It was pretty cold at Goss Stadium but that didn't seem to bother the near capacity crowd of 3,535 to welcome home the Defending National Champion Oregon State Beavers. Kevin Abel was so tough to hit. The Mountaineers were befuddled all evening long. Abel with 11 strikeouts in six innings. Here is the official release from Oregon State Athletics!
Kevin Abel tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts and Kyler McMahan doubled twice and drove in three to pace Oregon State baseball to a 9-2 series-opening win over West Virginia Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Abel equaled his 11-strikeout performance last season versus Washington State. The sophomore allowed one hit and one run in six innings to earn his second win of the season and 10thof his career.
McMahan, meanwhile, finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He highlighted Oregon State's seven-run second with a two-run double, then drove in his third run of the game with a double in the sixth. McMahan has hit safely in three consecutive games and is 7-for-13 over that stretch, adding four doubles and six RBI.
Beau Philip also had two hits for the Beavers (9-0 overall), who finished with six as a team.
West Virginia's (5-4) Alek Manoah lasted just two innings in his third start of the season. The righty allowed four hits and seven runs – four earned – and dropped to 1-1 on the year.