Oregon State baseball improved to 13-1 on the season by taking both games of today’s doubleheader against Ball State.
Game One- Beavers 5- Ball State 0
For the second game in a row OSU’s starting pitcher looked invincible. This time Luke Heimlich went 8 scoreless innings giving up only 2 hits to the Ball State lineup while striking out 11 Cardinals. Heimlich is now 3-0 on the season with 36 strikeouts and a 0.31 ERA. Freshman Mitchell Verburg pitched a scoreless 9th inning for OSU in a non-save situation to give the Beavs their second shutout in as many games.
The Beaver offense was once again led by sophomore Nick Madrigal, who go the offense going early with his team leading 3rd home run of this season in the first inning. Madrigal collected his second RBI of the game on a single in the 8th inning. KJ Harrison, Jack Anderson and Cadyn Grenier each picked up 2 hits for the Beavs.
Game Two- Beavers 5- Ball State 1
Oregon State starter Sam Tweedt didn’t have his best stuff today, lasting only 4.1 innings while giving up 5 hits and 1 walk. One of the hits given up by Tweedt was a second inning home run that gave Ball State a 1-0 lead and ended a 27 inning scoreless streak by the OSU pitching staff. Grant Gambrell picked up the win in relief going 1.2 innings, while Jake Mulholland picked up the save while pitching 3 scoreless innings.
The Beaver offense struggled figure out Ball State starter Evan Marquardt in the first four innings, but were able to plate 3 runs in the 5th with textbook Pat Casey baseball, including a pair of bunt singles by Steven Kwan and Christian Donahue and a 2-RBI single by Trevor Larnach. OSU was able to pick up 2 more in the 7th inning when Larnach picked up his 3rd RBI and Adley Rutschman brought Donahue in on a groundout.
The Beavs will go for the series sweep tomorrow as Jake Thompson takes the mound against the Cardinals for a 1:35 start.