The eight-run victory ensured OSU of the conference series win over the Wildcats, and improved it to 21-8 overall and to 3-2 in the conference.
The Beavers opened the scoring in the second inning with three runs off of three hits and an error. Senior second baseman Chris Kunda provided the big punch, driving in a pair in the frame with a two-out single to right.
OSU added a run in the third, answered UA’s two runs in the fourth with a pair of its own in the bottom half of the inning to extend its advantage back to four, and scored one more in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-2 lead.
A three-run eighth capped off the scoring for the Beavers on the day.
OSU, which finished with 13 hits on the afternoon, had seven of its nine starters finish with at least one hit in the game. Mitch Canham, Darwin Barney, Cole Gillespie, Shea McFeely and Tyler Graham all finished with two hits apiece. Gillespie and McFeely both tallied a pair of RBI and two runs scored in the win.
UA’s Brad Mills (3-2) was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. OSU starter Jonah Nickerson improved to 5-3 on the year after continually working out jams and limiting UA to just two runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings on the mound. Reliever Joe Paterson picked up his first save of the season in working the final 3 2/3 innings scoreless.
Catcher Konrad Schmidt went 3 for 4 for Wildcats in the loss.