OH MY: OSU's Rasmussen with a perfect game!

MY OH MY. Oregon State's Drew Rasmussen became the first Oregon State pitcher in program history to toss a perfect game. It took only 103 pitches for Rasmussen to complete the 3-0 gem over Washington State. According to the Pac-12 media guide, it’s just the fourth perfect game in league history, and the first since 1973.

Rasmussen recorded 10 strikeouts to power the No. 25 Beavers (17-5 overall, 3-2 Pac-12) as his teammates played perfect defense behind him. Oregon State will go for a sweep Sunday over the Cougars.

“Unreal,” Rasmussen said. “It’s been an unreal day. It’s been awesome. It’s been so much fun. Not much more I can say. Pretty surreal right now. It was a fun game and I had a lot of help behind me and let’s go get a series sweep tomorrow.”

Rasmussen recorded 11 outs on ground balls and six flyouts. Of his 10 strikeouts, six came against the top four batters in the Cougars’ (12-10, 1-4) lineup, including two each by No. 2 Wes Hatten and No. 3 Ian Sagdal.

Leading up to Saturday’s game, there had been five no-hitters in school history, with three coming under head coach Pat Casey. The last, thrown by Jace Fry against Northern Illinois last season, saw the left-hander walk two. In 2011, Josh Osich threw a no-hitter at UCLA, and came close to a perfect game, but issued one walk on a 3-2 count.

The perfect game pushed Rasmussen to 3-0 this season, and his earned run average dropped to 1.36. He’s walked five vs. 40 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

The Beavers didn’t manage much offense against Washington State starter Joe Pistorese, but made it count. K.J. Harrison singled home a run in the first for a 1-0 lead, then OSU manufactured two runs in the seventh. Michael Gretler singled through the left side for the second run of the game and the next batter, Trever Morrison, squeezed in the third run.

Pistorese allowed only five hits and three runs – one earned – while striking out six and walking two.

Jeff Hendrix reached on an infield single to extend his hit streak to a season-long 12 games.

The teams meet for the series finale Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT. The game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks. Fans can also follow the game via the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn.

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