No. 20 Oregon State drops Portland
Rodriguez hits three-run home run to lead Beavers to victory
PORTLAND, Ore. - Jake Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the second inning and Dan Child allowed six hits in 7 1/3 innings to lead the Oregon State to a 5-0 win against Portland Monday afternoon.
Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the second -- his second round-tripper of the season -- to send the Beavers to their 14th consecutive win against Portland and eighth consecutive at Joe Etzel Field. The home run came on a 2-0 pitch from Portland starter Jeremy Burright and it scored Ryan Gorton and Kavin Keyes to give the Beavers a four-run lead.
The four runs were all Child needed as the starter finished with his seventh quality start of the season to improve to 4-2 this season. He held Portland (20-11 overall) scoreless in scattering six hits and tied a season-high with nine strikeouts. He did not issue a walk.
Burright worked just two innings for the Pilots and took the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. He allowed four hits and four runs.
The Beavers (24-11) took a 1-0 lead in the first when Michael Conforto, the Pac-12's leading run producer, drove in his 51st of the season on a sacrifice fly to right that was caught at the fence. It scored Joey Matthews, who had singled to open the game and moved to third when Tyler Smith singled.
Ryan Barnes finished off the game's scoring with a pinch-hit single in the ninth, scoring Ryan Dettman from second.
Gorton had a team-leading three hits for his sixth multi-hit game of the year. By going 3-for-4, he extended his hit streak to a season-long five games.
Rodriguez also doubled in the seventh for his ninth multiple-hit game of the season.
Chet Thompson and Jeff Melby both had two hits for the Pilots, who managed to place runners on third twice but failed to drive them in.