Boyd excels again for Beavers

Boyd excels again for Beavers

CORVALLIS — Logan Boyd got his second straight start for the Oregon State baseball team and the junior right fielder was impressive for the second consecutive day.

The South Medford High product helped key a seven-run fifth-inning outburst as the Beavers defeated Pacific, 8-6, at Goss Stadium.

Boyd, who went 2-for-3 in the game, began the Beavers' fifth-inning rally with a walk and eventually came around to score on Lonnie Lechelt's double. Boyd capped the inning off with a two-out double that hit the base of the right-center field wall and put Oregon State ahead 8-0. The two bagger gave Boyd his sixth and seventh RBIs of the series.

Oregon State starting pitcher Jorge Reyes equaled his longest outing of the season. Reyes allowed just four hits and struck out seven Tigers' hitters over the course of eight innings. The outing tied his April 27th start against Arizona as his longest of the season.

Reyes kept Pacific hitless until Adam Ching singled to the right side with two outs in the sixth inning. He quickly recovered by inducing a groundball to first base from Mike Walker to end the threat. Reyes retired the side in five of his eight innings, and struck out the side in the fifth inning.

"Jorge threw very well this afternoon; he was sharp," OSU head coach Pat Casey said. "Our defense made some great plays behind and it was a very complete game."

Joey Wong came through for the Beavers (27-24), reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. He began the game by getting hits in the second, fourth and fifth innings and came around to score in the last two. The three singles gave Wong his 12th multi-hit game of the season, and his third with three or more hits.

The Beavers got on the board first with a two out rally in the fourth inning. After Pacific pitcher Mark McCain retired the first two hitters, Wong kept the inning alive with a single and advanced to second on a balk. After a Daniel Robertson walk, John Wallace came through with a sharply hit ball up the middle that scored Wong from second.

Taylor Starr earned his first career save in the ninth after coming in and getting the last two outs of the game, ending a Pacific rally that saw the Tigers (14-40) put three runs across the board.

Oregon State concludes the 2008 regular season at 1 p.m. today in the series finale against Pacific.

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