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, from Puyallup’s Rogers High School, 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 Sunday.
UW’s Tyler Davis (10-2) pitched his heart out, 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 1/3 innings under his belt.
“Everything seemed to be going right for me,” said Davis following his second loss of the season to the Beavers. “My defense was great behind me and they were swinging over pitches and hitting the ball on the ground when I needed them to.
“Everything was going right and Troy makes a great pitch, but their guy puts a great swing on it; it’s just how it has to end sometimes.”
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.
Frye, a three-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, kept the Huskies’ batters off-balance all day and was trouble-free for the majority of the early going. The Huskies first excellent scoring opportunities came in back-to-back innings in the sixth and seventh.
In the sixth, UW mounted a two-out rally, but, with the bases loaded, Frye got the Huskies leading hitter Brian Wolfe to pop out.
The next inning saw the Huskies get runners on first and second with two outs and Braden Bishop come through with an infield single to shortstop. Austin Rei tried to catch the defense asleep and score all the way from second on the play, but he was thrown out by a wide margin at the plate.
The Huskies got runners on base in both the eighth and ninth but could not come up with a clutch hit. Overall, the Huskies left nine runners on base.
Mitsui and Rei each had two of Washington’s seven hits on the day.
“It was a great college baseball game… a GREAT college baseball game,” said Meggs. “We just came out on the wrong end of it.
“That’s going to happen sometimes.”
The Huskies and Beavers wrap up the three-game series Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network. 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).
#2 Oregon State 1, #5 Washington 0
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Tyler Davis, Troy Rallings (9) and Austin Rei. Jace Frye and Logan Ice. W – Frye (11-1). L – Davis (10-2). Sv – none. HR – none. 3B – none. 2B – UW, Andrew Ely; OSU, Logan Ice. LOB: UW 9, OSU 6. Time – 2:22. Attendance – 3323.