It took a bit of time but the Beavs break the game open in the seventh inning to beat San Diego State 8 to 1 in the opener of the four game series.
Oregon State's offense was sluggish, in the wrong ways, against San Diego State's Michael Cederoth who struck out six Beaver batters. On the other side though Dan Child, who gets his second win of the season, and the Oregon State defense held the Aztecs in check, getting out of some jams such as a bases loaded second inning for San Diego State where the Beavs got out of the inning with a double play.
But the Beavs wore down Cederoth as the game progressed and finally opened it up when San Diego made a pitching change in the seventh inning to score five runs on five hits and hit through the order. Tyler Smith led the Beavs in the seventh with a two RBI double.
The seventh inning offensive show could not have come at a better time as the Aztecs looked ready to creep back into the game with a one run sixth inning in which they got three straight hits off of Child to load the bases with no outs. But Freshman pitcher Max Engelbrekt did hold San Diego State to only one run, but the Aztecs still closed the game to one run, so the seventh inning offensive explosion was rewarding not only as seeing the Beavs open it up for the first time this season but as an answer to another team's run.
Michael Conforto added a ninth inning triple and Sophomore Ryan Howell gets the RBI single to bring in pinch runner Zane Yanzick, bringing the score to 8 to 1, and Cole Brocker closed the game in the ninth for the Beavs fifth win of the young season. The Beavs ended with nine hits and one error to the Aztecs seven hits and two errors. It also was a nice team effort in all nine of the Beavs hits coming from different batters, including Danny Hayes first hit of the season and a timely opening seventh inning single by Kavin Keyes.
Oregon State (5-0) and San Diego State (3-1) go at it again tomorrow evening at 6:00 PT, with Matt Boyd getting his second start of the season.