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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Game two of the three-game series between fifth-ranked Washington and second-ranked Oregon State was billed as a pitching duel — and the game did not disappoint.
Oregon State’s Logan Ice broke a scoreless deadlock in the ninth with a double off the right-field wall that scored Dylan Davis from second to give the Beavers a 1-0 win and even the series at one game apiece.
Ice swung at the first pitch he saw from Huskies’ reliever Troy Rallings to send 3,323 screaming fans home happy and his team home with a one-game advantage in a tight Pac-12 race.
The Beavers (40-9, 21-5) assured themselves of ending the series against Washington (38-12-1, 20-6) with no worse than a tie in the Pac-12 standings, with one game remaining to be played today.
UW’s Tyler Davis (10-2) pitched effectively, but took the tough-luck loss. He allowed the lone earned run on six hits, struck out four and walked three.
“I thought Tyler pitched a great game,” said Huskies’ coach Lindsay Meggs. “We played good defense, we just couldn’t get that timely hit.”
OSU’s Davis led off the ninth with a single and was sacrificed to second. After an intentional walk, UW’s Davis’ day was done with 123 pitches and a career-high 8? innings under his belt.
Oregon State’s Jace Frye (11-1), who entered the game with an identical 10-1 record and sub-2.00 ERA, was equally impressive. He pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and three walks, while striking out nine.
The Huskies and Beavers wrap up the three-game series today at 3:05 p.m. Jeff Brigham (6-2, 3.04) will be on the mound for the Huskies, while OSU will counter with Ben Wetzler (9-1, 0.94).