Beavers fall to Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. — A six-run eighth inning erased a one-run Oregon State lead as the 23rd-ranked Beavers dropped an 11-6 decision to Gonzaga Tuesday at Washington Trust Field.

The Bulldogs scored all six runs with two outs in the eighth. Two of the runs were unearned. Gonzaga took the lead on a two-run single by Evan Wells that scored two.

With the loss, Oregon State dropped to 20-15 this season while Gonzaga improved to 26-18. The teams conclude the two-game series today.

Daniel Robertson, Drew George and Chris Hopkins each had two hits to pace the Beavers. Robertson hit his first career home run in the fourth inning.

Gonzaga chased Oregon State starter James Nygren after a three-run second inning, with each score coming with two outs. Wells tripled to right center to bring in two, then scored when Jason Chatwood reached on an infield single.

Nygren worked 12/3 innings in his first appearance since April 5, allowing four hits and three runs while giving up three walks. Nygren did not figure in the decision.

The Beavers answered in the top half of the third, taking advantage of a throwing error on a pickoff by Gonzaga starter Reedy Berg. With Garrett Nash on third, Joey Wong grounded to first, enabling OSU's third baseman to score.

Gonzaga got back to a three-run lead with a run in the bottom of the third, but then watched as the Beavers chipped away at the lead in the fourth. George began the rally by singling with two outs. Robertson, the next batter, took a pitch from Berg and deposited it over the left-center fence for the two-run shot and his first home run at Oregon State.

Oregon State knocked Berg out of the game in the sixth and took the lead after posting two runs in the inning.

Pinch hitter John Wallace singled up the middle, driving in Robertson and Jason Ogata for the 5-4 lead. OSU added a run in the seventh when Chris Hopkins singled down the right-field line, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and eventually scored on a George single to take a two-run lead.

Oregon State used nine pitchers in the game. Taylor Starr took the loss after allowing two unearned runs and a hit in 11/3 inning of work. He dropped to 2-1 this season.

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