SURPRISE, Ariz. — Freshman Greg Fuchs' pinch-hit two-run single in the ninth capped a comeback victory for Oregon State in the Beavers' 6-5 baseball win over New Mexico on Friday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
Fuchs took an 0-1 pitch from New Mexico reliever Malachi Emond and singled through the right side of the infield, enabling Beau Philip and Adley Rutschman to score.
Rutschman had singled to right to drive in Jake Dukart, who opened the ninth with a double to right. Philip followed Rutschman with an infield single and the two moved into scoring position when Tyler Malone walked on a 3-2 count.
The comeback victory sent the Beavers to their 10th consecutive opening-day win.
The Beavers found themselves down 4-0 after a solo run by the Lobos in the second and three more runs in the sixth. OSU pulled to within one in the seventh with Alex McGarry proving the inning's highlight with a two-run single to right.
Brandon Eisert picked up the win after throwing six pitches in two-thirds of an inning. Emond took the loss after allowing five hits and four runs in two innings.
Both starters worked five innings. Kevin Abel started for the Beavers and allowed five hits and four runs. New Mexico's Justin Slaten scattered one hit with five walks and five strikeouts.
The Beavers are back in action Saturday when taking on Gonzaga at Surprise Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
Rutschman extended his hit streak to 13 games with the ninth-inning single. Rutschman has 26 hits and 21 RBIs during the streak.
Oregon State used five newcomers in Friday's win. Two of them, McGarry and Fuchs, combined for four of the team's five RBIs and two of its six hits. Philip scored two runs and Dukart scored once.