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Oregon State Takes Down West Virginia Behind the Long Ball

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The Beavers advanced to 10-0 on the season thanks to the long ball and quality pitching

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Oregon State kept the good times rolling as they took down West Virginia with a final score of 4-2 to clinch the series and advance to 10-0 on this young season.

Oregon State struck first in the second inning off a solo home run by Beau Phillip. West Virginia rallied and posted two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 1-2 lead over Oregon State. However, that lead quickly went away as Beau Phillip mashed a two-run home run for his second of the game to take back the lead for the Beavs at 3-2. Two innings later, Adley Rutschman tacked on another solo shot to make the score 4-2, which ultimately went on to be the final score.

Mr. Phillip had himself a tremendous day with two HR’s that ultimately helped propel Oregon State to the win. In a day that saw OSU compile just five hits, Phillip’s two big flies were instrumental in making sure the Beavs remained undefeated. And, even though it sounds like a broken record, it is always nice to see Adley Clutschman raking homers at the plate as well. This Beaver lineup went into the season with plenty of question marks, but they have done an excellent job at quelling any doubts to this point in the season.

Bryce Fehmel started the day for the Beavs, and had himself a quality start. Fehm went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits while fanning four batters in the process. Being able to keep an opposing team to just two runs is all the Beaver pitchers need to do in order to keep this lineup in the game, so results like this are encouraging. Nathan Burns came in for one inning and started the inning roughly, as he allowed two singles against the first two batters he saw. But he quickly retired the side with the help of Rutschman to pick off a stealing runner. Christian Chamberlain came on in relief in the eighth and pitched two perfect innings to shut the door on West Virginia. Thus, an overall good day for pitching helped seal the win for Oregon State.

Oregon State will be looking to complete the sweep of West Virginia tomorrow and advance to 11-0 on the season in the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch will be at 1:05 pm PT.