Jace Fry had a 4-0 lead before ever toeing the rubber in Sunday’s series finale between the Oregon State baseball team and Arizona at Hi Corbett Field. What Fry did next was dominate. The lefty tossed seven hitless innings and struck out five while facing just three over the minimum to pace the Beavers to an 11-0 win over Arizona to win the finale and claim the series over the Wildcats. Fry allowed an inning-opening single to Willie Calhoun to open the eighth, which turned out to be his 111th and final pitch of the day. He was then removed from the game in favor of Scott Schultz; Fry walked to the third base dugout and received a standing ovation from the Oregon State fans in attendance. Fry was vying to become the first Pac-12 Conference pitcher to throw two no-hitters. His first came three starts earlier, on March 8, against Northern Illinois. He earned his fifth win of the season, improving to 5-1, and lowered his earned run average from 2.08 to 1.81. The win also marked the 10th of his career. Up 5-0 heading to the sixth, the Beavers (21-6 overall, 6-3 Pac-12 Conference) scored four in the inning on the three hits, the last of which was a triple to left by Keyes that scored two. Conforto and Davis also drove in runs during the frame.
No. 11 Oregon jumped to an early lead and then cruised to a 9-2 win over Stanford on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond. The Ducks used a seven-run second inning to take command of the game after scoring once in the first. Tyler Baumgartner went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. The senior right fielder picked up a RBI in the top of the first to give Oregon a 1-0 lead and then drove in two in the second. Shaun Chase was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the eighth and two RBI. Aaron Payne scored two runs and drove in a run, while Mitchell Tolman, Kyle Garlick and A.J. Balta each had one RBI. Jeff Gold (7-0) picked up the win allowing two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings pitched. Oregon (19-8, 6-3 Pac-12) travels to Gonzaga for games on Tuesday and Wednesday before heading to Seattle to start a three-game Pac-12 series on Friday. Stanford (10-11, 3-3) visits Oregon State this weekend.
For six innings Sunday at Howe Field, Mike White played chessmaster of the Oregon softball team, moving pieces around to put the Ducks in position for a sweep of Washington. In the top of the fifth inning, White pulled his starting pitcher, even though she had allowed just three hits and had the lead. In the bottom of the fifth, the UO coach bunted with his cleanup hitter to put a runner on third with one out. Yet there the Ducks were in the bottom of the seventh, trailing by one to the No. 5 Huskies. Alexa Peterson walked with one out, bringing to the plate all-time UO home run hitter Kailee Cuico. With few coaching buttons left to push, White sat back and watched as Cuico blasted a walk-off home run to give No. 2 Oregon a 4-3 victory and its first ever sweep of Washington. “One of the best coaches I ever knew said, ‘Sometimes you can try and do too much,’ and I think that may have been the case,” White said. “You want to win it just as bad as the players do, sometimes you try to do too many things. In that case, you get a runner on, let’s go for the long ball. Kailee stood in there, saw the ball and did a great job.” The victory gave the Ducks (30-4, 6-0 Pac-12) their fifth straight win over the Huskies, who still hold a dominant 50-22 lead in the all-time series. Oregon’s sweep also came over a key rival for the Pac-12 title, and should boost the Ducks’ chance of hosting
Junior Dani Gilmore hit her 23rd career home run, but the Oregon State softball team could not overcome a strong offensive showing by California, as the Golden Bears took a 13-3 victory Sunday morning at OSU Softball Complex. The second game of the day was cancelled due to rain. With her seventh-inning blast, Gilmore is now tied with Vanessa Iapala for 10th on Oregon State’s career list. She finished the game with two RBIs and a walk, bringing her total to 92 bases on balls in her career, as she moves within four of second on OSU’s career list. Junior Ya Garcia recorded two hits and two runs, while freshman Alexis Gonzalez finished the day with a hit, an RBI and a walk. Sophomore Kori Nishitomi and junior CJ Chirichigno tallied one hit apiece, while senior Hannah Bouska ended the day with two walks. The Beavers got out to an early lead, scoring one in the first inning, when Gonzalez ripped a double to center to bring home Garcia. California plated one in the third and five in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead, before adding seven in the seventh frame to stretch the edge to 13-1. Gilmore’s blast in the bottom of the seventh brought in Garcia, but it was not enough, as the Golden Bears took the victory. Sunday’s contest was the only game the Beavers were able to play over the weekend, after having games cancelled on Friday and Saturday. Oregon State will return to action Wednesday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara in a game starting at 12 p.m.
Many young Ducks took advantage of an opportunity to stamp themselves into Oregon history as the Ducks won 12 events during the final day of the Aztec Invitational, Saturday, eight of which came from freshmen and sophomores. Former North Bend athlete Sammie Clark set a personal-best in the pole vault for the Ducks to start the season at the Oregon Preview, clearing 13-7, but raised that to 13-7.25 (4.15m) during her win, Saturday in San Diego. The Ducks will return to Historic Hayward Field, Saturday, April 5 for the Pepsi Arizona Dual at 1 p.m.