It was night and day the last two games as the Beavs Matt Boyd's one hit masterpiece in game one of the series is upstaged in game two by Ryan Kellogg's brilliant no-hitter performance. OSU's bats were not completely cold as Kellogg was able to only strikeout three total batters, but the pitches were placed expertly as Kellogg kept jamming batters or having batters confused and under too many pitches for easy fly outs. Indeed the box score could have even been worse for the Beavs if it wasn't for two errors on the ASU defense (who otherwise played a very good game). Kellogg is now a perfect 5-0 for the season.
On the Oregon State side freshman Andrew Moore for the most part pitched a solid overall game allowing only four hits and two earned runs, one of which was a solo HR shot in the fifth, but Moore had to come out in the sixth, and suffered his first loss of the season, dropping to 5-1. OSU relief pitching also did a decent enough job overall, even though the relief gave up two more runs (both coming with two outs) they also gave us some highlights such as Tyler Painton's bases loaded two out strikeout with a full count.
Oregon State batters though could not find the gaps or keep the balls down. Ryan Barnes was the first batter on base in the 7th inning on a tough play for shortstop Drew Stankiewicz who bobbled the ball and could not get the out. The only other runner was Jake Rodriguez who reached on a dropped pop-fly in the 8th inning. The Beavs batting was not sharp, but they also did seem to have their chances with some good contact into the outfield and bunt attempts. Again though the afternoon belonged to the ASU man on the hill and alas it was a perfect storm of some masterful pitching and cold hitting; and in the end the advantage went not to the cold weather Pacific Northwest team today but to the Canadian with the hot arm.
The Beavs defense was solid with no errors, but ASU's offense was able to generate four runs on ten hits which was more than enough for their all-star pitcher this Saturday afternoon.
Hats off to Ryan Kellogg.
And here's to a bounce back for the Oregon State offense tomorrow as the Beavs go into the rubber game now with a 20 and 2 overall record (4 and 1 in the Pac). First pitch is scheduled for 12:05pm and it will be interesting to see what these two teams do for an encore to these first two games.