The Oregon State pitching and defense was again impressive, and it was also a game from the beginning where the Beavers' bats looked ready to take advantage of the San Diego State starter Ryan Doran. The offense all game long made some solid contact with well hit balls throughout the first five innings, but OSU could not find the gaps to get the hits to drop until a four hit sixth inning that included three straight singles to put the pressure on the San Diego State bullpen. The Aztec relief again for another game could not finish the deal with two RBI bases loaded walks combined with a San Diego State infield error to also contribute to the Beaver four run sixth inning, which was easily enough for OSU's Andrew Moore to get his second win of the year and propel the Beavs to a record of 7 and 0.
Again though it was a bit of a struggle early one for the Oregon State offense, who looked to have a better match up than the previous Friday night game. Once the Beavs were able to get the balls down for hits they took were able advantage of some nice hitting depth with Dylan Davis leading the way with three hits (including a triple deep into center field), along with Tyler Smith's two hits and two run double by Joey Jansen. All of which took up the slack for an off game at the plate for Michael Conforto who went 0 for 4, but again it has been refreshing to see how the line up depth is picking up for each other.
The pitching was outstanding and even if Andrew Moore was not completely dominating in terms of strikeouts, he only had two, Moore was in full control of his game walking zero batters and giving up only two hits (Moore actually at one time retired 13 in a row). Tony Bryant came in for a fairly easy close, giving up a hit but getting the final two outs of the game. And as noted above the pitchers got some nice defensive support by the infield and outfield with the Beavs not committing an error.
The final box score put the Beavs at 5 runs, 10 hits, and no errors; and San Diego State had no runs, 3 hits, and one error.
Looking Ahead To Sunday
Oregon State (7 and 0) plays San Diego State (3 and 3) for the series finale tomorrow at noon. At this time OSU's starter is still TBA and the Aztecs plan to go with freshman RHP Cody Thompson (0-0, 0.00).
UPDATE: Junior JC transfer RHP Clay Bauer, a 6'6", 211 lb. Tony Bryant type, who came to the Beavers from Livermore, CA, by way of the College of San Mateo, will get his first start today for Oregon St.
With a win tomorrow, the Beavs can go to their best start ever under Coach Casey, surpassing 7-0 starts in 2007 and 2004. And it would be their best start to a season in 51 years, since the 18-0 beginning of the 1962 campaign.
The game will be back on KEJO 1240 in the mid-valley, and on KPOJ 620 in Portland as always.
Even though the Oregon State starting pitcher situation is a bit of a mystery call for this fourth game of the series, one has to think there is a lot of flexibility with OSU only going with four relievers in very limited capacity so far. If the Beavs can get their offense going a bit earlier the pressure can be eased even more for a bullpen that has to be well rested and ready to go.
From here the Beavs will come rolling back home next week for their opening home series against the Northeast Conference Bryant Bulldogs who are 0 and 2 so far.