Beavers cruise to easy win over Maine

CORVALLIS — Both Stefen Romero and Matt Boyd hit home runs as the 18th-ranked Oregon State baseball team scored early and often in a 18-3 win over Maine on Friday at Goss Stadium.

"Obviously, that's a good way to start the series," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "We kept scoring throughout the game and took advantage of some Maine errors and overall had a good night at the plate."

Romero hit a two-run shot in the first and Boyd stroked a solo shot in the seventh for the Beavers, who posted a season-best 15 hits off four Maine pitchers. The 18 runs also marked a season-best for OSU, which surpassed its previous best of 17 set against Tennessee on Feb. 26.

Leading that offensive attack was freshman Danny Hayes, who posted three hits in his first career start. Ho doubled down the right field line in OSU's four-run sixth to highlight his night offensively.

Joining Hayes in the multiple-hit parade was Boyd, who also finished with three RBIs on the strength of two hits, and Parker Berberet. For Berberet, it was his fourth multiple-hit game of the season, while it was Boyd's second.

Tyler Smith doubled to center in the eighth, driving in two and giving him his third multi-hit game of the season. He also has three multi-RBI efforts.

Greg Peavey improved to 2-0 this season after scattering two runs and six hits over six innings. The start was his fourth of the year and it was his second quality start of the season.

OREGON 16, NEVADA 2 — At Eugene, a vigorous offensive attack early on put Oregon in the driver's seat as the Ducks opened their four-game series with Nevada by posting a blowout.

In front of a crowd of 2,774 the Ducks (13-6) tallied 12 runs in the first three innings as Nevada (10-7) starter Tyler Graham (1-3) exited the game in third after surrendering nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits in less than three innings of work.

Oregon's 16 runs were the most in the modern era, and the highest total for the program since a 16-4 win over Lewis & Clark on May 4, 1976.

As Oregon led 12-0 in the seventh, Oregon freshman Jack Marder crushed his second homer of the season — a three-run shot — over the wall in left center. Marder finished his day 3-for-5 with eight RBIs — a new modern era record. The Calabasas, Calif., native also made the start at first base for the first time this year after seeing time in right field and at second base.

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