CORVALLIS, Ore. – Andy Atwood hit his first career home run and Jordan Britton scattered three hits and two runs over six innings to pace top-ranked Oregon State to a 4-2 win over Abilene Christian Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
With the win, Oregon State swept the four-game series from the Wildcats and closed out the regular season at 49-4. The Beavers enter the NCAA’s postseason on a 16-game win streak, the longest active in the nation.
Atwood hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence in the second for his first career home run, putting the Beavers up 2-0. OSU had scored in the first, and Atwood ended the day with two RBI after a bases-loaded walk in a two-run third inning.
That was all the support needed by Britton, whose six innings and seven strikeouts were both career highs. He walked two and improved to 2-0 this season.
Bryce Fehmel and Jake Mulholland combined for three scoreless innings of relief, with the latter picking up his team-leading sixth save of the year.
Abilene Christian’s (13-43) Nick Skeffington took the loss after allowing five hits and four runs in 2 2/3 innings. He is 1-6 on the season.
Oregon State saw 3,547 fans at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field Sunday. Oregon State has now had 17 crowds of 3,000 or more this season. The Beavers have totaled 83,181 fans through 26 home dates this season – 27 games, with one counting as a single-ticket doubleheader. That is an average of 3,199 per home date.
The 83,181 through the gates at Goss Stadium this season is an Oregon State single-season record. That surpasses the previous mark of 82,985 set during the 2013 season. Oregon State averaged 2,676 fans per game that year.
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Fans are invited to join the team at the Club level of Reser Stadium Monday morning for the 2017 NCAA Postseason show. The show will start at 9 a.m. PT on ESPN2. The Beavers know they are in the postseason and will find out the full NCAA details that morning. The 16 host sites will be announced the previous night – follow the team on Twitter and at OSUBeavers.com for more information.