April 20, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State baseball team dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 11 UCLA to open the three-game series between the teams Friday night at Goss Stadium.
Adam Plutko took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for UCLA (26-8 overall, 11-5 Pac-12 Conference) where it was broken up on a single by Michael Conforto to open the inning. Ryan Gorton also singled during the frame for the Beavers, but that's all the damage they could inflict on the UCLA starter, who improved to 5-2 this season. He worked 7 2/3 innings and allowed four walks with five strikeouts.
Ben Wetzler worked 6 2/3 innings for the Beavers (24-12, 6-7), allowing six hits and four runs before being replaced by Scott Schultz with two runners on in the seventh. Wetzler struck out four but also issued four walks and took the loss to drop to 4-2 this season.
UCLA went up 1-0 in the third on a solo home run by Beau Amaral, then took a 3-0 lead on a single by Cody Keefer and a groundout off the bat of Jeff Gelalich in the fifth.
The Bruins added to the lead with another run in the seventh when Keefer reached on an infield single.
Keefer led UCLA with two of the team's seven hits off Wetzler and relievers Scott Schultz, Zack Reser, Cole Baylis and Cole Brocker. No other player had a multi-hit game for either team.
Conforto's seventh-inning single extended his hit streak to seven games while Gorton's pushed his to a season-long six.
Oregon State and UCLA continue their series Saturday at Goss Stadium. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on KEZI 9.2 (channel 309 digitally or 9.2 over the air) and ROOT Sports Northwest with a 1:05 p.m. PT start. Fans who live in the Eugene/Corvallis region can find the game on KEZI 9.2 - fans elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest can find the game on ROOT Sports. Erik Elken and Jim Wilson will be behind the microphone for the broadcast.
The game can also be heard on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Mike Parker will call all the action.
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OREGON STATE NOTES: Tyler Smith started at second, Ryan Dunn at short and Kavin Keyes at third, all for the first time since April 3 against Portland ... It was Smith's sixth, Dunn's 15th and Keyes' 16th starts at their respective positions ... Beau Amaral's third-inning home run was the first allowed by Ben Wetzler this season ... Scott Schultz has inherited a team-high baserunners this season after entering with runners on first and second in the seventh ... Eight have scored this season ... His strikeout to end the seventh was the bullpen's 100th of the season ... The Beavers were last no-hit by Lewis & Clark State in 1994 ... The last no-hitter against by a league team came in 1978 versus Washington.
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