May Strikes Out 14, Beavers Open Rivalry Series With 2-0 Win

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Aiden May struck out a career-high 14 and held No. 22 Oregon to an infield single in eight innings to send the ninth-ranked Beavers to a 2-0 win over the Ducks in front of a season-high 3,943 fans at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field Friday night.

May struck out at least one batter in every inning, and three in the eighth, his final inning of work. His lone blemish on the line score was a fifth-inning infield single by Drew Smith.

The righty, who earned his third win of the season, was backed by a pair of solo home runs by Brady Kasper and Travis Bazzana. Kasper began the Beavers’ (32-9 overall, 11-7 Pac-12 Conference) scoring with a home run to right in the third, then watched as Bazzana launched his 20th of the season over the fence in left in the third inning.

Both home runs came off Oregon (28-13, 11-8) starter RJ Gordon, who struck out nine but was charged with the loss after giving up four hits. He dropped to 5-4 on the year.

Gavin Turley doubled twice for the Beavers, who recorded four extra-base hits on the night. Dallas Macias also singled in the third inning.

Bridger Holmes threw a scoreless ninth for his ninth save of the season.

Next Up

Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 6:02 p.m. PT. The game will air on ESPN2.

Oregon State Game Notes

• Oregon State has now hit at least one home run 23 consecutive games. The Beavers have hit a home run in 36 of 41 games this season.

• Travis Bazzana’s 20th home run of the season put him one shy of Jim Wilson (1982) for the Oregon State single-season record. Bazzana also extended his career record to 37.

• Bazzana has 402 career total bases and 138 for this season. He’s one shy of Adley Rutschman (2019) and Justin Boyd (2022) for eighth-most in a single season.

• Bridger Holmes is now 9-for-10 in save opportunities this season.

• The shutout marked the fifth of the season and 17th under Mitch Canham.

• The Beavers are 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Ducks.

• OSU is 20-1 at home this season.

• The two home runs give Oregon State 80 as a team this season.

• Brady Kasper hit his second home run of the season and first since Feb. 17 against Minnesota in Surprise, Ariz.

• Oregon State’s starters are a combined 14-1 this season.

• Aiden May posted his second quality start of the season.

• The eight innings and 14 strikeouts both marked career highs for May. His previous best for innings worked was six. His previous strikeout mark was nine last season against the Beavers as a member of Arizona.

• OSU’s starting pitchers are 10-0 at Goss.

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