Oregon State Offense Shines In 10-3 Victory
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Garret Forrester hit his first career home run in a 3-for-4 effort and Jake Dukart doubled twice to send Oregon State to a 10-3 win over Washington State Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Dukart also tallied three hits for the Beavers, who totaled 13 to even the three-game series at one apiece.
Forrester singled home a run in the third, then drove a pitch from Washington State reliever Duke Brotherton over the left field fence in the eighth to cap Oregon State's (12-4 overall, 1-1 Pac-12 Conference) offensive afternoon. The freshman has four runs batted in over the first two games of the series.
Ryan Ober drove home OSU's first run on a 6-3 groundout in the second, then watched Forrester put the Beavers up by two in the third. That led to a five-run fourth inning for Oregon State.
Two of the Beavers' five runs in the inning scored on wild pitches. Kyler McMahan also doubled home a run and Micah McDowell reached on a bunt single with McMahan at third. Dukart capped off the inning with his second double.
Cole Hamilton and Preston Jones each had two hits for the Beavers.
The 10-run effort was more than enough cushion for the Oregon State pitching staff, which held the Cougars (11-3, 1-1) to three runs on eight hits. Cooper Hjerpe started for OSU and limited WSU to two hits in four scoreless innings. He struck out eight but did not pitch long enough for the win.
The win went to reliever Jack Washburn, who struck out three and retired all nine batters he faced. He is 2-0 this season.
Zane Mills took the loss for Washington State after allowing eight hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. He is 3-1.
Oregon State concludes its three-game series versus Washington State Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. PT.
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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 (2-0, 2.41) to the mound Sunday. Washington State has yet to announce its starter for the series finale.
Oregon State's 13 hits Saturday marked the Beavers' most since recording 13 against New Mexico in the team's final game in Surprise.
Forrester's Big Day
Garret Forrester's home run came on a big offensive afternoon for the freshman. He recorded his first career multiple-hit effort as well as his first game with multiple RBI.
Oregon State recorded 12 strikeouts in the win, the team's 12th double-digit effort in 16 games this season. OSU's pitchers have 169 strikeouts in 144 innings this season. The staff has 95 strikeouts in 70 innings at home.
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