What A Way To Start

Oregon State began the college baseball season–and the defense of its national championship–in style Thursday night, as four pitchers combined to no-hit host Hawaii-Hilo in a 5-0 victory.

Junior righthander Mike Stutes started the game and threw five innings, striking out seven. Relievers Josh Keller (two innings), Mark Grbavac (one inning) and Jorge Reyes (one) finished up as the Beavers allowed just two walks and struck out 11. It was the third no-hitter in Beavers history and first in 40 years (April 11, 1967 to be precise). It was also a resounding way to start for the Beavers’ pitching staff, which lost twin aces Dallas Buck and Jonah Nickerson, plus relief ace Kevin Gunderson, to the draft last year.

“It just shows that we’™ve got a lot of potential in our pitching staff, maybe more than people give us credit for,” Beavers shortstop Darwin Barney said. “We’™re just going to keep working hard and getting better to help them out.”

Junior catcher Mitch Canham led the way for the Beavers with a 4-for-5 effort.