Gordon, Beavers down Cougars

PULLMAN, Wash. — Michael Conforto hit a three-run home run in the third inning to break the Oregon State baseball single-season RBI record with 69 as the Beavers gave Pat Casey his program-tying 613th win with a 7-5 victory over Washington State on Sunday.

Former Ashland standout Max Gordon had two hits against WSU (26-26, 11-16 Pac-12). He drove in the Beavers' first run of the game with a double in the third that was hit just inside the first base bag. Gordon moved to third when Tyler Smith reached on an infield single and scored on Conforto's three-run home run.

Conforto surpassed the previous record holder, Joe Gerber, who had 67 in the 2000 season. Now at 69 RBIs on the year, Conforto, if the season ended today, would lead the Pac-12 Conference, the first Beaver to do so since Jim Wilson led the Pac-10 North with 62 in 1982.

Sunday's win, which gave the Beavers their first series win at Washington State since 2006, marked the 613th for head coach Pat Casey since coming to Corvallis in 1995. That ties Jack Riley for the most in a career at Oregon State.

Oregon State (35-18, 15-12 Pac-12) tallied 15 hits in the win, with Kavin Keyes, Ryan Dunn and Tyler Smith tying for the team lead with three apiece.

OREGON 6, SEATTLE 1 — At Eugene, the first home run of Aaron Payne's career broke open the game for No. 6 Oregon as the Ducks completed the sweep of Seattle with a victory at PK Park.

The Ducks (41-14), currently on an eight-game winning streak, have now recorded the program's most wins in a single season.

But Oregon had to battle back from an early deficit in its record-breaking victory as Seattle starter Brayn Dalton took a no-hitter into the top of the fifth. With the Redhawks (22-27) holding on to a 1-0 advantage, Payne recorded UO's first hit of the game by launching the first home run of his career over the wall in right to even the score. Oregon added two more runs in the inning to take a 3-1 lead with a two-out rally.

Payne finished his day 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead Oregon.

OKLAHOMA 6, OREGON STATE 0 — At Norman, Okla., the Oregon State softball team's most successful season in the last half-decade came to an end at the hands of No. 4 Oklahoma as the Beavers dropped a regional contest. With the result, Oklahoma advances and will host Arizona in NCAA Super Regional action next weekend.

Oregon State (36-23) had trouble getting the bats going against one of the top pitchers in the country, as Keilani Ricketts tossed a complete game, allowing only two hits and striking out 10.

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