Baseball Season In Review
About The 2021 Season
Oregon State finished with a 37-24 record and 16-14 record in Pac-12 Conference play. The Beavers advanced to the Fort Worth Regional, where Oregon State went 3-2. The team's 16-14 record placed OSU in a tie for fifth in the Pac-12.
Oregon State made their 20th all-time postseason appearance since the program's first season in 1907. The Beavers are now 72-41 (.637) in the postseason, including a 39-25 (.609) record in NCAA Regional games. OSU is 34-15 (.694) in regional games since the NCAA adopted the current postseason format.
Mitch Canham First Full Year
Mitch Canham, the Pat Casey Head Baseball Coach, finished his first full season at the helm of the program. Canham coached in 14 games in 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic ended the season prematurely. Canham is 42-33 (.560) in two seasons in Corvallis.
That's A Record
Oregon State's pitching staff recorded 611 strikeouts in 2021, setting a new single-season record for the program. The Beavers, whose 611 strikeouts finished 11th nationally, averaged 10.07 ks through nine, which also led the Pac-12. Only 31 teams finished with more than 10 per nine nationally.
Led The League In ERA
Oregon State's pitching staff also led the Pac-12 with a 3.48 earned run average. That mark was good enough for ninth nationally. OSU was one of just two Pac-12 clubs and 38 nationally to finish with a sub-4.00 ERA.
Hits Per Nine
Oregon State finished tied for ninth nationally allowing just seven hits per nine innings. That easily led the Pac-12, ahead of No. 2 UCLA, which finished at 8.1.
Fielding Record, Too
Oregon State finished with a .982 fielding percentage, which set the Beavers' single-season record. That bettered the 2014 and 2018 clubs, which both posted .979 marks. The .982 fielding percentage placed the Beavers in a tie for third nationally. Just 15 teams finished with a .980 mark or better.
Mully Goes For Four
Jake Mulholland made history by breaking the Oregon State career saves record, and ended his time with the Beavers at 43. Mulholland later made history by becoming the first ever Oregon State player to earn All-America honors in four different seasons. He was selected as a second-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Prior to 2021, he and Michael Conforto were the only players in school history to earn All-America honors in three different seasons.
Speaking of honors, Mulholland, Will Frisch and Troy Claunch were all named All-Pac-12 First Team selections. Kevin Abel, Bryant Salgado, Jacob Melton and Garret Forrester were all selected honorable mention. Frisch was also named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
On The Road
Oregon State played just 26 of its 61 games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers were 20-15 away from home. OSU played just six of its final 26 games at Goss Stadium. The Beavers ended the regular season away from home for the first time since the 2014 season.
Two Of The Top Four
Kevin Abel (109 strikeouts) and Cooper Hjerpe (98) placed second and fourth, respectively, in the Pac-12's stats rankings. Abel ranked first in the Pac-12 with 11.96 strikeouts per nine innings while Hjerpe finished fourth at 11.45.
Another 10-Game Win Streak
Oregon State won 10 straight from Feb. 20 to March 6, and was one just 34 teams nationally to record one 10-game win streak. The Beavers have now posted at least one 10-game win streak every year since 2013 (excluding 2020 as it was canceled after just 14 games).