The consensus number one team in the country began a five game road trip on Tuesday with a resilient 4-3 win against the West Coast Conference leading Gaels of Saint Mary’s College.
The Gaels opened the scoring with a homer that just carried and carried over the right field fence by DH Kevin Milam in the bottom of the second. Oregon State then bounced back in the top of the fourth when Michael Gretler drove in Steven Kwan on an RBI single.
SMC took the lead right back in their next turn at the plate. Back to back RBI singles made it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth. OSU mounted a rally in the top of the ninth that shortened the lead to 3-2 off a bases loaded walk. Then, Nick Madrigal drilled a line drive up the middle for a single that brought in two runs to put the Beavers up 4-3. Reliever Jake Mulholland preserved the win in the bottom of the ninth and the Beavs earned their 16th win in a row.
Oregon State is now 21-1 on the year.
Sam Tweedt started on the mound for OSU and pitched for 3.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs (all earned) with two strikeouts before being relieved. Usual closer Max Engelbrekt earned his second win of the year while reliever Jake Mulholland was credited with the save. Each team had one error while the Gaels outhit the Beavs 11-9.
An interesting subplot of this game was the match-up between OSU’s Nick Madrigal and his brother, Ty, a relief pitcher for SMC. They came face to face in the eighth inning and Nick earned bragging rights over his sibling with a base hit.
Even more good news came for the Beavs on Tuesday. Bryce Fehmel earned Pac-12 pitcher of the week honors and KJ Harrison was named the Pac-12 player of the week after this past weekend’s sweep of Arizona. This was the second consecutive week that OSU swept the weekly league honors. No Pac-12 team had swept the weekly awards two weeks in a row since Arizona State did so in 1989.
The Beavers are back on the field on Friday, March 31st, as they begin a three game series with #17 Stanford in Palo Alto with first pitch scheduled for 6 PM PT.