With a 3-1 defeat of Stanford on Friday night in Palo Alto, the Oregon State Baseball team completed its first perfect month with 10 or more games in 35 years.
Luke Heimlich threw his second career complete game and racked up 114 pitches, 83 of which were strikes (That’s 72.8%). He struck out two batters along the way and kept the Cardinal to four hits. The OSU offense tallied seven hits on the night and Stanford committed two errors.
KJ Harrison doubled in the first to score Nick Madrigal for the opening run in the first inning. Then in the fifth, Trevor Larnach drove in Elliott Cary to make it 2-0. Stanford got a run off of a sac fly in the fifth inning as well. The final run came from OSU’s Zak Taylor in the ninth after Cary drove him in on a sac fly.
One of the more impressive parts of this win was the clutch defense. Other than the sac fly that scored Stanford’s lone run, the Cardinal had four other occasions where runners where in scoring position and were unable to reach home.
The victory was OSU’s 17th in a row, which remains the longest active streak in the country, and brings the team to 22-1 on the year with a 7-0 conference record. Their perfect month of March also included series sweeps of UC Davis, Ball State, Arizona State, and No. 9 Arizona plus a win against Saint Mary’s College.
Game two of the series gets going at 2 PM PT on Saturday. If that one goes Oregon State’s way, they’ll tie the 1962 team for the best start to a season in program history at 23-1. Reigning Pac-12 pitcher of the week Bryce Fehmel is set to get the start against Stanford’s Erik Miller.