Baseball: Beavs drop first game of season

OREGON STATE was up early but couldn't plug the dam once New Mexico got on a roll in the middle innings. K.J. 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 at Surprise Stadium.

Harrison’s home run found the bullpen in left field to give the Beavers a 2-0 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 overall) to a 2-0 lead after three innings.

But 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.

Harrison's first-inning single started the game’s scoring.

Hendrix hit his first dinger 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 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 in the 2015 season on Monday in a 12 p.m. PT (1 p.m. in Arizona) start against New Mexico at Surprise Stadium. Live stats and audio can be found by visiting osubeavers.com.

The Beavers’ home opener is Feb. 27 and the team is slated for 30 games at Goss Stadium this season.

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