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    ´╗┐Beavers get the best of Oklahoma Dylan Davis drove in five runs and Oregon State redeemed itself from a dreadful start against Oklahoma in the finale of the Nike College Showcase in front of 1,046 fans at a wet Goss Stadium on Sunday. Some might think it was personal redemption for Davis who started on the mound for the first time in his OSU baseball career and left after a third of an inning with the bases loaded but it was really for the entire Beavers team. OSU was coming off a disappointing 6 3 loss to Connecticut on Saturday night when the Beavers were outcompeted by the Big East Huskies. Then the Beavers fell behind 7 0 after two innings to the 16th ranked Sooners. But three relievers shut out Oklahoma over the final seven innings and the Beavers never gave up, breaking through for eight runs over the seventh and eighth innings to capture an 11 7 victory. "I expect better of myself," said Davis, who struck out the first batter he faced, then walked the bases full to open the nike metcon game. "I wanted to get back out there and do some thing to feel better, to see what I could do to impact the ballgame." The Beavers had not won this season when trailing after six innings, but that ended on Sunday with a five run seventh, followed by a two homer, three run eighth. Davis had four of his five RBIs in those two innings with a two run double and two run homer. "He's a really even keeled player," said Michael Conforto, who has played with Davis since both freshmen were 10. "He doesn't have the highs and lows a lot of baseball players have. He didn't let (the start) affect him. Maybe he won't have the best start for a game, but then he'll be 3 for 4 with a couple extra base hits. You can never count him out of nike youth baseball cleats a game." That approach is what coach Pat Casey was looking for, from the whole team. "We were disappointed in our performance (Saturday) night in how we played the game, and that is to take nothing away from Connecticut, we need to compete to play and win games. We didn't play good fundamental baseball (against UConn) and we didn't again today, but the one thing we did do was compete. When you compete you give yourself a chance to win." It took a while, but the Beavers kept swinging, kept fielding and, somehow, kept Oklahoma from scoring again after reliever Scott Schultz gave up five unearned runs in the second. Both nike 6 month warranty of OSU's errors came on the same play, when Schultz threw a bunted ball into the Beavers bullpen with two runners on. "(Saturday) night was difficult. Coach Casey's talk, he was pretty disappointed," Davis said. "We wanted to carry that competitive nature into this one. We didn't have it the first couple of innings." Carlos Rodriguez, Riley Wilkerson (1 0) and Tony Bryant kept the Sooners (11 5) from scoring again by battling on the mound and giving their defense a chance to make plays. Offensively, Conforto got the Beavers started with a solo home run to left in the fourth. They got within 7 3 despite a base running miscue in the fifth when Max Gordon was picked off first. "This game just speaks a lot to our character as a team," Conforto said. "We're never going to give up." Gordon made up for it in the seventh with a leadoff double. Tyler Smith singled, Conforto doubled in Gordon and Davis drilled his double off the fence in left center. An error on right fielder Dustin Dishman put Ryan Dunn on second and Davis on third trailing 7 6, and pinch hitter Danny Hayes coaxed both home when his hard grounder bounced off Oklahoma first baseman Max White. With that the Beavers had the lead at last, 8 6. They expanded the lead when Davis crushed his homer over the batting cages in left field and Ryan Dunn followed with a full count solo homer, also to left, in the eighth.