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Beavs Rally Late To Claim A Series Win Over UCLA

A masterful performance from Jake Thompson and a clutch hit from Michael Gretler leads the Beavs to a 2-1 victory.

Michael Gretler comes up clutch again.
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For the second time in the past three games an OSU pitcher carried a no-hitter into the the 7th inning, and much like Friday the Beavers had to rally late to make sure the effort was not wasted.

Jake Thompson was masterful through 6 innings of work, allowing no runs and no hits, before finally getting touched up for 3 hits and a run in the 7th inning. The OSU bats didn’t fair much better than their Bruin counterparts struggling much of the game to get anything going before a questionable double from Nick Madrigal and a sac fly from Tyler Malone tied the game in the 8th. Thompson was relieved by senior Max Englebrekt in the bottom of 8th inning with the game tied at 1, Englebrekt gave up a lead-off single and a sac bunt before getting the hook from Nate Yeskie in favor of freshman Mitchell Verburg who slammed the door on the Bruins in the 8th, leaving a runner stranded at third and setting up another 9th inning rally from OSU.

Adley Rutschman lead off the ninth inning by drawing a walk off of UCLA pitcher Jake Bird and advanced to second base on a passed ball. With Rutschman at second Friday’s hero Michael Gretler laced a single up the middle bringing home the freshman catcher and giving OSU their first lead of the game at 2-1. The bottom ninth inning saw 5 pitchers reach the mound for OSU, following an out and a single off of Verburg, Jake Mulholland came in and struck out Nick Kern to get OSU an out away from victory. To the surprise of many Mulholland was pulled in favor of Sam Tweedt who allowed a single that put runners on the corner before Mitch Hickey issued a 4 pitch walk that loaded the bases. With the bases loaded and 2 down Nate Yeskie again went to the pen, summoning Brandon Eisert who picked up his first career save with strikeout of Jeremy Ydens.

Oregon State will host the Ducks on Tuesday in non-conference action, a game which could see Drew Rasmussen make his 2017 debut, before opening a 3 game home set against USC on Friday.