Oregon State Falls To Arizona In Series Opener
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Wade Meckler and Ryan Ober both recorded two hits and Jake Dukart drove in a pair of runs but Oregon State lost the series opener to Arizona, 12-4, Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Dukart doubled home two in the sixth to tie the game at four but the Wildcats went ahead for good with two in the seventh and six more in the eighth for the final tally. The two RBI gave Dukart his team-leading 10th multiple-RBI game of the year. He has 20 RBI overall with 15 coming in Pac-12 Conference play.
Meckler singled in the first and fifth innings, plating a run in the latter at bat. Ober singled in the fourth and doubled in the eighth for his 16th multiple-hit game of the year. Meckler, meanwhile, now has 10.
Kevin Abel started for Oregon State, striking out nine in five innings. He allowed two hits and four runs with five walks. Jack Washburn came on in relief of Abel in the sixth and struck out three. He did, however, take the loss after allowing two runs in 1 2/3 innings. He is 3-2 this season.
Arizona starter Chase Silseth picked up his eighth win of the season. The righty scattered six hits and four runs in six innings, walking two with six strikeouts.
Oregon State (32-19, 14-11 Pac-12) got on the board first via a second-inning wild pitch. Arizona's (37-13, 20-8) Donta Williams hit a third-inning solo home run to even the game at one. The Wildcats went up 4-1 with a three-run fifth inning.
The teams continue the three-game series Saturday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. PT.
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Oregon State will recognize its senior class and graduates prior to Saturday's game. The ceremony will start at approximately 5:30 p.m.
- Kevin Abel struck out nine, leaving him with 99 on the year. He is one shy of the 15th 100-strikeout season by an Oregon State pitcher. He's looking to join Jonah Nickerson (2005 and 2006) and Luke Heimlich (2017 and 2018) as the only three Beavers to reach the plateau twice. Abel did so first in 2018.
- Oregon State's starters have now struck out 264 in 219 2/3 innings this season. That's 10.81 strikeouts per nine innings.
- Ryan Ober batted in the fifth spot of the lineup for the third time this season. It marked the first time he batted in a spot other than second since April 20 versus Portland. He had been in the second spot for 15 consecutive games.
- Joe Casey batted in the ninth spot for the first time.
- The Beavers' two runs in the sixth gave them 49 in the inning this season.
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