Beavers finish off sweep of Ducks

CORVALLIS — Taylor Starr scattered seven hits in 61/3 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 on Sunday at Goss Stadium. The win sent the Beavers to a series sweep of the Ducks.

Starr improved to 5-2 after throwing 98 pitches in his second quality start of the season, allowing two walks with three strikeouts for the Beavers, who will learn their postseason fate today in a selection show at 9 a.m. on ESPNU.

The Ducks (42-17, 19-11, Pac-12), who finished third in conference play, got word before the game that PK Park will host an NCAA regional next weekend. But Oregon was denied a share of the Pac-12 title when Arizona defeated Arizona State 8-7 on Sunday.

Conforto 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 finished 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.

Last season Oregon swept Oregon State in the Civil War series to end the season.

In addition to Oregon, Arizona, Stanford and UCLA also will host regional tournaments.

Oregon hasn't hosted an NCAA baseball tournament game since 1954, but the school didn't field a team from 1982 to 2009. The Ducks also went to the postseason tournament in 1964 and 2010.

The Beavers, who won back-to-back College World Series titles in 2006 and 2007, have been to the tournament for the past three seasons.

Arizona and UCLA shared the Pac-12 championship.

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