After not getting a lot of hitting in their opening day loss against Kansas State, the Beaver bats woke up today, with a bevy of power hitting driving a 14-1 over the New Mexico Lobos. Cooper Hjerpe got the win in his first start as a Beaver, and Oregon State moves up to 1-1.
Scoring started in the bottom of the third. Ryan Ober walked, and was followed by a Jake Dukart single, to get runners in scoring position. A Troy Claunch single scored Ober, and then a Joe Casey single scored Dukart. That was followed by a Kyler McMahan single to move up the runners, then an Andy Armstrong single to score two more. Finally, Kyler McMahan reached home on a Jacob Melton double play to give OSU a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Troy Claunch led things off with a single, and then a Joe Casey home run scored two more for the Beavers. The bases were then loaded by an Andy Armstrong single and walks from Cole Hamilton and Matthew Gretler. That brought Ryan Ober to the plate, who scored four more runs with a massive grand slam.
The Beavers added three more in the bottom of the seventh, when a Cesar Valero homer also scored Jake Dukart and Preston Jones. The Lobos managed to get one run on the board in the top of the eighth, off a Jared Martin solo home run, but this one was never in doubt once the Oregon State bats woke up.
Cooper Hjerpe put in a great effort in his first start, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing no runs, 3 hits and a walk against 9 strikeouts. The Beaver starting rotation is starting to look very strong.
Andy Armstrong had 3 hits today, and Joe Casey, Troy Claunch and Jake Dukart each had two. Ryan Ober and Cesar Valero only had one hit each, but those hits were both huge home runs. It was a quality day from just about the entire batting order.
Oregon State’s opening weekend will continue tomorrow when they take on Gonzaga. That game will once again start at 11 AM PT. They’ll close out their Sunrise trip with a Monday rematch with New Mexico. That one will start at 2 PM PT.