The Beavers coming off of a sweep of San Jose State were hoping to ride the momentum into tonight's game, but the script was flipped on them much like Wednesday's 6 run 7th inning. Cal Poly came into the game with a dismal record of 7-14 but have shown flashes of greatness when they put it together. Tonight they showed that they can be a dangerous team.
The game started with Andrew Moore taking the mound for the Beavers. Moore started out strong, only allowing two hits over the first three innings. In the top of the 4th the Mustangs Zach Zehner hit a solo home run off him to give Cal Poly the lead 1-0. Oregon State would answer back in the bottom of the 4th after Trever Morrison grounded out to second base but would score Jeff Hendrix who had tripled to third the previous at bat tying the game 1-1.
The Mustangs again took the lead off of a John Schuknecht fly out that saw Peter Van Gansen score giving Cal Poly a 2-1 lead in the top of the 6th. Cal Poly would do much of the same thing that the Beavers did Wednesday night as they held a thin lead over Spartans but went on a big 7th inning run.
Moore struggled in the top of the 7th. Beaver's coach Pat Casey replaced him with left handed pitcher Zach Reser. The redshirt senior also struggled as he gave up two runs to the Mustangs allowing them to extend their lead to 4-2. Reser would regain his composure striking out the Mustangs Jordan Ellis.
Beavers coach Pat Casey made another pitching change sending in Clay Bauer to pitch for Reser. Bauer with the bases loaded would give up a grand slam to John Schuknecht which would opened up the game for the Mustangs as their lead was now seven with the score 8-1. The Mustangs finished the inning with 6 runs and 4 hits.
The Beavers through the final 3 at bats as a team could only muster 1 hit as it felt like any momentum was ended with the Mustangs big run in the top of the 7th, which put the game out of the reach for the Beavers. Oregon State's batters couldn't find any hits this game and seems like when they hit it becomes contagious and when they don't it becomes contagious as the Beavers announcer said.
Cal Poly's Casey Bloomquist pitched a full game for the Mustangs. He had a great game holding the Beavers to 1 run, 4 hits, 3 strikeouts and improve his personal record to 2-2 for the season. Beavers Andrew Moore gets the loss as that drops him to 2-1 on the season.
Oregon State drops to 20-6 and loses their first home game of the season. Their record stands at 13-1, which is still a great record at home. Cal Poly improves to 8-14 overall and improves to 4-5 on the road. The 3 game series continues tomorrow at 1:35 pm.