Beavers Edged By Oregon In Game Two Of Series
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Cooper Hjerpe struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings but took the loss as No. 16 Oregon State dropped a 3-0 decision to Oregon Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The Rivalry Series is presented by Safeway-Albertsons, Spirit Mountain Casino, PacificSource Health Plans, Your Local Toyota Dealers and First Interstate Bank.
Hjerpe scattered six hits in his fourth start of the season, and held Oregon (8-2 overall) scoreless through five innings. The Ducks, however, got on the board with a three-run sixth inning, highlighted by Josh Kasevich's two-out, two-run triple.
Hjerpe dropped to 1-1 this season.
Oregon starter Cullen Kafka earned the win after limiting Oregon State (10-3) to two hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in five innings. He improved to 1-0 in 2021.
Oregon State and Oregon conclude their non-conference series Sunday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. PT. The Rivalry Series is presented by Safeway-Albertsons, Spirit Mountain Casino, PacificSource Health Plans, Your Local Toyota Dealers and First Interstate Bank.
Follow The Game
Sunday's game will be live streamed; the link can be found by visiting osubeavers. Live stats, info on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn and more can also be found by visiting osubeavers.com.
On The Hill
Oregon State is slated to send right-handed pitcher Jake Pfennigs (1-0, 3.29) to the mound against Oregon righty Brett Walker (1-0, 3.00).
Melton Ups His Streak To Eight
Jacob Melton reached on an infield single in the fifth inning to extend his hit streak to eight games. It's the longest active streak on the team.
Note On Washburn
Jack Washburn worked a career-long three innings on Saturday. The freshman struck out four, also surpassing his previous best of two. The righty has nine strikeouts to just one walk in seven innings this season.
The teams, who combined for 28 strikeouts on Friday, struck out a total of 22 times on Saturday, bringing that number to 50 over the first 18 innings of the series. That amounts to 46.2 percent of the 108 total outs in the series.
Strikeouts, Part Two
Oregon State's pitching staff has accounted for 27 of those 50 strikeouts. Sixteen of the 27 have been by starters Kevin Abel and Cooper Hjerpe over 10 innings.
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