OSU's Osich says no-no to UCLA
- Portland Tribune - Sports
LOS ANGELES - The third-ranked Oregon State Beavers clinched a series victory over No. 24 UCLA on Saturday - and made OSU baseball history in the process.
Left-hander Josh Osich tossed the fourth no-hitter in Beaver lore to beat Bruins star Trevor Bauer 2-0 in a pitcher's duel before a crowd of 1,221 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
It was the first complete-game no-no by an Oregon State hurler since 1947, when Fred Gallagher did it against Montana.
It also was the first no-hitter by a Pac-10 pitcher in conference play since 1994, when Stanford's Jason Middlebrook allowed no hits against UCLA.
With the win, OSU improved to 32-8 overall (12-2 in the Pac-10) and took a 2-0 lead in the three-game, weekend series, which concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.
UCLA slipped to 22-16, 10-7.
Osich (6-1) struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed just one walk, on a 3-2 pitch to Dean Espy with two out in the fourth inning.
'Everything went the right way,' Osich said. 'It was an unbelievable game to be a part of. Parker (Berberet) did a great job behind the plate, and the defense behind me was outstanding. They picked me up when they needed to, and overall it was just a great game.'
Osich, a 6-3, 225-pound junior from Boise, Idaho, threw 121 pitches.
'I'm very proud of Josh,' Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. 'He was spot on, and his defense played incredibly well. This was an all-around great game, and it was something special to be a part of.'
The Beavers had four hits against Bauer, who also went the distance. Bauer (8-2) struck out 15 and walked two.
OSU scored its runs in the sixth inning. Ryan Barnes walked with one out and went to third on Jared Norris' two-out single to right field. Then Kevin Keyes, after fouling off a couple of 0-2 pitches, hit a shot to right-center that scored both runners.
The Beavers' most recent no-hitter came against Hwaii-Hilo in 2007, when Mike Stutes, Josh Keller, Mark Grbavac and Jorge Reyes joined forces.
In 1967, Cleve Benson, Eric Selberg and Jack Humphrey combined for OSU on a no-hitter of Portland.