Oregon State’s batters struggled again Saturday afternoon, failing to lodge a run for the second game in a row against Oregon. The Ducks struggled as well, but managed to get a few runs past OSU starter Cooper Hjerpe in the top of the sixth, giving them a three run victory. The Beavers’ loss drops them to 10-3 on the season, and 0-2 against the Pac-12.
The first half of the game was a showdown between Hjerpe and Oregon starter Cullen Kafka. Hjerpe pitched for 5.2 innings, striking out 7 and allowing 6 hits. 4 of those hits came in the top of the sixth, setting up a double from Oregon’s short stop John Kasevich that scored 2 runs. That ended Hjerpe’s day, and reliever Nathan Burns allowed one more run before the inning ended, giving Oregon the only runs that would end up being scored that day. The loss is Hjerpe’s first of the year, giving him a 1-1 record.
Kafka had a very good day for Oregon, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 8 during his 5 innings pitched. He got the win for the Ducks. Reliever Andrew Mosiello was credited a save for pitching the final 4 innings, during which he allowed 2 hits.
Those 4 Beaver hits came from Jacob Melton, Jake Dukart, Andy Armstrong and Cole Hamilton. None were in the same inning, and the Beavers never really threatened the Ducks with a scoring threat.
The Beavers will try to get at least one win in the series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM PT, and the game will be streamed by Oregon State on Pac-12.com.