Stanford tops Beavs 8-5 in series opener!

Oregon State and Stanford are in a heck of a battle with UCLA for the Pac-12 Title. The Beavers entered last night's game at Sunken Diamond knowing they had a 13-game winning streak at Stanford's ballpark and so did the Cardinal. Oregon State led the game 5-3 after four and a half innings but then Stanford scores four in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead and never looked back. 8-5 the final. Now the big question is about the status of the rest of the series. A huge Pacific storm is heading to Palo Alto. Today's game has been moved up to 12:05 pm to try and beat the rain. You can hear the game weather permitting in the Portland area on 102.3 FM with pregame coverage at 11:30 am.

Here is the official game story on last night's 8-5 loss from OSU Athletics!

Joe Casey went 3-for-4 with a triple and Alex McGarry hit his eighth home run of the season but Oregon State dropped an 8-5 decision to Stanford Friday night at Sunken Diamond.

The loss snapped a 13-game win streak for Oregon State at Sunken Diamond, dating back to the 2009 season.

Casey paced Oregon State's (34-16-1 overall, 19-6 Pac-12 Conference) eight-hit attack with his eighth multi-hit effort of the season, and fourth with three hits. He was backed up McGarry, who tallied two hits for his 12thmulti-hit game. He also drove in two.

Adley Rutschman, meanwhile, finished with two RBI as well.

McGarry opened the game's scoring with a solo home run in the second, his eighth shot of the season. Stanford (39-9, 20-5) scored three in the bottom half of the inning, but then Casey and Rutschman drove in runs on a triple and single, respectively.

The Beavers took the lead in the fifth on a single by Rutschman, and extended it to 5-3 when McGarry singled to right. The Cardinal, however, with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Both starters were chased before going a full five innings.Bryce Fehmel started for the Beavers and allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. His counterpart, Brendan Beck, worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs.

Fehmel took the loss and dropped to 7-2 this season. The win went to Jacob Palisch, who threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings to improve to 3-1 this season.

Next Up

Oregon State and Stanford continue their three-game series Saturday at 12:05 p.m. PT. It will air live on the Pac-12 Network.

Radio Saturday

Fans in the Portland area can find Saturday's game on 102.3 FM.

Two More RBI

Adley Rutschman drove in a pair of runs on Friday, and the junior took sole possession of third place in the Oregon State career record books with 171. He's two behind No. 2 Andy Jarvis (2000-03) and eight behind No. 1 Michael Conforto (2012-14). Rutschman has 55 RBI on the year, five shy of tying KJ Harrison(2015) for the 10th-most in a single season.

Bullpen Continues Strong Stretch

Joey Mundt gave up his first run since Feb. 16 against Gonzaga, snapping a stretch of five consecutive outings without a run allowed. The Oregon State bullpen, meanwhile, has allowed just one run in its last 20 innings. The 'pen has allowed just seven hits over that stretch.

Rutschman's Honors This Week

Adley Rutschman has received a considerable number of honors this week. On Wednesday, he was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award (top amateur player). On Thursday, he was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (top collegiate player). On Friday, he was named a semifinalist for the Buster Posey Award (nation's top catcher).

Error-Free Streak Snapped

Oregon State's error-free streak was snapped at seven games. It had been the team's longest stretch without committing an error since the 2012 Beavers went eight games from May 15 through June 1 of that season.

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