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Oregon State Beats BYU 1-0 In Home Opener

Kevin Abel throws eight strikeouts as Beavers win a squeaker.

2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Baseball Championship - Game 3 Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The pitching units of Oregon State and BYU went toe to toe over seven and a half scoreless innings, until the Beavers finally broke through in the bottom of the eighth to get a 1-0 win over the Cougars. OSU has now won 8 games in a row to post an 8-1 record so far this season.

Kevin Abel got the start and was once again phenomenal on the pitcher’s mound. He pitched for 6.0 innings, striking out 8 batters. He allowed only one hit, with no runs and 4 walks. Reid Sebby came in as relief in the seventh, and pitched for 2.0 innings. He was credited with the win, giving him a 2-0 record this season, and struck out 2 batters while allowing no hits or walks. Jake Mulholland came in in the ninth to get the save, his third of the year, allowing no hits and one walk.

The sole run for the Beavers was an odd one. Ryan Ober reached on a throwing error by BYU shortstop Peyton Cole. After two outs, it looked like the Beavers would leave another runner stranded, but Jake Dukart was then hit by a pitch, and Kyler McMahan was walked, and all of a sudden the bases were loaded. A Wade Meckler single scored Ober, an unearned run, for the only scoring of the game.

Game 2 between BYU and Oregon State is set for tomorrow at 5:35 PM. Cooper Hjerpe should be getting the start for OSU. Oregon State will be live streaming the game, so be sure to check it out.