For the second game in a row the Beavers failed to get a run on the board against the Stanford Cardinal, losing 5-0 to give Stanford the series win. Oregon State falls to 33-22 overall, and 15-14 in Pac-12 play.
After an amazing game last week, Cooper Hjerpe didn’t get much of a chance to show off on Friday. In the first inning Stanford grabbed their first run of the game after two back to back singles and a throwing error. That wouldn’t count against Hjerpe, but the next couple would.
In the third inning, Hjerpe and the Beavers worked two quick ground outs, but then a single from the Cardinal’s Brock Jones got the Cardinal started. Back to back doubles from Kody Huff and Christian Robinson followedd, giving Stanford another two runs and putting them up 3-0.
Hjerpe finished the third but the Beavers went to the bench starting in the fourth. The relief pitching held solid until the eighth inning, when Chase Watkins took the mound. Watkins gave up a singel to Brock Jones, and then a triple to Kody Huff to give Stanford another run, after a foul out, Bryant Salgado took over. Salgado gave up a single to the first batter he faced, allowing another run, but after that finished the inning quickly.
That put the Stanford lead at 5-0, and five runs was more than enough to beat OSU today. The Beavers hitting was once again anemic, with only four hits over nine innings. One of those came from Troy Claunch, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. The other three hits came from Jake Dukart, Matthew Boyd and Joe Casey.
With one game left, the Beavers have one more chance to make their case to the NCAA Selection committee, and once chance left at finishing the season with a record above .500 in the Pac-12. First pitch is set for 12:30 PM PT.