The OSU baseball team, powered by the efforts of two freshman, beat the Portland Pilots 4-3 in front of a sold out Joe Etzel field in Portland. The Beavers have now won 20 straight games, tying the longest win streak in college baseball this season (Missouri also won 20 straight earlier this season).
Sam Tweedt got the start for Pat Casey lasting 3 1⁄3 innings while giving up 2 runs including a solo home run to right fielder Chris Arpan in the second. Grant Gambrell relieved Tweedt in the 4th, pitching to just one Portland batter in relief, hitting Arpan on a pitch that appeared to hit his bat. Freshman Brandon Eisert relieved Gambrell and after a rough start that saw the Pilots gain the 3-2 lead, Eisert went on to mow down the Pilots with 9 strikeouts in 3 1⁄3 innings pitched. Eisert picked up his 3rd win of the season. Jake Mulholland finished off the Pilots with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out 5 and picking up his 3rd save of the year. On the night the Beavers struck out 18 Pilot batters, tying a team record set in 1941.
Cadyn Grenier has been eating his Wheaties lately, hitting his third home run of the season and second in as many games, a 2-run shot in the second inning that gave the Beavs an early 2-0 lead. The Beavs struggled to get anything going off starter Tate Budnick in the ensuing 3 innings, before getting to reliever Grady Miller in the 6th inning. The Beavs loaded the bases for pinch hitting freshman Adley Rutschman, who laced a 2 run single to left with 2 down to give the Beavs a 4-3 lead. One streak did end tonight as Nick Madrigal did not register a hit on the night, ending his 17 game hitting streak.
Check out Rutschman’s clutch hit that gave the Beavs the lead.
The Beavers head back to Corvallis for a 3 game set with defending Pac-12 champion Utah. OSU will honor the 2007 National Champion team during the series.