#BeaversBaseball: Oregon State Wins First Of Two At LMU

LOS ANGELES – Ryan Ober tied a career-high with three hits and Oregon State jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning en route to an 8-2 win over Loyola Marymount Tuesday night at Page Stadium.

Ober singled in the first, fourth and sixth innings to pace the Beavers, who finished with 11 hits on the night. It marked his fourth three-hit game of the year and 14th multi-hit effort.

Kyle Froemke, fresh off a pinch hit home run Sunday, started at the designated hitter spot and posted his first career two-hit night. Also posting two hits apiece were Kyler McMahan and Wade Meckler. McMahan now has seven two-hit efforts this season while Meckler is at four.

Oregon State’s (27-12 overall) four-run first inning featured five Beaver hits. Joe Casey and Troy Claunch each drove in runs on a sacrifice flies while Garret Forrester walked with the bases loaded and Matthew Gretler drove in his first run on a single past the third baseman.

LMU (14-24) scored two in the fourth but the Beavers pushed their lead to 7-2 via a three-run sixth inning that saw a sacrifice fly by Forrester and bases-loaded walks by Claunch and Gretler

Brock Townsend made his first start for the Beavers and scattered four hits and two runs – one earned – in four innings. He struck out seven but did not figure in the decision.

The win went to Ian Lawson, who limited the Lions to two hits and a walk in two innings. The win marked the first of his career at the collegiate level.

LMU’s Alex Burge started and was saddled with the loss after giving up nine hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings. He is 1-3 on the year.

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The teams conclude the midweek series Wednesday night at 6 p.m. PT.

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Loyola Marymount is slated to provide a live stream of each of the two games; visit osubeavers.com for the live video direct link. Live stats, info on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn and more can also be found by visiting osubeavers.com.

– The matchup marked the first between the teams since 2008 when they met in San Diego. It was also the fourth all-time meeting between the teams dating back to 1972.
– It also marked the first non-neutral site game between the teams.
– The Beavers forced LMU starter Alex Burge to throw 31 pitches in the first. OSU sent 10 to the plate.
– Andy Armstrong extended his hit streak to eight games with a single in the second.
– Garret Forrester has now reached base safely in 15 consecutive games thanks to a first-inning walk.
– Oregon State improved to 17-7 in non-conference games.