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The Bryce is Right: Leads Beavs to Series Victory 4-1

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The freshman righty got the start and delivered with 7 1/3 innings of one run baseball.

The first action was the majority of the action of the game, when Oregon State jumped out to a 4-0 advantage. It started with a walk to Billy King. A Larnach groundout moved King over and he advanced to third on a scratch single by Gretler. Morrison was able to get a base hit to score King A pair of walks and a groundout by Kwan scored one more and left runners on 2nd and 3rd for KJ Harrison to bring them home. A rather fluky check swing single brought the runners home and the Beavers were already out to a four run lead. That also chased the Trojan starter Mitch Hart although that would not necessarily be a positive as OSU would fail to get a run off of any of the USC relievers.

Today's real story was freshman right hander Bryce Fehmel getting the Sunday start over the now demoted Jake Thompson. He was filling up the strike zone with his fastball and was able to keep USC from getting any real dangerous chances. He was able to go 7.1 innings while only allowing a run after he had departed for Max Engelbrekt. He had two walks and five strikeouts, which demonstrates the control he has.

He carried the Beavers all the way into the bottom of the 8th when the Trojans finally came for the head of Fehmel. They were able to get runners on the corners against the freshman and coach Casey called for the bullpen, Max Engelbrekt specifically. Engelbrekt came on and had to battle immediately with AJ Ramirez and it came down to a full count with the runners in scoring position. The Beaver reliever won the fight though, beating Ramirez and earning the second out. He would have escaped without allowing a run too, but an error on Michael Gretler allowed a run to score. In the following at bat Engelbrekt nearly got roasted too as Lars Nootbaar put a huge swing on a fastball, but it was caught at the warning track to end the threat.

The game ended without much further fanfare and OSU marched on to the series victory, possibly keeping the tournament hope going.