Jones pitches Ducks past Beavers


CORVALLIS - Christian Jones pitched eight innings of shutout ball and Oregon scored five runs in the first three innings en route to a 7-2 upset victory over third-ranked Oregon State Tuesday night at Goss Stadium.

Jones (4-2) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one for Oregon (23-20).

James Nygren (7-2) took the loss for the Beavers (32-10), who lost for only the third time in 13 games against Oregon since restarting its program in 2009.

The Beavers were blanked until Garrett Nash's two-run home run in the ninth off Jones. Kellen Moen came on in relief to finish the game for Oregon.

The Ducks, who entered the game ranked last in the Pac-10 in batting average (.242) and on-base percentage (.337), pounded out nine hits and OSU pitchers issued three walks and hit two UO batters.

It was a sloppy defensive game for the Beavers, who committed three errors. Two Oregon runs were unearned, and a flubbed potential double-play by catcher Parker Berberet cost a couple of more runs.

Jones, meanwhile, benefited from solid defense behind him. Four of the Beavers' five base runners through the first eight innings were erased on inning-ending double-plays.