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OSU Baseball controls their home opener and defeats Wright State 7 to 0

Oregon State baseball comes home for a successful and controlling 2014 opening win at Goss Stadium. The Beavs behind a solid outing by Andrew Moore play strong defense and get the runs when they counted to take the opening game of the series versus the Wright State Raiders.

Kavin Keyes leads the Oregon State offense to defeat Wright State
Kavin Keyes leads the Oregon State offense to defeat Wright State

It was a game that Oregon State controlled from the outset scoring two runs in the first inning behind a Michael Conforto RBI single and a Dylan Davis sacrifice fly RBI to take an early 2 to 0 lead.

Andrew Moore was extremely solid in his first Corvallis start striking out 6 batters and only allowed one free pass with a hit batter (and yes that translated to no walks) and gave up only 2 hits.

The Oregon State batters were able to grind away at Wright State's starter Travis Hissong and the Beavs scored two more runs in the third inning on a two-out two RBI Davis single.   Then in the sixth inning OSU is able to open things up with three runs off a Davis fielder's choice RBI and a Michael Howard two RBI single.   Hissong goes five innings giving up five earned runs and eight hits, and in a semi-silver lining for Wright State relief pitcher Luke Mamer is able to come in and finish the game without giving up any other runs and only gave up two hits and as such saving a bit of the Raiders bullpen for the remaining three games.

Moore continued his solid performance throughout the game, with at worse keeping the ball down for ground outs and goes seven and 2/3 innings with a two hit shut out to be replaced by freshman RHP Kevin Flemer.  Flemer closes the game by retiring all four batters he faced to preserve the two hit shutout for the Beavs.

Oregon State's defense was very solid not giving up any errors.   On the offense side of the plate the Beavs were very workman in their hitting.  The offense was led by Kavin Keyes who goes 3 for 4 and scored three runs, Michael Howard also hits 3 for 4 and contributes two RBIs, and Dylan Davis goes 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

All in all it was not a spectacular game but it was a very dominating performance as Oregon State controls the game from the opening inning and gives the home crowd a very impressive first viewing of a new group of Beavs players.  The final box score added up with seven runs on ten hits for Oregon State.   OSU baseball goes to 7 and 2 overall and Wright State drops to 2 and 6.

The two teams come at it all again for a double-header series tomorrow, Saturday, with the first game's first pitch scheduled for 12:35pm.   Most likely the Beavs will start LHP Jace Fry (1 and 0).