It was a hitting clinic this evening for the Oregon State baseball team as they out hit the Trojans 20 to 6. Max Gordon led the way with four hits and two RBIs, but overall it was a wonderful team effort as all of the order hit at least once.
One could sense that the Beavs were dialed in, as everyone in the near capacity crowd of 2,934 saw, but they did have some troubles finding the spots and gaps to get their hits to drop, along with some solid USC outfielding play it kept the game close through seven innings. Even so OSU's offense did get off to a good start in the third inning scoring three runs, but as the game progressed the bats went a little quiet until the seventh three run inning and eighth four run inning finally broke the game open.
Matt Boyd recorded his eighth win of the year and overall was spot-on recording 11 strikeouts. In what was a stellar performance Boyd though seemed to let his guard down a bit after the Beavs went up 3 to 0 with a batting practice fastball that was taken deep by the USC DH Adam Landecker in the fourth. Another home run ball was given up in the ninth inning and Boyd was lifted for Brandon Jackson who then closed the game; but not after Boyd, Jackson, and the OSU defense lost a bit of focus and allowed the Trojans to score three runs in the final inning.
The defense was also very solid throughout the game, which featured a spectacular play on a hard hit ground ball played by Tyler Smith at shortstop for the out, and included the highlight reel catch of the game by center fielder Max Gordon. The team did give up a couple of errors and had a bit of a problem totally closing the door in the final inning, but in the end it was a fairly moot point for the result. In many ways the score was closer than what really happened during the game, for the Beavs never really looked to be in any trouble of claiming their 12th conference win on a beautiful Friday evening.
The 32 and 8 Beavs go at it again against USC tomorrow, Saturday afternoon for a 2:05 first pitch sell out game. Freshman RHP Andrew Moore will get the start for the Beavs. See you all then!