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Beavers win in 10th on Nobach single

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kyle Nobach singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning to send Oregon State to a 4-3 win over Michigan State Saturday at Surprise Stadium.

Nobach came to the plate with the bases loaded against Michigan State closer Jeff Kinley and sharply singled up the middle on a 1-2 pitch to bring Logan Ice in from third. Ice and KJ Harrison had opened the inning on walks, moved to second and third, respectively, on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Mildenberg, and watched as Caleb Hamilton was walked intentionally to load the bases.

The win is the Beavers’ second walkoff win in as many days as OSU defeated Northwestern Friday on a “balk off.”

Travis Eckert started his first career game for the Beavers (2-0 overall) and worked six full innings, scattering five hits and a run with two walks and two strikeouts. He did not figure in the decision. The win went to reliever Sam Tweedt, the Beavers’ fifth pitcher of the game, who struck out one en route to the final two outs of the top of the 10th.

Oregon State jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings. Hamilton opened the game’s scoring with a single to right in the first. KJ Harrison made it 2-0 when his solo home run found the grass berm above the left-center fence in the third inning. It was his first career home run and the Beavers’ first of the season.

Michigan State scored in the sixth to pull within one, but Nobach’s first hit of the day, a double in the bottom half of the sixth, pushed the Beavers to the 3-1 lead. A single and sacrifice fly in the eighth for Michigan State tied the game at three, setting up Nobach’s extra-inning heroics.

Nobach, Harrison and Billy King all had two hits to pace the Beavers, who finished with 10 off four Spartan pitchers. Michigan State, meanwhile, tallied seven, and was led by Cam Gibson’s two.

OSU faces New Mexico today.

DUCKS TRIUMPH: At Honolulu, Nick Catalano hit a two-run home run to give No. 20 Oregon a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Hawaii in Game 2 of the season-opening four-game series at Les Murakami Stadium. Oregon won the opener 12-0 late Friday.

Catalano ripped a two-run shot in the eighth inning over the left-field wall on a 1-2 count off Andrew Jones to help the Ducks finally capitalize with a runner on base. UO (2-0) had stranded 11 runners, including eight in scoring position, over the first seven innings. Oregon ultimately left 13 runners on base (nine in scoring position) after stranding two more after Catalano’s homer.

The junior outfielder’s first career home run salvaged another stellar pitching performance by the Oregon staff. Three Ducks’ pitchers combined to allow just two hits while striking out 11. In the first two games of the series, five Oregon pitchers have combined to allow just six base hits with 18 strikeouts.

True freshman left-handed pitcher David Peterson had a strong start. The 6-foot-6 lefty allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings while striking out eight and walking two.

Track and Field

D'ARPINO SHINES: At Seattle, former North Valley standout Venessa D'Arpino was in on three school records for Oregon State in the Husky Classic.

The freshman ran the 200 meters in 24.96 seconds, breaking the mark of 25.03 she set two weeks ago. She also ran the 400 in 55.61, breaking Kathy Weston’s mark of 56.90 in 1979.

Venessa and her twin sister, Kerissa, were part of the 4x400 relay, along with Allie Church and Ahsha Mootz, that set the record of 3:51.27, only because it was the first time the Beavers ran the event.

Venessa was second in the 60 in 7.72 seconds, and Kerissa was second in the the 200 (25.15) and third in the 400 (57.38).