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Beavers Drop Series-Opener to Huskies

Oregon State head coach Pat Casey:

Oregon State outfielder Dylan Davis:

Oregon State pitcher Andrew Moore:

Courtesy: OSU Sports Information

CORVALLIS, Ore.– CORVALLIS, Ore. – Washington snapped Oregon State’s 12-game winning streak and assumed a first-place tie in the Pacific-12 Conference title race with a 4-2 victory on Friday in a matchup of top-10 teams at Goss Stadium.

The No. 5-ranked Huskies (38-11-1, 20-5 Pac-12) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning and rebuffed several rallies to hand the No. 2-ranked Beavers (39-9, 20-5) their first loss since a 7-6 defeat at Sacramento State on April 21. Washington also ended OSU’s 11-game Pac-12 winning streak; OSU hadn’t lost a conference game since falling 4-1 at Washington State on April 11.

Washington starter Jared Fisher allowed two runs on five hits through six innings and got the decision as the Huskies won their ninth straight game. Reliever Trevor Dunlap had four strikeouts in the seventh and eighth innings and closer Troy Rallings pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

OSU starter Andrew Moore allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings and took the loss. Washington’s final tally, an insurance run in the eighth inning off reliever Brandon Jackson, was unearned.

The Beavers mounted several comeback attempts after falling behind 3-0 but were unable to pull even. They drew within 3-2 in the fifth inning on a single by Gabe Clark, a walk to Logan Ice, a sacrifice and a two-out, two run single by Trever Morrison. Jeff Hendrix followed with a single but the Beavers left runners at the corners.

OSU also had runners at the corners with two outs in the seventh on walks to Michael Howard and Morrison and a balk. However, Dunlap struck out Hendrix to end that threat, and also retired three straight Beavers to strand Andy Peterson in the eighth after he reached second on a leadoff single and throwing error.

Morrison tripled and singled and Peterson singled twice; they were the only Beavers with more than one hit. OSU left six runners on base, five in scoring position.

The season-high crowd of 3,309 raised the season total to 58,462 in 21 openings, an average of 2,784 per date. The Beavers have drawn 2,032 or more fans to every home game, and at least 2,758 to every Pac-12 home game.

Theseries resumes at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at Goss Stadium; Game three is set for 3:05 p.m. Sunday. It is the Beavers’ regular-season home finale; they play a non-league contest at Oregon on Tuesday night and then go to Los Angeles for a Friday-Sunday series against USC.

STATEMENT FROM HEAD COACH PAT CASEY ON BEN WETZLER’S SUSPENSION:

“First off, I would like to thank Beaver Nation and all of our fans and supporters for their overwhelming support over the last week; it has been greatly appreciated from all of us within the Oregon State baseball program. I have spent many hours since last Saturday in trying to make the best decision in regard to Ben Wetzler and the incident that occurred that morning.

“After gathering the information, visiting with athletic department officials and our team leaders, my decision ultimately came down to Ben and I. He was not only extremely remorseful, but upfront and honest in regard to the situation. Although I’m very disappointed in the bad decisions he made that night. I truly believe in Ben and choose to define his character by the nearly 1,300 days he has been at Oregon State, and not just on one night. Having said that, I believe Ben would be disappointed in me and I would be disappointed in myself if I didn’t hold Ben accountable at a higher degree due to him being not only a team leader, but also a representative of Oregon State University and this state.

“Although this incident may not rise to the level of suspension per OSU student-athlete code of conduct policies, I have decided Ben will serve a five-game suspension effective last Saturday. In addition, he will participate in community service, which Ben and I agree is in his best interest. This team is unified and stands behind Ben. Ben Wetzler is a fine young man and I believe this will only motivate him to become a better person.”

STATEMENT FROM BEN WETZLER

“I would like to thank Coach Casey, my teammates and Beaver Nation for the support through this situation. I am very remorseful for my actions that took place last Saturday. There is no excuse for what I did. I plan on reaching out to the owners of the house to apologize to rectify the situation the best I can. I’d like to also apologize to my teammates, coaches, staff, university and community for my actions. I look forward to trying to turn a negative situation into a positive by reaching out into the community and educating others.”

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