Throughout the year, Oregon State athletes have had some impressive and unbelievable performances. Though this list could go on and on, the Barometer sports staff came up with 10 that stood out to us. In no particular order, here are the best individual performances of the year.
Fry's no-hitter: March 8, 2014
In the first game of a nonconference double-header, junior left-hander Jace Fry did something that had only been done four other times in Oregon State history. The southpaw threw a complete-game shutout without allowing a hit. The lefty struck out 10 Huskies' batters in his first career no-hitter, and was just two walks away from throwing a perfect game. Fry needed only 99 pitches to complete the feat, throwing 66 strikes while completing the game in a Goss Stadium record: one hour and 46 minutes. It was the first no-hitter an Oregon State pitcher threw since Josh Osich did it against UCLA on April 30, 2011. Fry's performance was one Beaver Nation won't forget for a long time. Pena goes out on top: Jan. 25, 2014 Facing a heavily favored No. 6 Oklahoma squad on Senior Day, RJ Pena stepped onto the mat for the last time as an Oregon State Beaver. Against No. 19 Justin DeAngelis and trailing the Sooners, 10-9, Pena did what he does best. The senior from Salem got an early takedown and leveraged his opponent in an attempt at a much-needed pin. One minute and 53 seconds into the match, Pena pinned DeAngelis, bringing the Gill Coliseum crowd to its feet and giving the Beavers a 15-9 advantage. Pena received a well-deserved standing ovation and head coach Jim Zalesky ushered him onto the mat for a curtain call. Oklahoma ended up claiming a come-from-behind victory, but not before Pena added a finishing touch to his illustrious career. Hamblin's crazy triple-double: January 13, 2014 One of the big reasons why the OSU's women's basketball team had such a successful season was the improved play of sophomore center Ruth Hamblin. At 6-foot-6, Hamblin is nearly unstoppable in the paint, given the right matchup. She ended the season averaging 9.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game and she set a Pac-12 record with 141 blocks (4.08 per game). No game better demonstrated her impact than the Beavers' Civil War game at home against the Ducks. The Beavers won their seventh-straight game against its rival, and Hamblin was huge. She finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and an insane 10 blocks, giving Oregon State its first triple-double in 30 years. It was the first triple-double to include blocks. In two games against the Ducks, Hamblin averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and 7.5 blocks. Mannion's record day: September 28, 2013 There was a time when junior quarterback Sean Mannion was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Through seven games, Mannion threw for 2,992 passing yards and 29 touchdowns, both of which led all Division-I quarterbacks. At the same time, he threw only three interceptions. It's hard to choose just one game to put on this list, but his game against Colorado was historic. In that game, Mannion completed 27 passes for 414 yards and set an Oregon State school record with six touchdown passes. His performance led to the following quote from Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre: "He threw into double-coverage three times against us, and three times (receiver Brandin) Cooks came up with it. We should have had three picks, but Sean Mannion can throw the football." Mannion set a second school record that day. After throwing for 414 passing yards, it was the fifth-straight game he'd thrown for more than 350 yards, surpassing Derek Anderson's record of four consecutive 350-yard passing games. Ausman makes her mark: May 2, 2014 Heading into the OSU High Performance meet, freshman Melissa Ausman hoped to break the previous OSU discus record of 155-3. She was close going in, roughly five feet away, and not only beat the mark, but crushed it. She tossed the discus 168 feet, a personal record that bested her previous mark by nearly 20 feet. The mark earned her a spot at the NCAA Regional Prelims, and was the eighth-best freshman throw in the country. Before the throw, her PR was 151-10, a respectable mark, but nothing compared to her record-setting throw. Harrison breaks records at Pac-12s: Feb. 27, 2014 Sophomore Sammy Harrison of the OSU swim team was coming off of a stellar fifth-place performance at her freshman Pac-12 meet. In her second year, she wanted more. Harrison delivered, winning the Pac-12 title in the 1,650-meter freestyle, and became the first OSU swimmer to do so. In the process, she broke her own OSU record by more than 20 seconds, and achieved an NCAA "A" Standard mark. Her mark guaranteed her a spot at the NCAA Championships. In the same weekend she also finished fourth in the 500-meter freestyle, again breaking her own OSU record. Harrison went on to finish 10th in the nation in the 1,650 freestyle. Chirichigno goes 5-for-5: May 4, 2014 It was a game of fives for junior shortstop CJ Chirichigno: 5-for-5 at the plate, five runs batted in and her fifth home run of the season May 4 against UNLV. She also singled in the fifth inning and her home run in the next frame scored the fifth run of the game. Chirichigno's effort gave the Beavers a comeback 10-7 win over UNLV. She didn't take long to find pitches she liked -- three of her hits came on the first or second pitch -- and she showed patience when needed, hitting her home run on the 10th pitch of the at-bat and after six consecutive foul balls. Chirichigno's 5-for-5 performance accounted for one-third of the team's 15 hits, breaking the team's season-high hit total. Reynolds' swan song: December 24, 2013 The Beavers suffered five consecutive losses to end the regular season, including a couple heartbreakers. The losing streak followed a six-game winning streak, and the Beavers were invited to play in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl against Boise State University. The Beavers ended up winning ,38-23, but it took a huge performance from senior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds in his final game. With three minutes remaining in the first quarter, junior defensive end Scott Crichton forced Broncos quarterback Grant Hedrick to fumble. Reynolds picked up the ball and ran it back three yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, sophomore cornerback Larry Scott punched the ball out of BSU receiver Troy Ware's hands, and Reynolds was there again to pick up the loose ball. He returned it 70 yards for his second touchdown of the day. Tang does it all against Arizona: March 9, 2014 The Oregon State gymnastics team had its best road score of the season: a 197.050 against Arizona. Junior Chelsea Tang had her best overall performance of the 2014 season in that meet. She scored a 9.900 in her signature event, the beam, and also recorded an impressive performance in the all-around. She scored more than 9.850 in all four events, and accounted for an all-around score of 39.500, matching a career-high. A big performance was crucial for the Beavers, because their top home score is excluded from gymnastics rankings, meaning performing at a high level on the road is vital. Tang had big performances for the Beavers all season long, but this was her best. Cooks torches Utah: Sept. 14, 2013 The numbers speak for themselves: nine catches, 210 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-48 overtime win Sept. 14, 2013, against Utah. But Cooks' game was bigger than just gaudy numbers. He made his biggest catches when they counted most: a 48-yard grab on a fourth-and-1 trick play that helped force overtime and a game-winning overtime touchdown catch. He also had a 55-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the second quarter and an 18-yard score with 2:29 left in regulation. The Utah game was Cooks' best of the year, statistically, and it may have made the difference in his reception of the Biletnikoff Award. The Daily Barometer email@example.com