Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oregon State completes sweep of SDSU with 7-1 win

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Oregon State rode an early four-run lead against San Diego State to a 7-1 victory over the Aztecs, completing a four-game sweep of the series on a windy Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The No. 6-ranked Beavers (8-0) limited SDSU to two runs in the series, which included shutouts in the second and third games of the series.

SDSU freshman right-hander Cody Thompson, making his collegiate debut, allowed five hits and five runs with four walks and no strikeouts before he was relieved by Ethan Miller with one out in the third inning.

The Beavers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, loading the bases with two outs before Jeff Hendrix delivered a two-run single up the middle. SDSU third baseman Ty France's first-inning single off Oregon State starter Clay Bauer scored teammate Tim Zier from second base, ending a 21-inning scoreless streak for the No. 22-ranked Aztecs (3-4) and making it 2-1.

Oregon State loaded the bases in the third inning on doubles by Dylan Davis and Danny Hayes and a walk to Hendrix before Kavin Keyes drove in two runs with a double to left-center. Miller hit a batter after replacing Thompson, then walked Andy Peterson to force in a run that made it 5-1.

The Beavers added single runs in the sixth and ninth innings to complete the scoring.

Oregon State pulled Bauer two outs into the second inning. He was replaced by right-hander Bandon Jackson, who scattered four hits over the next 4.1 innings before allowing Steven Pallares and Avondre Bollar to reach base leading off the seventh. The Beavers went to the bullpen again. Right-hander Scott Schultz came on and induced first baseman John Spirk to hit a double-play grounder, then got out of the inning on Danny Sheehan's ground ball to second base.

The Aztecs leave town for the first time this season when they travel to Santa Clara for games Tuesday and Wednesday against the Broncos. The team then returns for a three-game weekend series against Seton Hall at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The first 500 fans at Friday night's opener will receive Tony Gwynn Jr. replica jersey shirts.

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