|Oregon State (23-6)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||X||4||7||1|
|Corvallis, Ore. | Goss Stadium
|Win: Ben Wetzler (6-0)|
|Loss: Brett Hanewich (1-2)|
|Wayne Taylor - 1-3, RBI|
|Drew Jackson - 1-3, R|
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State ace Ben Wetzler limited Stanford to four hits in nine innings, as the Cardinal fell 4-1 at Goss Stadium Friday evening.
Brett Hanewich (1-2) took the loss after going 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on five hits after a shaky start. The freshman allowed a run in each of the first two innings, but settled down to retire 10 straight through a stretch of the middle innings.
Stanford (10-12, 3-4 Pac-12) and Oregon State (23-6, 7-3 Pac-12) traded lengthy first chances at the plate, as the first inning took 25 minutes. Both teams loaded the bases, but Oregon State scored the only run on a bases-loaded walk.
Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto hit a solo homer in the fifth and the Beaver tacked on another run in the sixth before Stanford’s bullpen took over.
Relievers Chris Castellanos and Marcus Brakeman gave the Cardinal an opportunity to come back but that bats could not get started. The two out of the bullpen went 2.2 innings, while allowing just two hits, walking two and striking out a pair.
The Cardinal’s only run came in the second inning after Drew Jackson reached on an error and moved to second on a sac bunt from Tommy Edman. Wayne Taylor delivered a RBI single down the left field line to even the score.
Stanford’s best opportunity to score was in the first with the sacks packed. Wetzler (6-0) had uncharacteristically walked the bases loaded. After that, the Cardinal managed multiple base runners in a single frame on just two other occasions.
Taylor, Edman and Jackson each picked up hits, along with Alex Blandino. Alex Dunlap snapped an eight-game hitting streak.
The two teams are back at Goss Stadium tomorrow for game two of the three-game set. Tomorrow’s first pitch is slated for 1:35 p.m.