Hjerpe Ties OSU Strikeouts Record; Beavers Lose Pitcher’s Duel To Stanford
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Cooper Hjerpe tied the Oregon State single-game record with 17 strikeouts but Oregon State dropped a 1-0 decision to Stanford in 10 innings Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Hjerpe equaled Mason Smith's school record, set in 1994 against Portland. Hjerpe struck out the side twice and retired his last nine batters via strikeouts. He worked eight innings and gave up just two hits; Hjerpe did not figure in the decision.
Stanford (13-8 overall, 5-5 Pac-12 Conference) got its lone run in the 10th on back-to-back doubles by Kody Huff and Braden Montgomery. Both came off OSU (19-6, 6-4) reliever Reid Sebby, who scattered three hits and a run in two innings of relief. He took the loss and dropped to 1-1 on the year.
The Beavers totaled nine hits off four Stanford pitchers, including a game-high four by Wade Meckler, who set a career-high. Oregon State, however, 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Joey Dixon picked up the win for Stanford after holding the Beavers to one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief. He is 2-1 this season. Quinn Mathews picked up his first save with a scoreless 10th.
Stanford starter Alex Williams held the Beavers scoreless in 6 1/3 inning, scattering six hits.
The teams continue the three-game series Saturday afternoon with the first pitch at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field slated for 3:35 p.m. PT.
Oregon State Notes
- Cooper Hjerpe's previous career high for strikeouts was 12 against Arizona State on March 18 of this season. In that start versus the Sun Devils, he allowed one hit with two walks in seven innings.
- Hjerpe's 17 strikeouts are the most nationally this season.
- Hjerpe struck out eight straight batters from the sixth through the eighth. That equaled Brandon Eisert's outing on April 4, 2017 at Portland.
- Hjerpe has allowed just three hits and three walks in 15 innings over his last two starts at Goss. He has 29 strikeouts over those 15 innings.
- Hjerpe has struck out seven or more in six of his seven starts this season. He's posted eight or more in five of those seven.
- Friday's game marked the first time this season Hjerpe did not receive a decision. He entered the opener tied for the national lead with six wins.
- Travis Bazzana batted in the third spot of the lineup for the first time this season. Jacob Melton was in the four spot for the first time since March 13 at Washington State. Garret Forrester also batted in the five spot, his first since the finale at WSU.
- Tanner Smith, batting in the sixth spot for the first time this season, extended his hit streak to nine games with a double in the fourth inning.
- Reid Sebby got a groundout to Travis Bazzana at second in the 10th. That was the only groundout by Stanford on the night.
- Hjerpe and Sebby combined for 21 strikeouts, just two shy of tying the OSU single-game record of 23 set in 2019 against Washington State.
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