Beavers Win Series Opener Against Utah
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jake Dukart went 4-for-4 and Jacob Melton recorded three hits to pace Oregon State to a 4-3 win over Utah Thursday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Jake Mulholland closed out his seventh game of 2021 and 37th of his career – tying Kevin Gunderson for the Oregon State record – but not before the Utes made a late rally. With OSU up 4-2 in the ninth, Utah pinch hitter Shea Kramer made it a 4-3 game with a single to left.
Mulholland, facing a runners on the corners situation, induced Jaylon McLaughlin into a game-ending fielder's choice to send Oregon State (19-5 overall, 6-1 Pac-12 Conference) to its sixth consecutive win.
Dukart doubled in the first and singled in the third, fifth and seventh innings for his second-career four-hit effort. His single in the fifth drove in a run and helped ignite a three-run frame that gave the Beavers the lead for good.
Dukart's single tied the game at two, which was followed by a Troy Claunch sacrifice fly. The Beavers' ended their scoring on a wild pitch.
Melton, meanwhile, tripled in the eighth to cap a 3-for-4 day. He also singled in both the second and fourth innings.
Jack Washburn started for the Beavers and worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two runs. He was replaced by Mitchell Verburg in the fourth, who earned his first win of 2021 after limiting Utah to two hits in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Utah (5-14, 2-5) starter Justin Kelly took the loss after allowing nine hits and four runs in five innings. He is 0-5 on the year.
The teams continue the series Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. First pitch is slated for 5:35 p.m. PT.
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The game will be live streamed; the link is available at osubeavers.com. 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 set to send right-handed pitcher Kevin Abel (2-3, 2.93) to the mound Friday against Utah left-handed pitcher Kyle Robeniol (1-2, 3.92).
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