KEIZER — Dylan Davis blasted a two-out grand slam in the seventh inning and pitched five shutout innings as No. 2 Oregon State tied a school record with its 21st straight win over Portland, stopping the Pilots 8-4 before a crowd of 4,226 at Volcanoes Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Beavers (39-8) have now won 12 straight overall as they head into a Pac-12 showdown with Washington this weekend. The Beavers (20-4) hold a one-game lead over the Huskies (19-5) with six games to play.
The status of Ben Wetzler, OSU’s regular Friday night starter, is still unknown. Wetzler was arrested and released on two misdemeanor charges early last Saturday morning.
“With Ben, we take this matter really seriously, as all matters that deal with our student athletes,” Casey said. “Myself as a coach, the athletic department, the university, we deal with them immediately upon finding out all the details of what’s going on.”
Casey said he expects to make an announcement at some point in the near future about any disciplinary actions for Wetzler. He said he is waiting to hear from the university about what that might be.
“I apologize for not speaking to the media on Sunday but I didn’t have the authority to speak on Ben’s behalf, or the university’s behalf,” Casey said. “I didn’t have any information other than what Ben had told me. So I didn’t feel it was appropriate.”
Davis’ first career grand slam came after Pilots pitchers hit Trever Morrison, Jeff Hendrix and Michael Conforto. Davis lined into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the fifth.
In addition to his sixth home run of the season and five RBIs — he now has a Pac-12-leading 62 after driving in 61 last season — Davis worked the first five innings, allowing just one hit while walking two and striking out five.
The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the second as Nick Rulli delivered a one-out single to left that scored Gabe Clark, who also singled.
OSU tacked on a run in the third as Davis hit a sacrifice fly to score Andy Peterson, who walked and went from first to third on a wild pitch.
Rulli made a catch against the fence in right field to take a hit away from Chet Thompson leading off the top of the fourth. Caleb Whalen walked and Kevin Wade broke up the no-hitter with a single to center that Hendrix dove for. Davis ended the threat with a strike out.
Portland (11-38) tied the game in the seventh as pinch hitter Cooper Hummel had an RBI double and Bo Cornish hit a sacrifice fly. Conforto made a diving catch in foul territory to end the inning and strand a runner at second.
Hendrix added an RBI triple in the eighth and Conforto had a run-scoring single to make it 8-2.
The Pilots scored twice in the ninth.
(2) Oregon State 8, Portland 4
PORTLAND 000 000 202 — 4 8 0
OREGON STATE 011 000 42x — 8 11 1
Radke, Kelly (7), Snyder (7), Bunda (7), Clardy (7), Fisher (8) and Cornish. Davis, Shelton (6), Reser (7), Engelbrekt (8), Schultz (9) and Ice. WP: Reser (5-0). LP: Kelly (1-6). 2B: Wade (UP). 3B: Hendrix (OSU). HR: Davis (OSU)
Hits: UP 8 (Thompson 2, Wade 2, Farley, Kopas, Hummel, Barr). OSU 11 (Hendrix 2, Conforto, Davis 2, Clark 2, Ice, Hamilton, Rulli, Morrison)
RBIs: UP 4 (Thompson Hummel, Cornish 2). OSU 8 (Hendrix, Conforto, Davis 5, Rulli)