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Beavers clinch series with win over Bruins

Beavers clinch series with win over Bruins
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LOS ANGELES – LOS ANGELES - Ben Wetzler allowed one run and five hits over seven innings to help guide the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a series-clinching 5-2 win over No. 10 UCLA Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Wetzler, making his sixth start of the season, picked up his first win of the 2013 season after striking out five in the series finale. The Beavers won the series as they shut down the Bruins, 5-0, on Saturday. UCLA had opened the weekend with a 3-2 win on Friday.

Wetzler's lone blemish came on a solo home run by Brett Urabe to open the bottom half of the sixth. He improved to 1-1 on the year.

The Beavers (25-5 overall, 7-2 Pac-12 Conference) got to UCLA (19-9, 7-5) starter Grant Watson early and often, driving the left-hander from the game after just 3 1/3 innings. OSU held a 2-0 lead after one inning and stretched it to a 4-0 advantage after solo runs in both the third and fourth innings.

Jake Rodriguez drove in a run apiece in both the first and third innings, while Kavin Keyes singled in a run in the first and Andy Peterson singled up the middle in the fourth off reliever James Kaprelian, enabling Joey Matthews to come in from second.

Watson was charged with four runs and allowed five hits in the short start to take the loss and fall to 5-1 this season.

Ryan Barnes, Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto all had two hits to pace the Beavers. Conforto also drove in a run in the eighth, sending the Beavers to a 5-1 lead.

Rodriguez led the Beavers with two RBI.

Scott Schultz worked the final 1 1/3 innings for the Beavers, picking up the save, his seventh of the season.

The win gave the Beavers their third consecutive series victory over the Bruins, a first for Oregon State. OSU also improved to 11-6 in its last 17 games at UCLA, dating back to 2005.

Oregon State returns home Tuesday for a 4:05 p.m. PT non-conference tilt with Oregon. The Civil War presented by Pacific Source, Your Local Ford Stores, Wells Fargo and McDonald's will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.

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