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Beavers top UNLV behind Stutes, Canham

CORVALLIS — Oregon State's Mike Stutes struck out a career-high 12 hitters and combined with Eddie Kunz on a three-hitter as the ninth-ranked Beavers beat Nevada-Las Vegas 3-1 in nonconference baseball Friday at Goss Stadium.

Mitch Canham had a two-run homer and a run-scoring single for OSU (29-8 overall).

The Beavers and Rebels (14-27) play again today and Sunday.

Canham hit his sixth homer of the year, a two-run drive to right-center field in the first inning, and added a run-scoring single through the left side in the fifth.

Stutes and Kunz made that stand up as OSU limited an opponent to three or fewer runs for the 21st time in 37 games this season.

"I was really impressed with Mike's outing, and with Eddie coming in and closing it," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "And we played another game without an error."

Stutes pitched eight innings and allowed the one run on two hits and three walks as he improved his record to 9-1 this season. The 12 strikeouts bettered his previous career best of 11, which Stutes had managed twice previously at OSU and once during his freshman season at Santa Clara.

"It feels nice to just come out and establish the fastball on both sides of the plate," Stutes said. "That's what coach Spence (OSU pitching coach Dan Spencer) has been talking to me about ever since I got here last year, to establish that and then you can work off that. It's starting to come together for me "¦ I just tried to come out and put together a good start, and it worked out — and the guys played great defense behind me."

Kunz pitched the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season and his third in OSU's last four games, allowing one hit and striking out two.