Oregon State opened up their three game series tonight against Stanford. It is their second to last Pac-12 series. After a hard fought game the Beavers took the win 5-2. Andrew Moore didn't seem himself at the mound, but got the win to improve his record to 6-2. Luke Heimlich got the save for the Beavers in the win. With the win the Beavers improve to 34-14-1 overall, 15-9 overall in Pac-12 play. Oregon State finally got their road record to a winning record improving it to 8-7 with the win tonight.
The 23rd ranked Beavers got off to a quick start, scoring 1 in each of their two first innings. Things got rolling for Beavers' batters with a KJ Harrison single to centerfield to score Christian Donahue to give Oregon State the 1-0 lead. In the top of the second Caleb Hamilton hit a single to the left side of the field a fielding error by Stanford left fielder allowed Hamilton to advance to second, and driving in Elliot Cary to extend their lead to 2-0.
In the top of the fifth the Beavers' KJ Harrison hit a lead off solo homerun. It was Harrison's ninth home run of the season, and he also leads the team in home runs. Oregon State wasn't done in the fifth as Micheal Greeter single to left field to score Joe Gillette and Kyle Nobach. The three inning run extended their lead to 5-0. The Cardinals finally answered back in the bottom of the fifth with a two in run to cut the lead to three 5-2. Oregon State got a break as a fly out from Standford ended the inning.
Andrew Moore was replaced in the 6th. It was his shortest pitching stint of the season. He was replaced by Scotland Church. Church only pitched 1.1 innings before he to replaced by Luke Heimlich. Heimlich finished the game at the mound for the Beavers. Stanford had a chance in the bottom of 8th to cut into the lead, but a flyout to centerfield ended those hopes; leaving two Cardinals stranded on bases.
The Beavers, if they can get the sweep this series or series win, it could see them move on to host the regionals. If they can also get another series win against their season ending series with California. The series resumes tomorrow at 7pm. The goal is to take the series win with a win tomorrow, and hopefully go to the series sweep on Sunday. The Beavers' standout pitcher Drew Rasmussen is set to be the pitcher for tomorrow's game.