We’ve already seen some fine pitcher’s duels this weekend (there were two very good ones in Wichita), but the battle in Corvallis, Ore., this afternoon has to take the cake. Michigan’s Zach Putnam carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning, but the Wolverines couldn’t muster a lot more than that against Oregon State freshman Jorge Reyes. Reyes allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings, and there was no score entering the top of the ninth, when Putnam walked leadoff man Scott Santschi. After a bunt and a strikeout, freshman second baseman Joey Wong came up with the only hit of the day for the Beavers, a game-winning RBI single through the left side. Talk about a tough loss for Putnam, who struck out eight and walked three over 8 2/3.
Oregon State did use lefthander Joe Paterson in relief, and he picked up the win by facing five batters. That means the Beavers will surely hand the ball to righthander Mike Stutes tomorrow against Michigan lefty Mike Wilson. We know the Beavers are captains of the comeback, but this is the first time Michigan will have its mettle truly tested, as the Wolverines won their first two games in the Nashville regional. Saturday’s rainout means the third game of this series would be played Tuesday if the Wolverines can take Game Two.