Strong pitching carries No. 7 Beavers past USC

CORVALLIS — Andrew Moore threw 72/3 innings in a scoreless start as he and the seventh-ranked Oregon State baseball team shut out USC, 3-0, in front a season-best 3,103 fans at Goss Stadium Saturday.

Michael Conforto homered and Tyler Smith and Ryan Barnes drove in runs for the Beavers, who will go for a sweep of the Trojans today.

Moore scattered four singles while issuing two walks and hitting one batter. He induced inning-ending double plays in the fifth and seventh innings.

The defense for Oregon State (33-8, 13-4 Pac-12) defense was stellar as center fielder Max Gordon, of Ashland, ended Southern California's third inning with a diving catch of a sinking liner, and left fielder Conforto threw out a runner attempting to go to third on a single in the eighth.

Catcher Jake Rodriguez threw out a runner trying to advance to third on a ball in the dirt later in the eighth, and shortstop Smith turned a double play in the seventh on a grounder that skipped off the mound.

Moore, who ended the game with just one strikeout, improved to 8-1.

Tony Bryant picked up his first save of the season with 12/3 innings of scoreless relief, which helped the Beavers to their eighth shutout of the season. That is the most in the Pac-12 and tied for second nationally.

USC (16-25, 8-12) starter Wyatt Strahan worked 72/3 innings. He allowed five hits and three runs while walking three and striking out three. The right-hander took the loss to drop to 2-3 on the year.

Barnes opened the scoring when he reached on an infield single in the second inning. The ball deflected off USC second baseman James Roberts, enabling Dylan Davis to come around and score from second base.

Conforto extended the Beavers' lead to 2-0 with a solo home run in the fourth. It cleared the left-field fence near the foul pole and snapped a 20-game streak without a home run for the sophomore standout.

OREGON 6, STANFORD 4 — At Eugene, Ryon Healy hit two home runs to lead No. 13 Oregon over No. 21 Stanford in Pac-12 Conference play in front of 3,892 fans at PK Park.

Healy hit a pair of two-run home runs to right field and finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs. The Ducks' first baseman started the scoring with a two-run shot in the first inning, putting Oregon (23-10, 15-5 Pac-12) on top 2-0.

He added the second two-run shot in the fourth inning to cap a three-run surge and give the Ducks a 6-1 advantage. Healy's two homers gave him nine for the season, and he boasts a team-best 40 RBIs.

The junior is the second Duck to hit two home runs in a game this season, joining Scott Heineman, who did it in a win at California earlier this month.

Brett Thomas, who was on base both times Healy homered, was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Thomas drove in his run with two outs in the second inning after Shaun Chase and J.J. Altobelli singled in front of him. Altobelli was 2-for-2 with two walks in four at-bats.

Oregon's other run came in the fourth inning when Connor Hofmann tripled to right center and scored on a wild pitch by Stanford (23-14, 9-8) starter Dean McArdle, who took the loss and fell to 2-2 on the season.

Freshman Cole Irvin (8-2) got the win, allowing four runs, two earned, on 10 hits in seven innings. All-American Jimmie Sherfy picked up his 14th save. He struck out two and allowed one hit and a walk in two innings.

DUCKS WIN NATIONALS — At Hamden, Conn., No. 1 seed Oregon's acrobatics and tumbling team defeated No. 2 seed Quinnipiac 277.885-273.655 to win the NCATA National Championship for the third year in a row.

Oregon swept the compulsory round, totaling 38.45 points to QU's 36.8 thanks in part to a perfect 10.0 in Heat 2 and a 9.95 in Heat 3. The Ducks won the first two heats of the Acro round with scores of 9.95 and 9.55 before Quinnipiac answered back by winning Heat 3. Overall, UO just edged QU 27.76-27.52 in the round.

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