The Oregon State baseball team began conference play in style over the weekend.
OSU secured the sweep of Arizona State at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Saturday. The Beavers have now won a school record six consecutive games against ASU dating back to 2016. This series also marked the first time that ASU was swept at home by another Pac-12 team since 1997, and the first time that OSU won a series at ASU since 2008.
After winning the first game of the series 2-0 on Thursday, the Beavers came back on Friday for a 10-1 victory off of 16 hits (a season high), including three a piece for Nick Madrigal, KJ Harrison, and Cadyn Grenier.
Saturday’s finale was highlighted by a career best 10 strikeouts for starting pitcher Jake Thompson. That brings the Beavs’ win streak to 12, which the fourth longest active streak in the nation.
This impressive start to the year even has opposing coaches singing the Beavs’ praises.
ASU head coach Tracy Smith said he thinks Oregon State sophomore 2B Nick Madrigal is the "best baseball player in the country."— Matt J. Layman (@mattjlayman) March 18, 2017
Next up, the Beavers return home for a series with the Arizona Wildcats at Goss Stadium. That series kicks off Friday, March 24th, at 7 PM PT. Check back with BTD later in the week for a preview of what’s looking to be a top ten match-up.