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Davis Drives Beavers to Split With Dons

Courtesy: OSU Sports Information

CORVALLIS, Ore.– Dylan Davis drove in three and Brandon Jackson earned his third win with 2 2/3 innings of relief to give the third-ranked Oregon State baseball team a 6-5 win over San Francisco Wednesday night at Goss Stadium.

Davis went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, all coming in the first three innings of the game. He extended his season-long win streak to eight games with his team-leading ninth multi-hit effort of the season.

Jackson, meanwhile, came on in relief of Taylor Starr in the fifth and limited USF (7-9 overall) to four hits and two runs – both unearned – while striking out one. The righty improved to 3-0 on the year.

Max Engelbrekt earned his fourth save of the season after throwing the last two innings of the game. He allowed one hit and struck out one. The Dons managed their lone hit off Engelbrekt in the ninth and put runners on first and second with one down but the freshman lefty induced a 4-6-3 groundout to end the game.

The Beavers (16-1) found themselves tied with the Dons, 3-3, entering the bottom of the fifth. Andy Peterson, Michael Conforto and Davis loaded the bases via two singles and a hit by pitch, and all moved up a base when Danny Hayes hit a sacrifice fly to left. Two batters later, Kavin Keyes doubled to the right of the third base bag to drive in Conforto and Davis and give the Beavers a 6-3 advantage.

Sheldon Lee took the loss for San Francisco to drop to 0-2 on the year. The lefty allowed one hit and two runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.

The Dons opened the game’s scoring with a two-run first for the second consecutive night, but the Beavers managed a run in the first on a Davis’ fielder’s choice to make it 2-1. Oregon State took the lead in the third when Davis singled home two to give him a three-RBI night.

USF evened the score with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brendan Hendricks in the fourth. The score stayed tied at three until the Beavers’ three-run fifth.

San Francisco threatened in the seventh, scoring two to pull within one, 6-5, on an Oregon State error. Zachary Turner then singled but Conforto threw out Mitchell Rowan at the plate as he tried to score from second, ending the inning and keeping the one-run lead alive.

Starr made his first start of the year for the Beavers and allowed five hits and three runs – two earned – in 4 1/3 innings of work. He did not figure in the decision as he was pulled in the fifth in favor of Jackson with the game tied at three.

The same could be said of USF starter Andrew Pulido, who received the no decision after working 2 1/3 innings and was touched for three runs.

Oregon State opens Pac-12 play Friday night in the start of a three-game series against Arizona at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. PT

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