Wetzler, Beavers hammer Wildcats

CORVALLIS — Ben Wetzler was dominant, holding Arizona to three hits in 71/3 innings in an 11-2 Oregon State win over the Wildcats in the series opener Friday night at Hi Corbett Field.

The Oregon State offense took advantage of a spacious Hi Corbett outfield, totaling six extra-base hits in the win. The Beavers tallied three triples, one shy of tying the school's single-game record, and OSU gave Wetzler a 2-0 lead before the lefty threw a pitch.

Dylan Davis led the Beavers with five runs driven in as the junior had a 4-for-6 night with two doubles. Jeff Hendrix also had four hits while Michael Conforto had three in the victory.

Eight of Oregon State's nine starters had at least one hit as the club totaled 18 overall, setting a new season high — surpassing 15 against Wright State.

Wetzler improved to 5-0 on the year and has a quality start in all five appearances. He now has 29 career victories, which is the nation's active leader and which is one shy of tying Ken Noble for most in at Oregon State. The lefty struck out six and has a 0.47 earned run average in 38 innings this season. Opponents have just 12 hits off him and he has walked 10, giving him a WHIP of 0.66.

Wetzler also pushed his all-time winning percentage to .829 (35-6), which is fourth at Oregon State, and he moved into eighth with 242 strikeouts.

Wetzler has won 15 consecutive games dating back to last season and the Beavers are 20-1 when he starts during that stretch.

The win pushed Oregon State to 20-5 on the year and 5-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Arizona, meanwhile, dropped to 11-17 overall and 1-6 against conference foes.

OREGON SWEPT — At Stanford, Calif., Stanford plated the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 2 to complete a Pac-12 sweep of Oregon. The scores were 6-3 and 2-1.

The Ducks fall to 18-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play. Stanford improves to 10-10 and 3-2.

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