It was a battle of pitching and defense Saturday on Montlake. Jake Thompson went 7.2 innings allowing six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. Thompson improved to 8-0 on the season, which moves him into a tie for the best record in the country. Both teams showed some impressive fielding prowess as well, including this catch from Elliott Cary.
The first run didn’t come until the seventh inning when UW reliever Greg Minier walked Nick Madrigal with two outs and the bases loaded. Steven Kwan immediately followed it up with a two RBI single just before the stretch. Kwan had himself a fantastic day at the plate with three hits in four trips to the plate.
Despite a few close calls, the Beaver defense kept UW from scoring and caused them to leave nine runners on base throughout the game. OSU’s Jake Mulholland earned his fifth save in the year coming on late in the eighth inning.
Beaver fans traveled well for today’s game. The reported attendance was 2690, a new UW record. There’s been plenty of orange and black in the crowd for just about every road game this year.
Oregon State improves to 30-2 on the season and 14-1 in conference play. They now hit the road for a weekend series with UCLA in Los Angeles beginning Friday, April 21 at 6 PM.