Kevin Abel is back, like really back.
Nearly 22 months after Abel underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his right arm, the Oregon State redshirt sophomore reminded the nation that he’s still got it.
Abel was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after the righthander struck out 11 in five shutout innings in Oregon State’s 4-0 opening series victory at Grand Canyon on Thursday in Phoenix. The 11 strikeouts tied a career-high.
This is the first time Abel, who led Oregon State to its third College World Series at just 18 years old, has taken home Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors, but it’s not the first time he’s been honored.
The Oregon State pitcher has been honored a total of 95 times, the most in conference history.
Abel is the second Beaver to receive Pac-12 honors this season. Ryan Ober also was named Pac-12 Player of the Week following the Beavers first three games in Surprise, Arizona.
Abel & the Beavers will return to Corvallis for an 11-game homestand beginning with a three-game series vs. BYU that starts Thursday at 5:35 p.m. PT.