Harrison, Hendrix homer in OSU loss
SURPRISE, Ariz. — KJ Harrison hit his second home run of the season and Jeff Hendrix hit his first but Oregon State fell in a 7-4 loss to New Mexico Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
Harrison’s home run found the bullpen in left field to give the Beavers a then two-run advantage. He became the first Beaver to hit home runs in back-to-back games since Dylan Davis against UCLA and Portland in May of last season. Harrison hit his first round-tripper in Saturday’s 4-3 victory over Michigan State.
The home run pushed Oregon State (2-1) to a 2-0 lead after three innings. His first-inning single started the game’s scoring.
Hendrix hit his first of the year in the ninth. The two-run blast went to straightaway center with one down. It pulled the Beavers to within three.
New Mexico (2-1) scored the next seven runs after Harrison’s home run. Luke Heimlich made his first career start and allowed four hits and a run over 4 1/3 innings.
The loss went to Kevin Flemer, who dropped to 0-1 on the year after allowing a sixth-inning home run.
New Mexico reliever Luis Gonzalez picked up the after going 4 1/3 innings. He did not allow a hit, walked two and struck out four.
The Beavers conclude their first week of play today in a noon start against New Mexico at Surprise Stadium.
HAWAII 10, OREGON 1: At Honolulu, Hawaii scored eight runs in the first two innings en route to a win over No. 20 Oregon in Game 3 of a four-game series at Les Murakami Stadium.
The Rainbow Warriors (1-2) scored five runs in the first inning and added three more in the second inning. UH chased Oregon starter Trent Paddon (0-1) before he could get an out in the second inning. The Ducks’ starter allowed seven runs on five hits while facing 11 batters. Hawaii batted around in both the first and second innings.
Junior Mitchell Tolman continued his early season success at getting on base in the middle of the Ducks’ order. UO’s number-three hitter went 2-for-4 with the team’s only RBI. Tolman is 5-for-10 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch in 13 plate appearances in the Ducks’ first three games. He has a .615 on-base percentage.
Junior Josh Graham made his career debut on the mound when he came out of the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning. The Roseburg native retired the Rainbow Warriors in order, striking out two.
The Ducks and Rainbow Warriors meet in the series finale today.