Oregon State kicked off their season Friday morning, suffering a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the New Mexico Lobos in Surprise, Arizona. For a team that was in a few preseason top 25 rankings, this is not how a season should start.
After a scoreless first inning, Gavin Turley got the Beavers on the board in the bottom of the second. Turley’s first hit as a Beaver went deep over the left field wall for a solo home run, giving Oregon State an early 1-0 lead.
Gavin Turley's first career hit is a BOMB! @FloSports#GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/Rfd8KcrNrV— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) February 17, 2023
They wouldn’t hold that lead for long. In the top of the fourth Oregon State starter Trent Sellers allowed two singles to open the inning, ending his day at 3.0 innings pitched. Ian Lawson came to the mound and got the next two batters out, but New Mexico’s Dylan Ditzenberger and Jeffrey David then each hit a single, putting three runs on the board for the Lobos.
New Mexico added one more run in the top of the sixth, thanks to a Braydon Runion single, putting them up 4-1. In the meantime Oregon State struggled to put runners on base, managing just one walk and one HBP over the same stretch. A Dylan Ditzenberger double added two more runs for the Lobos in the top of the seventh.
Oregon State finally got something going in the bottom of the eighth. Micah McDowell led the inning off with a double, and after a pair of outs a second double, from Brady Kasper, got another run on the board for the Beavers. That’s all they would get in the eighth, and in the bottom of the ninth OSU went 3 up, 3 down for a 7-2 final.
The Beavers will be back in action tomorrow for a matchup against Minnesota. First pitch is set for 11 AM.