Beavers Take Series Opener vs Grand Canyon 4-0

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PHOENIX – Kevin Abel connected a career-high with 11 strikeouts to send out the Oregon State baseball group to a 4-0 series-opening win over Grand Canyon Thursday night at Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark.

Joe Casey struck a second-inning crowning achievement and Kyler McMahan paced a three-run 8th inning with a two-run single as the offense amounted to 9 hits in assistance of Abel and 4 reducers.

Abel worked 5 innings, spreading 3 hits and a walk with 3 struck batters. He started out 3 in an inning two times – the 3rd and 5th innings.

Abel ended his getaway with 5 strikeouts in his last 2 innings, consisting of 3 to leave a jam in the 5th. He struck the very first 2 batters of the inning and an infield single filled the bases. Abel continued to get his ninth, 10th and 11th strikeouts of the night to protect a one-run lead.

He got the win to enhance to 1-0 this season.

Abel was backed by Jack Washburn, Nathan Burns, Chase Watkins and Bryant Salgado, who all worked one inning each. They integrated with Abel to start out 18.

Casey got the Beavers (4-1 general) on the board early, striking a solo crowning achievement over the left center fence off GCU starter Zach Barnes. His 3rd crowning achievement of the season showed to be Oregon State’s only run of the video game till the 8th.

OSU filled the bases in the 8th, and McMahan extended his hit streak to 12 video games with a two-run single to center. He then viewed as Jacob Melton, who taped his very first profession two-hit video game, struck a single back up the middle for his 2nd profession Oregon State RBI.

Barnes, who tossed a quality start for Grand Canyon (3-2), was charged with the loss to drop to 1-1 this season. He permitted 4 hits and a run in 6 innings.

Melton and Casey each had 2 hits to lead Oregon State.

Successive

Oregon State and Grand Canyon continue their four-game series Friday at Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark. Very first pitch Friday is slated for 5 p.m. PT (6 p.m. in Arizona).

Follow The Video Game

Follow Friday’s video game through TuneIn radio on the Beaver Sports Network also on a live stream produced by Grand Canyon. Both links can be discovered by going to the schedule page on osubeavers.com.

On The Hill

Oregon State is slated to begin left-handed pitcher Cooper Hjerpe (1-0, 0.00 AGE) to the mound Friday. Grand Canyon will counter with right-handed pitcher Pierson Ohl (1-0, 4.76 AGE).

Through 2

Abel has actually been sharp in his very first 2 trips this season. The righty has 18 strikeouts in simply 9 2/3 innings, while enabling 4 hits and 2 runs – one unearned – with 3 strolls. Thursday’s getaway decreased his season AGE to 0.93.

Abel’s 11

Abel formerly started out 11 versus Washington State in 2018 and West Virginia in 2019.

Beginning Personnel

Kevin Abel’s outing Thursday offered the Oregon State beginning pitchers 34 strikeouts on the season in simply 24 1/3 innings. The beginners have actually integrated to stroll 4 and have a 2.63 AGE.

Very First Satisfying Given That 1994

Thursday’s series opener marked the very first video game in between the groups because 1994 in Honolulu. It was likewise simply the 6th all-time conference in between the clubs and the 3rd in Phoenix. Grand Canyon has actually never ever played in Corvallis.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.