Kyle Dernedde Ties Oregon State Postseason RBI Record In Win
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Dernedde tied the Oregon State postseason single-game record with six runs batted in, on the strength of two doubles, to send Oregon State to a 10-5 win over McNeese Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
With the win, the Beavers improved to 35-23 and advance to Sunday's action at the Fort Worth Regional. The Beavers will play either host TCU or three-seed Dallas Baptist at 11 a.m. PT (1 p.m. in Texas). Broadcast info will be announced at the completion of Saturday's national action.
Dernedde cleared the bases on both doubles, doing so in the fourth to give the Beavers a 5-2 lead. He did it again in the eighth, dropping a line drive down the left field line with one down in the eighth inning.
The six RBI tied Bill Rowe's program record for RBI in a postseason game. Rowe drove in six nearly 15 years to the day, on June 4, 2006 against Hawai'i.
OSU scored five runs in both the fourth and eighth innings, with Ryan Ober drove in one in each frame. Garret Forrester opened the Beavers' scoring with a run-scoring single in the fourth, followed by Ober's first RBI single of the day.
Forrester singled again in the eighth – he has two two-hit efforts in Fort Worth – which enabled Troy Claunch to come in from second after a McNeese throwing error. Ober then made it a 7-5 game before Dernedde's second bases-clearing double.
Chase Watkins tossed three innings of relief for the win, improving to 3-4 on the year. He allowed one hit and one unearned run with three strikeouts.
The loss went to McNeese (32-30) reliever Cameron Foster, who allowed three of the five runs in the eighth. He did not record an out and dropped to 1-5 on the year.
The Cowboys jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to runs in both the second and third innings. McNeese found itself down 5-2 after the Beavers' five-run fourth but the Cowboys clawed their way back with two in the fifth and one more in the seventh.
Cooper Hjerpe made his first career postseason appearance Saturday, and went 4 1/3 innings in his 16th start of the season. He struck out nine for the fourth time this season, but allowed four runs on three hits and five walks. He did not figure in the decision after being relieved by Jack Washburn in the fifth.
Hjpere's counterpart, Will Dion, worked six full, allowing six hits and five runs. He struck out eight and walked two. He did not figure in the decision after McNeese tied the game in the seventh.
- Garret Forrester marked the game's first baserunner via a walk in the second. He saw 10 pitches during the at bat.
- The Beavers and Cowboys met for the first time since 1991, a 6-5 McNeese win.
- Cooper Hjerpe's nine strikeouts were tied for the second-most by the lefty this season. He now has 96 on the season, good for third in the Pac-12 Conference.
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