Jace Fry pitches gem as No. 4 Oregon State finishes sweep of No. 7 Oregon
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Lefty Jace Fry pitched eight one-hit innings and struck out a career-high 11 to lead Oregon State to a 7-1 victory against Oregon on Sunday, giving the Beavers a sweep of their Pacific-12 Conference series.
The only safely hit ball off Fry (8-1) was a clean single to left field by Austin Grebeck, the second batter of the game. Fry fanned seven of Oregon’s nine starters at least once and broke his old career high of 10 strikeouts, set on March 8 in his no-hitter against Northern Illinois, by fanning Aaron Payne in the seventh inning.
Brandon Jackson finished with a 1-2-3 ninth. Oregon’s only run was unearned; for the weekend, Beavers pitchers gave up just four runs and 10 hits, combined for 24 strikeouts, and posted a 1.00 ERA. They did not allow more than one run in any inning and held the top four hitters in Oregon’s lineup to an .059 (2-34) average and one run.
The Beavers (31-8 overall, 14-4 Pac-12) jumped to a 1-0 lead on a solo homer by Michael Conforto in the first inning and they never looked back in handing Oregon its fifth consecutive loss in the Civil War series. They added three more in the second for a 4-0 advantage, another in the third for a 5-0 cushion and their final two in the sixth for the final margin.
Conforto drove in two runs to raise his season total to 44, second on the team to Dylan Davis (47). Michael Howard singled twice, scored twice and drove in a run; shortstop Trever Morrison singled twice and drove in a run and catcher Logan Ice had two RBIs.
The Beavers have now won five games in a row against the Ducks (31-13, 10-8 Pac-12) over the past two seasons.