Baseball Drops Pac-12 Opener
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Garret Forrester drove in his first career run in Oregon State's 5-2 loss to Washington State Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The game marked the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.
Forrester drove a two-out single to left in the sixth inning, bringing in Brade Kasper from third, to get the Beavers on the board. Oregon State (11-4 overall, 0-1 Pac-12 Conference), however, was unable to overcome the Cougars' (11-2, 1-0) advantage, which was highlighted by a two-run home run from Justin Van De Brake in the team's three-run fifth inning.
Oregon State added one run in the ninth via a Joe Casey sacrifice fly, scoring Jake Dukart who had doubled to open the inning.
Kevin Abel made the start for the Beavers and took the loss to drop to 1-3 this season. The righty struck out six but allowed seven hits, four walks and four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Washington State starter Brandon White was perfect through 5 2/3 innings and worked seven innings to pick up his third win of the season. He held the Beavers to three hits, a run and a walk with seven strikeouts.
Oregon State continues the series with Washington State Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. First pitch is slated for 1:35 p.m. PT.
Follow The Series
Saturday'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 left-handed pitcher Cooper Hjerpe (1-1, 2.49) to the mound Saturday against Washington State right-hander Zane Mills (3-0, 0.42).
First pitch was delayed more than one hour, to 6:45 p.m., due to rain in the Corvallis area.
Oregon State's relievers inherited six runners on Friday. All three OSU relievers – Joey Mundt, Will Frisch and Nathan Burns – came on with two runners on. They all stranded their runners.
As A Team
Oregon State's pitching staff has inherited 21 runners this season, with 20 being stranded. That's a 95.2 percent success rate.
Brady Kasper Note
Freshman Brady Kasper made his collegiate debut on Friday, starting at designated hitter in the No. 9 spot of the lineup. He recorded his first hit in the sixth, then scored his first run later in the inning when Garret Forrester singled to left. Kasper is the eighth player to make their Division I debut in 2021.
Washington State recorded 12 hits Friday. It's just the second time this season the OSU staff has allowed 10 or more hits this season, following 11 in the second game of the season versus Gonzaga.
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