Beavers baseball drops finale to Arizona


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michael Conforto hit his fourth home run of the season and Matt Boyd scattered one run in 4 1/3 innings of relief but the 19th-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped a 7-5 decision to No. 5 Arizona in the series finale Sunday at Goss Stadium.

Conforto hit a two-run home run in the fifth to pull the Beavers to within one, 6-5. Arizona’s Alex Mejia, however, hit a solo home run off Boyd in the sixth – the reliever’s only run allowed – to give Arizona the two-run lead for good.

Boyd worked in relief of starter Jace Fry and limited the Wildcats to three hits with four strikeouts. Fry ended the game with the loss, dropping him to 1-1, after allowing six hits and six runs – four earned – in 4 2/3 innings.

The Beavers held a 2-0 lead after two innings and then a 3-2 advantage after four. Arizona, however, scored four in the fifth – with two of the four earned – to take the lead for good.

Robert Refsnyder had three hits to pace the Wildcats, who improved to 18-7 overall and 4-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Mejia and Seth Mejias-Brean also had two hits.

James Farris picked up the win for Arizona after going 7 2/3 innings to improve to 3-1. He allowed six hits and five runs with two walks and six strikeouts.

Ryan Dunn led the Beavers (15-7, 4-2) with two hits.

Oregon State next plays Tuesday when the Beavers visit Portland at Joe Etzel Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT.