Michael Conforto sets career RBI mark as No. 1 Oregon State sweeps UCLA
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Michael Conforto homered twice and broke the school career RBI record on Sunday as top-ranked Oregon State routed UCLA 11-2 to complete a weekend sweep of the defending NCAA champions.
Conforto shattered the old mark on a three-run homer in the seventh inning that easily cleared the right-field bleachers. He added a two-run shot over the right-field fence in the eighth inning to finish the day with five RBI. He now has 177 career RBIs; Andy Jarvis (2000-03) held the old record of 173.
Conforto’s first homer capped a six-run outburst that broke a 2-2 standoff. Moments before, the Beavers had taken a 3-2 lead on a safety squeeze bunt single by Andy Peterson; Conforto followed with a three-run bomb and Logan Ice and Trever Morrison each added an RBI before the side was finally retired.
In the eighth, Dylan Davis punctuated Conforto’s home run with one of his own over the left-field fence. They were OSU’s first consecutive homers since Conforto and Davis went back-to-back against Kansas State on June 9, 2013, in Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional.
It was the 11th consecutive win overall and the 11th consecutive Pacific-12 Conference victory for the Beavers (38-8, 20-4). They are 13-1 in their last 14 and 18-2 in their last 20.
Jace Fry gave up two runs in the first inning and then shut the Bruins (23-25-1, 10-14) down on two hits over the next seven innings for his 10th win in 11 decisions. Fry struck out seven, walked two and improved his home record to 5-1 this season and 9-3 lifetime.
UCLA jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on Nick Kern’s two-run triple. The Beavers pulled even on a two-run homer by Jeff Hendrix in the third inning. UCLA dodged a bullet when Conforto grounded out with the bases loaded to end the fifth, but it was not as fortunate in his next two at-bats in suffering its sixth consecutive loss.
Hendrix was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. He hit .444 (8-18) in four games during the week, with a homer, two doubles, six runs, five RBIs, two stolen bases and the game-winning RBI in a 4-3, 12-inning nonconference victory at Oregon on May 6.
Ice added four singles and an RBI. Peterson singled, doubled and scored twice and first baseman Gabe Clark doubled, singled and scored as the Beavers battered starter Cody Poteet and three relievers for 15 hits. They have now won four consecutive series against UCLA and are 9-3 in the rivalry since 2011, inclusive.
OSU has swept five Pac-12 series and is 8-1 in all conference series this spring.