Beavs lose to Ducks and lose Kevin Abel for the season!


Tuesday hasn't been a good day for Beaver baseball. Portland beat em on March 26th....on April 2nd San Diego State had the upper hand and last night the Ducks in a non-conference Civil War battle beat OSU 12-8. The loss ended a ten-game winning streak for the Beavers over their rival. But then more bad news, Kevin Abel announces he is done for the season and will have Tommy John surgery. He told Kerry Eggers in the Portland Tribune:

We got three opinions," Abel said after Oregon's 12-8 non-league win over OSU at Goss Stadium. "They all agreed on what it was. I'll be having Tommy John (surgery) in order to prolong my career. We want to make sure we're making the right decision so I can play baseball as long as I can."

Abel is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts and 16 1/3 innings this season. He hasn't pitched since throwing six innings of one-hit, one-run ball, with three walks and 11 strikeouts, in a 9-2 victory over West Virginia on March 1. Abel said he hurt his back lifting luggage the following week as the Beavers boarded a bus to Seattle to participate in a tournament there. "Just a freak thing," he said.

After a week or so, he began throwing bullpen sessions.

"It didn't feel right," Abel said. "We first treated it for some forearm tightness, and things didn't seem right."

Abel said he then had an MRI test done, leading to him consulting with the specialists. He suggested Tuesday night that the tightness in the forearm led to the elbow injury.

"It's a pretty common thing that happens," he said. "When one thing goes, another thing has to pick up for it."

Kevin added that he wasn't overused in the College World Series and it had nothing to do with his situation.

The Beavers without Able now head to Tempe for a big three-game series beginning Friday.

Here is the official game story on the 12-8 loss to Oregon courtesy of OSU Athletics:

Adley Rutschman drove in four runs and hit his 12thhome run of the season, and Oregon State came back from a six-run deficit but the Beavers ultimately dropped a 12-8 decision to Oregon Tuesday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

The game marked the second game of the 2019 Civil War Series presented by Pacific Source Health Plans, Spirit Mountain Casino, Safeway-Albertsons, Your Local Toyota Dealers and First Interstate Bank. The teams will play three at Oregon's PK Park May 10-12.

Trailing 8-5, the Beavers scored three in the seventh to even the game at eight.Jake Harvey drove in a run on an infield single,Kyler McMahan made it 8-7 on a double to left and then scored the game-tying run on a single by Andy Armstrong. The Ducks, however, scored four in the eighth to take a four-run lead.

Oregon State (23-7-1 overall) reliever Christian Chamberlain took the loss after giving up three hits and four runs in two innings. He dropped to 2-3 this season.

Rutschman drove in a run in the first, then hit a three-run home run in the fifth to bring the Beavers to within three, 8-5. He and Beau Philip each had two hits to pace the Beavers.

Nico Tellache, who struck out two to close out the seventh, earned the win, to improve to 4-1 this season.

Sam Tweedt started for the Beavers and worked just 2/3 of an inning before Nathan Burns came in from the pen. Tweedt gave up five runs but only one was earned.

Oregon's (19-12) Tyler Frazier started and went three full, and left with an 8-2 lead. He didn't, however, figure in the decision after the Beavers scored six straight to tie the game in the seventh.


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