The Beavers got out of Seattle with a win, and it was one they needed after dropping the first two games of the season.
Oregon State had a better day offensively, and got the bats going in the fourth inning, producing six runs. Oregon State has been so successful this year thanks to the big inning, and it sure helped them out today. Three of those six runs came off of a bases clearing Jason Ogata double. He was 3 for 5 on the day. The Beavers also got a couple insurance runs late in the game, which propelled them to an 8-2 victory.
On the hill, Jorge Reyes gave the Beavers by far the best performance of the weekend from a starter. He went seven innings, and only gave up two runs on five hits. He struck out seven, and walked three. Blake Keitzman and Eddie Kunz both pitched an inning in relief. Eddie gave up the only hit between the two, and that was a Bradley Boyer single in the ninth inning. He ended up being forced out at second base to end the game.
One of the keys to this game was Oregon State getting to Washington's bullpen early. UW starter Jordan Merry only went 3 and a third innings, forcing Geoff Nichols and Tyler Cheney to throw extended innings out of the pen. Both Merry and Nichols gave up four runs each, but then Tyler Cheney settled things down for the final three innings, keeping the damage to eight Oregon State runs on the afternoon.
After losing this series with two losses on Friday and Saturday, a chance at the Pac-10 title three-peat looks unreasonable. The Beavers just need to keep winning games to get them into the postseason, then they can make up for not winning the Pac-10 by doing damage in... dare I say.. Omaha?
But never the less, Oregon State has their work cut out for them. This is a young team that lost nearly all of their starting position players, plus the two starting pitchers, and the closer. The only thing that worries me is that Oregon State seems to be regressing... struggling late in the season, when most of us expected them to struggle early, then improve as the season went on.
Anywho, we've got the Cougars in town this week.
More coming as the week goes on.