After not dropping a game since their opening day loss to Kansas State, the Beavers finally came up short. Starting pitcher Kevin Abel struggled, and Oregon State’s offense was shut down by an incredible performance from Oregon starter Robert Ahlstrom, en route to a 7-0 loss. The 16th ranked Beavers fall to 10-2.
The Beavers managed only 4 hits over the course of the game; a single from Jacob Melton in the first, a single from Andy Armstrong in the second, another single from Armstrong in the fifth and a single from Wade Meckler in the eighth. No Beavers were walked or hit by pitches, so those were also the Beavers only baserunners for the game.
Oregon had no such problems. A big top of the second, capped by a three run triple from Tanner Smith put Oregon up 4-0. A solo home run from Kenyon Yovan in the top of the fifth moved the game to 5-0 Oregon, and shortly after that Abel’s day was done.
This will not go down as one of Abel’s best starts. He pitched for 4.1 innings, allowing 6 hits and 5 earned runs. He did throw some beautiful strike outs, grabbing 9 last night, while also walking 3 batters and hitting one. The loss is his second of the season, dropping him to 1-2.
Will Frisch then came on in relief and allowed two more runs in the top of the sixth, with back to back singled from Smith and Yovan. That was the last scoring for the Ducks, but behind Ahlstrom’s legendary performance, 7 runs was more than enough.
The Beavers will try to bounce back in game 2 of the series this afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:35 PM PT. Cooper Hjerpe should be getting the start, and Oregon State will be streaming the game on Pac-12.com.