Beavers take series from Gauchos

CORVALLIS — Parker Berberet homered and the 23rd-ranked Oregon State baseball team rapped out 11 hits against five UC Santa Barbara pitchers in an 11-5 win over the Gauchos on Saturday at Goss Stadium.

The win gave Oregon State (18-5) a series win. The Beavers will go for the sweep at 1:05 p.m. today.

Berberet's home run punctuated Oregon State's day offensively, with eight different players tallying at least one hit.

He was matched by Ryan Barnes, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Danny Hayes drove in three on a 1-for-4 effort and Jared Norris plated two with a 1-for-5 day.

OSU erupted for four runs in the first, two in the second and two more in the third to take a commanding 8-2 lead early on. OSU starter Josh Osich was the recipient of the early run support and rode five innings of work to his third win of the season. He struck out five, walked three and allowed three hits and two runs in his sixth start of the season.

Norris drove in his first two runs of the game with a double in the first, highlighting the Beavers' four-run inning. OSU has now outscored opponents 21-6 in the first innings of games this season.

UC Santa Barbara plated two in the second to pull within two, but that's the closest the Gauchos (10-8) got all day.

WICHITA STATE 7, OREGON 6, 17 inn. — At Eugene, Oregon scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game on the line to send the contest into extra innings, but the Ducks couldn't find a run in the next eight as Wichita State prevailed at PK Park.

Nearly 1,400 fans were on hand to watch the six-hour marathon that endured the ejection of Wichita State head coach Gene Stephenson along with two Shocker players in the 16th inning, as well as the ejection of Oregon head coach George Horton in the fifth inning.

Oregon (13-9) hosts Wichita State (17-7) in the series finale at 1 p.m. today. Wichita State leads the series 2-1.

Oregon had the game-winning run just 90 feet away in the bottom of the ninth, but Wichita State third baseman Tyler Coughenour's diving stop on the hot corner denied Danny Pulfer the walk-off after Oregon had loaded the bases.

Prior to Pulfer's final out, J.J. Altobelli's first hit of the day erased Oregon's 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth, as he drove in the game-tying runs with a single to left center. Aaron Jones was walked and Kyle Garlick singled to lead off the ninth, and Shawn Peterson's sacrifice bunt moved the game-tying runs into scoring position. With one swing of the bat, Altobelli plated the two freshmen to even things up at 6-6.

Wichita State reliever Zach Beringer then walked Brett Thomas before Justin Kemp took over on the mound and issued a walk to KC Serna to load the bases, but Coughneour's stab of Pulfer's shot down the third-base line sent the game into extra innings.

Track and Field

STANFORD INVITATIONAL — At Stanford, Calif., wins in a pair of relays capped Oregon's performances at the Stanford Invitational.

The women's 4x100 team of Mandy White, Amber Purvis, Lauryn Newson and English Gardner won in 44.47.

The men's 4x400 relay squad of David Klech, Eric Hersey, Bryan Harper and Mike Berry was also victorious in 3:10.48.

Also for the men, Jordan Stray took second in the hammer and Berry ran a personal-best 21.14 to finish second in his heat of the men's 200 meters.

In the men's 110 meter hurdles final, Klech was second in 14.05, while Hersey was third in a wind-legal personal-best 14.20.

Austin Ouderkirk was the runner-up in the men's pole vault and Brian Schaudt was third in the triple jump.

The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Devin Gosberry, Laura Roesler, Chizoba Okodogbe and Purvis finished third in 3:42.35.

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