OSU tops Cougars in series start

PROVO, Utah — Joey Wong hit his third home run of the season, driving in four runs, and Jason Ogata went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the Oregon State baseball team defeated BYU, 15-7, Monday in the opening game of a two-game series at Miller Park.

"We still have a lot to work on, but it was important to get this game," Beaver coach Pat Casey said. "The offense certainly did its job this afternoon."

Wong finished 2-for-4, singling home a run in the first, driving in another with a sacrifice fly in the second and blasting a two-run shot in the fourth. Wong now has 12 RBIs on the year.

Ogata, meanwhile, posted his team-leading eighth multiple-hit and eighth multiple-RBI game of the season. He singled in the first, doubled in the second, was hit by a pitch in the fourth and singled again in the sixth.

Garrett Nash and John Tommasini finished with two hits apiece for the Beavers, who have now won four of their last five games.

Oregon State (10-7 overall) posted three straight hits to start the game. Nash tripled to right-center field and was driven in when the next batter, Wong, singled through the right side. Wong later scored when Daniel Robertson grounded into a double play.

After BYU answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, the Beavers broke the game open with five runs in the second. Three straight singles — one each from Drew George, Ryan Ortiz and Jordan Lennerton — loaded the bases, and the first run of the inning scored when Tommasini walked. Nash then walked, giving OSU two runs off bases-loaded walks.

Wong drove in his second run of the day on a sac fly to right for the third run of the inning, which was followed by an Ogata double.

Wong made it 9-2 in the top half of the fourth, hitting his third home run of the season, a two-run shot that drove in Tommasini.

BYU (12-11) made it interesting in the fifth, scoring four runs to pull within three, 9-6. Kasey Ko highlighted the inning with a three-run shot to cap off the inning.

After OSU added another run in the sixth when Hopkins hit his second homer of the season. Oregon State added four runs in the eighth to cement the win.

Jorge Reyes started for OSU and worked 41/3 innings, striking out three and walking five. He allowed six runs and six hits before being replaced by Taylor Starr in the fifth.

Starr picked up his first career victory after Oregon State's offensive outburst. The freshman, in his first appearance since March 14, limited the Cougars to one hit over 11/3 innings. He struck out one and walked one.

Kraig Sitton came on in relief of Starr and Josh Keller closed out the game for OSU.

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