Magical season for Beavs' continues

A MAGICAL SEASON at Oregon State just keeps on getting better and better. The Beavs' Josh Osich tossed a no-hitter against the No. 24 Bruins on Saturday, and No. 3 OSU put yet another series win under its belt.

Osich's hurled the fourth no-hitter in Oregon State baseball history as the Beavers defeated the Bruins, 2-0 on Saturday. Oregon State (32-9, 12-3) dropped the Sunday finale but Friday's victory combined with Osich's Saturday gem had ensured the series win.

The complete-game no-hitter was the Beavers' first since 1947, when Fred Gallagher no-hit Montana. It is the first by a Pac-10 pitcher against a fellow conference opponent since Stanford's Jason Middlebrook no-hit UCLA in 1994.

Osich ended the game with 13 strikeouts, a career-best, and threw 121 pitches. His only blemish came in the fourth when he issued a 3-2, two-out walk to Dean Espy, the third batter in UCLA's lineup. The complete-game effort was the first of his career and he improved to 6-1 this season.

"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."

"I'm very proud of Josh," Oregon State head 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."

Osich's no-hitter is the Beavers' first since Mike Stutes, Josh Keller, Mark Grbavac and Jorge Reyes combined to no-hit Hawaii-Hilo in 2007. Cleve Benson, Eric Selberg and Jack Humphrey combined to no-hit Portland in 1967.

Oregon State is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Baseball America, No. 7 by USA Today and No. 4 by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll, the three major Division I college baseball polls.

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