Wetzler, Barnes push Beavers past Seattle

CORVALLIS — Ben Wetzler threw 32/3 innings of scoreless relief and Ryan Barnes drove in two runs with a 2-for-3 effort as the 23rd-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated Seattle, 4-2, to close out a two-game midweek series Wednesday at Goss Stadium.

Wetzler, a former Clackamas High standout, limited the Redhawks to three hits and a walk. He threw 55 pitches to pick up the win and improve to 3-1 on the year.

Matt Boyd worked the final two innings, striking out four for his second save of the season for OSU (16-5).

Barnes drove in his first run of the game with a double that bounced right in front of the left field fence in the third. He then lined a double off the left field wall in the fifth, scoring Michael Miller, who had reached with a two-out bunt single.

Jared Norris drove in the Beavers' final run of the game in the sixth with a single to center, plating Danny Hayes.

OSU opened the contest's scoring with two runs in the third. Miller drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right, then watched as Barnes' first double made it a 2-0 OSU advantage.

OREGON 6, SAN FRANCISCO 1 — At Oakland, Calif., Oregon junior right-hander Alex Keudell pitched a one-run complete game, and Oregon's offense backed up his performance as the Ducks kept their winning streak alive.

Oregon (12-7) is now on a seven-game winning streak heading into this weekend's home series with Wichita State. The streak matches the Ducks' longest winning streak since the program was reinstated.

Keudell (2-2) made fast work of the Dons (9-12), allowing just one run on four hits and striking out a career-best 11.

Danny Pulfer and Shawn Peterson led the Ducks with two hits apiece as both starters also doubled. Sophomore Jack Marder hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left that put the Ducks ahead 6-0 in the top of the seventh.


SOU'S HIGHLAND HONORED — Southern Oregon junior Jordan Highland was recently named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.

Highland is the first Raider to be named All-American since Shea Washington earned first-team honors and was named the national player of the year following the 2005-06 season.

Highland led the Raiders and finished third in the conference in scoring at 15.7 points per game. He averaged six rebounds.

Highland was named the Cascade Conference Newcomer of the Year and also earned a spot on the all-conference team.

SOU finished the season 14-16.

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