Beavers Collapse, Lose to Cougars

Oregon State head coach Pat Casey:

Oregon State pitcher Matt Boyd:

Oregon State third baseman Kavin Keyes:

Courtesy: OSU Sports Information

CORVALLIS, Ore.– The fourth-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped a 10-9 11-inning decision to Washington State Friday in the opening-game of a three-game series at Goss Stadium.

Jason Monda scored from second base on an infield error, snapping a 9-9 tie and giving the Cougars the come-from-behind victory. Oregon State had lead 7-0 after five innings and took a 9-5 lead into the ninth before four runs from WSU. Monda tied the game with a two-run, one-out home run in the ninth.

Max Engelbrekt took the loss to drop to 3-1 this season. He allowed two hits and one run in two innings. J.D. Leckenby earned the win for the Cougars (23-30 overall, 9-19 Pac-12 Conference), improving to 2-3. He allowed four hits in three innings.

The Beavers (43-10, 22-6) loaded the bases in the ninth off Leckenby. The right-hander, however, induced Jake Rodriguez into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

Andy Peterson and Kavin Keyes each had three hits for the Beavers, who tallied 14 to Washington State’s 13. Keyes hit a solo home run in the fifth.

Dylan Davis drove in three to pace Oregon State. He scored two with a single in the first, which helped the Beavers to an early 5-0 lead.

Matt Boyd started for the Beavers but did not figure in the decision after going seven innings. He struck out seven and allowed four hits and a run.

Sean Hartnett started for the Cougars and allowed eight hits and seven runs in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Oregon State and Washington State continue their series Saturday with a 1:05 p.m. PT first pitch at Goss Stadium.

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