Beavers bats fall silent lose opener to USC 2-0

It wasn't the kind of night the Beavers wanted. USC pitching befuddled Oregon State's bats and the Trojans take the opener of the three-game series 2-0. UCLA wins the Pac-12 title with a 4-2 win over Oregon. Stanford loses to ASU 6-5. The Sun Devils get a walk-off win and so the Cardinal and Beavers both sit at 20-7 in the Pac-12 Standings with two regular season games to go.

USC and Oregon State tonight. Mike Parker will have the official call on Rip City Radio 620 beginning at 5:30. Here is the official game story on last night's 2-0 loss courtesy of OSU Athletics:

Andy Armstrong went 2-for-3 with a double but Oregon State dropped a 2-0 decision to USC Thursday night in the opener of a three-game series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Armstrong doubled in the fifth and singled in the seventh to extend his hit streak to six games, while Beau Philip’s third-inning double extended his to a season-long eight games.

Those three hits, however, comprised the team’s offense thanks to a sharp start from USC’s (24-28-1 overall, 12-14-1 Pac-12 Conference) John Beller. The lefty held the Beavers scoreless over seven innings, striking out nine while walking three. He picked up the win to improve to 2-2 this season.

Bryce Fehmel was sharp for the Beavers (35-17-1, 20-7), as well, but was victimized by two unearned runs – one apiece in the second and fifth innings – to take the loss, dropping his mark to 7-3 this season. Fehmel allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings, issuing two walks while striking out two.

Christian Chamberlain was electric in 2 2/3 innings of relief for the Beavers. He allowed just one hit while striking out five.

Next Game

The teams continue the three-game series Friday night at 6:05 p.m. PT. The game will air live on the Pac-12 Network.

Vote For Bryce, Vote For Adley

Oregon State’s Bryce Fehmel (Senior Class Award) and Adley Rutschman (Golden Spikes Award) are both up for a pair of awards and you can help them by voting. Fehmel can be voted for by visiting SeniorClassAward.com and Rutschman is at GoldenSpikesAward.com. Fehmel is one of 10 finalists for the Senior Class Award while Rutschman is one of 10 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

The Walks

A look at where Adley Rutschman stands in the Pac-12 record books in terms of walks for a single-season:

4. Pepe Hinojosa, Stanford (1978) - 76

5. Doug Newstrom, Arizona State (1993) – 71

5. Adley Rutschman, Oregon State (2019) – 71

Philip To Eight

Beau Philip doubled with one down in the third inning to extend his hit streak to a season-long eight games. He has 13 hits during the streak, with four doubles and a home run.

Armstrong To Six

Andy Armstrong’s two hits extended his season-long hit to six games, and has seven hits with two doubles over that stretch.

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