Beavers Sweep Ducks, Spoil Pac-12 Title

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Courtesy: OSU Sports Information

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Taylor Starr scattered seven hits in 6 1/3 innings and Michael Conforto and Kavin Keyes each drove in two to send the 23rd-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 5-0 win over No. 5 Oregon Sunday at Goss Stadium. The win sent the Beavers to a series sweep of the Ducks.

Starr improved to 5-2 after picking up the win. He threw 98 pitches in his second quality start of the season, allowing two walks with three strikeouts.

Conforto, meanwhile, drove in the game’s first two runs as OSU scored first for the first time in the series. He singled home a run in the first then doubled home a run in the third.

Keyes highlighted OSU’s three-run seventh with a two-run single to the gap in left. That was preceeded by Ryan Dunn’s single up the middle off Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy, which gave the Beavers a 3-0 lead at the time.

Conforto’s two hits paced the Beavers, who improved to 9-17 this season when being out-hit as Oregon tallied eight. Ryon Healy and Kyle Garlick each had two to pace the Ducks.

Jeff Gold started for Oregon and took the loss after allowing three hits and two runs in four innings. The right-hander dropped to 8-4 on the year.

The Beavers’ win, coupled with Arizona’s 8-7 victory over Arizona and Stanford’s win versus Cal, means Oregon State finishes in fourth in the Pac-12 Conference with an 18-12 league record. The Beavers finished the regular season with a 38-18 overall record, matching their win total from a year ago.

The Ducks finished 42-17 overall and 19-11 in Pac-12 play. Oregon finishes third in the league.

The Beavers and Ducks now await their postseason fate, which will be revealed on the postseason selection show Monday morning at 9 a.m. PT. The show can be seen on ESPNU.

OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU recorded its fifth shutout of the season … The Beavers saw 2,971 in the stands at Goss Sunday for a three-game series total of 8,926 … Michael Conforto finished the regular season with a Pac-12 leading 71 RBI … OSU improved to 21-7 when getting a quality start … The Beavers did not commit an error for the seventh consecutive game.

OREGON NOTES: The Ducks third-place Pac-12 finish is UO’s best since the program was reinstated…Oregon has a 13-7 record against ranked teams in 2012…Oregon was swept for the first time since losing three to UCLA at PK Park from May 6-8, 2011…the Ducks were shut out for the second time in 2012 and the first since a 5-0 loss at Washington on March 17, 2012…Oregon’s three-game losing matches its longest of the season.

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