Beavers’ Bats Bruise K-State

Courtesy: OSU Sports Information

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kavin Keyes and Tyler Smith both went 4-for-5 and Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to send the Oregon State baseball team to a 12-4 win over Kansas State Sunday at Goss Stadium.

The win by the Beavers forces a game three in the Corvallis Super Regional. That game has been pushed to a 7:05 p.m. PT start and will air on either ESPNU or ESPN2. Follow Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball for that information on Monday.

Andrew Moore, who tied the Oregon State (49-11 overall) single-season record with his 14th win Sunday, was given a five-run lead before even throwing a pitch. He ended the game by throwing 124 pitches over eight innings, allowing four runs and six hits. He struck out a career-best nine.

Keyes and Smith, meanwhile, both tied a career-best with four hits to help pace the Beavers, who finished the game with 21. Six of the other nine Oregon State starters had two in the win.

Oregon State jumped out early, pounding five runs in the first, all with two outs. Conforto and Davis hit back-to-back home runs and Jake Rodriguez capped off the inning with a two-run single.

Oregon State extended its lead to 7-0 in the second when Davis drove in two on a single up the middle.

After a Jared King home run put Kansas State (45-18) on the board in the second, OSU answered with two more in the third. Max Gordon drove in the first run of the inning on a squeeze and Smith made it 9-1 on a double to left.

Smith and Davis both had three RBI to lead the Beavers. Keyes scored four runs to lead the Beavers in that category.

The Beavers did their early damage against Kansas State starter Blake McFadden, who got only two outs in the first and exited after allowing four hits and four runs. He took the loss and is now 6-3 on the year.

The teams finish the Super Regional Monday at 7:05 p.m. PT. The game will air live on ESPN2 and with an online stream available by visiting ESPN3.com.

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