Beavers Drop Game Two In Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon State baseball team dropped a 5-1 decision to Oregon Saturday night in the second game of the three-game series at PK Park.
The Rivalry Series is presented by Safeway-Albertsons, Spirit Mountain Casino, PacificSource Health Plans, Your Local Toyota Dealers and First Interstate Bank.
Jake Dukart drove in Oregon State's lone run of the game in the third. Wade Meckler doubled to open the inning, moved to third on a groundout by Jacob Melton and scored when Dukart sliced a single to left.
Oregon State (21-9 overall, 7-4 Pac-12 Conference) starter Cooper Hjerpe took the loss, dropping to 2-3 on the year. The lefty struck out three and scattered five hits and three runs in five innings.
Hjerpe's counterpart, Oregon right-hander Cullen Kafka, went 5 2/3 innings, limiting the Beavers to four hits and a run. He struck out seven and walked three, improving to 4-1 this season.
Oregon (18-7, 5-3) scored two in the second, then picked up its third run of the game on a double play in the fourth. The Ducks added to their 3-1 lead with two in the sixth, first on a single, then a bases-loaded walk.
The Beavers threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two down after Troy Claunch walked on 3-2. Oregon reliever Andrew Mosiello was able to get out of the jam on a groundout to third.
The teams conclude the series Sunday afternoon at PK Park in Eugene. First pitch is slated for 4:05 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
The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app. Live stats, info on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn and more can also be found by visiting osubeavers.com.
Cooper Hjerpe kept Oregon scoreless in the first. He has yet to allow a run and has given up just two hits with one walk and a hit batter in eight combined first innings this season. He has 11 strikeouts in the frame this season. As a team, OSU has allowed 15 hits and five runs – four earned – in the first. The staff has walked 11 and struck out 41 in 30 innings. The combined ERA is 1.20.
Limiting Extra Bases
The game featured the Pac-12's two toughest teams to earn an extra-base hit against. Both the Beavers and Ducks entered the game allowing just 43 extra-base hits on the year, the only two teams in the league with less than 50. Both teams stand at 44 this year; each had a double. OSU has allowed those 44 extra-base hits in 45 more innings.
Big Outing For Verburg
Mitchell Verburg faced seven batters in 2 1/3 innings, striking out five. He struck out the first four batters he faced after he entered in the sixth inning. It marked his fourth career outing with four or more strikeouts.
- Jacob Melton led off for the first time this season. Melton has also batted in the second, fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth spots of the lineup.
- Jake Dukart's single in the third pushed him to at least one hit in five of his last seven games.
- Cooper Hjerpe has now allowed just three earned runs in his last 20 2/3 innings. He has given up 10 hits over that stretch.
- Mitchell Verburg entered a bases-loaded situation in the sixth and was able to get out of the jam via a strikeout. He has inherited six runners this season, stranding four.
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