both struck out to end the game.

Chleborad had a tough outing allowing eight runs on nine hits in 5 and 1/3 innings.

Wetzler allowed one run on five hits in 4 and 2/3 innings. The OSU pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts on the Cougars.

Game two of the series between the Cougs and Beavers will begin tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.