Dylan Davis got his season rolling, with 2 hits, 3 RBIs, and a run scored, for the Beavers in Oregon St.'s 14-3 romp over UC-Riverside. - (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)
Beavers Blow Highlanders Off Diamond In Palm Springs
Oregon St. obliterated an over-matched UC-Riverside squad, taking a 14-3 win in a game called mid-way in the 7th inning due to the 10 run rule enforced beginning in the 7th inning (something that should apply to conference games as well). And it could have, and should have been even more lopsided, as the Beavers squandered several opportunities for even more runs, leaving the bases loaded multiple times.
Oregon St. capitalized on 3 consecutive early walks and jumped all over UC-Riverside starter Ben Doucette, who didn't last through the first inning. The Beavers sent 10 batters to the plate, and bolted out to a 6-0 lead. Oregon St. added another run in the second inning without getting the ball out of the infield, and the early offensive barrage aided freshman Andrew Moore, who survived the only real threat the Highlanders mounted in the 4th inning, ultimately going 5 1/3 innings to get the win in his first game as a Beaver.
UC-Riverside got 3 runs on just 2 hits, aided by consecutive batters Moore hit, and an error on Jared Casper, who moved over to first base today, after getting the start at 3rd in the first 2 games of the season.
Oregon St. quickly erased the effects of the poor top of the 4th, with 3 more runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 10-3.
Moore turned the ball over to Zach Reser with 1 out in the top of the 6th, after throwing 97 pitches, and striking out the last batter he faced. It was overall a good outing for Moore, who allowed only 4 hits to the 24 batters he faced, though he did walk 3 in addition to the 2 batters he hit, and gave up 3 earned runs.
Oregon St. added 2 more runs in each of the 5th and 6th innings, and got 7 reserves into the game before it was called, sending the crowd of 1,849 back to their hotel early (but not that early; the game started over 40 minutes late, after the Gonzaga-Utah Valley St. game, which the 'Zags won 6-4, ran long).
Reser finished the game, going 2 2/3 strong innings, with only a single walk blemishing an otherwise perfect outing. Meanwhile, the Highlanders burned through 5 pitchers in 6 innings, which doesn't bode well for tomorrow morning's 8:30 AM rematch.
Oregon St. opened the season 3-0 for the 34th time, but the first time since 2007, their second National Championship season, with the win, while UC-Riverside dropped to 1-2.
Dylan Davis atoned for a poor first appearance of the season yesterday, where he popped up the only pitch he faced, with a 2 hit, 3 RBI day, including a 2 RBI triple in the 4th that made it 10-3 OSU.
Tyler Smith, Jared Casper, Jake Rodriguez, and Joey Matthews all had multiple RBI games as well, and Peterson had 3 hits on the afternoon. Michael Conforto went hitless, but drew 4 walks, and scored twice.
We'll learn more in the morning (or maybe not; its hard to imagine 8:30 AM baseball being indicative of anything relevant) as to whether it just wasn't the Highlanders day, or if they really are struggling that badly, but at least today, they were clearly not able to play at this level. Even lacking much power hitting, and not as much clutch hitting as will ultimately be needed, Oregon St. still absolutely dominated. Had the Beavers had a truly good day at the plate, good fielding (it generally was, but the error was one that should never, and probably won't happen again), and their "A" pitchers (though Reser might be one of them), and it would have been 20-0.
It will be a good evening to be a Beaver!