Arizona outshines Oregon State

CORVALLIS — Michael Conforto hit his fourth home run of the season and Matt Boyd scattered one run in 41/3 innings of relief, but it wasn't quite enough as the 19th-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped a 7-5 decision to No. 5 Arizona in the series finale Sunday at Goss Stadium.

Conforto hit a two-run home run in the fifth to pull the Beavers to within one, 6-5. Arizona's Alex Mejia, however, hit a solo home run off Boyd in the sixth — the reliever's only run allowed — to give Arizona the two-run lead for good.

Boyd worked in relief of starter Jace Fry and limited the Wildcats to three hits with four strikeouts. Fry ended the game with the loss, dropping him to 1-1, after allowing six hits and six runs in 42/3 innings.

The Beavers held a 2-0 lead after two innings and then a 3-2 advantage after four. Arizona, however, scored four in the fifth — with two of the four earned — to take the lead for good.

Robert Refsnyder had three hits to pace the Wildcats, who improved to 18-7 overall and 4-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Mejia and Seth Mejias-Brean also had two hits.

Ryan Dunn led the Beavers (15-7, 4-2 Pac-12) with two hits.

UTAH 4, OREGON 3 — At Eugene, Utah's Parker Morin ended No. 24 Oregon's hope of a sweep as he launched a two-run homer over the right field wall in the ninth, pushing the Utes to a victory at PK Park.

Reliever Jimmie Sherfy (3-1) took the loss after tossing one and 2/3 innings in relief. In the top of the eighth, Oregon reliever Jeff Gold got into trouble loading the bases with one out, sandwiching a hit batter between two walks. Sherfy came out of the bullpen and struck out Ryan Cooperstone before coaxing a fly out from James Brooks to get the Ducks out of the jam.

But in the top of the ninth as Oregon nursed a 3-2 lead, Sherfy issued a lead-off walk to Connor Eppard. Two batters later, Sherfy surrendered his first home run of the season as Morin took the 1-2 offering over the right field wall and put the Utes (7-15, 3-3 Pac-12) ahead 4-3.

Oregon (15-6, 3-3 Pac-12) had the game-tying run 90 feet away in the bottom of the ninth as Ryan Hambright drove a one-out triple into deep center field. Utah right-hander Mitch Watrous then plunked pinch-hitter Daniel Pardini to put runners on the corners, but J.J. Altobelli hit into a double play to end the game.

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