The Beavs have now won every Pac-12 series this year with today’s 5-0 win over Washington State. The victory pushed Oregon State’s win streak to 11 games, and put them within one win of the Pac-10/12 record for conference wins.
Jake Thompson pitched lights out again as he gave the Beavs their second complete game of the series. The junior gave up no runs and just 2 hits on way to his nation leading 12th win on the season. Thompson, who is usually the #3 starter for Pat Casey was bumped up to the #2 spot to set up the rotation for post season play.
Oregon State started the scoring in the 4th inning when a double from Trevor Larnach scored Jack Anderson and Adley Rutschman. Anderson added another run in the 6th with and RBI single that scored Michael Gretler. Preston Jones got his first hit of the season in the 7th inning before scoring on a Gretler double. Gretler scored shortly after on Rutschman’s 3rd hit of the game to push the lead to 5-0. The Beavs picked up 9 hits on the day led by 3 from Rutschman and 2 from Nick Madrigal
Of note, centerfielder Steven Kwan, who is amazing, left the game in the second inning after tweaking his ankle on a slide into second base in the first. Pitching coach Nate Yeskie was interviewed mid game stating that he did not believe the injury to Kwan was serious.
Oregon State will go for the sweep tomorrow with Drew Rasmussen getting the start. Expect Rasmussen to work a little deeper into the game than he did last week as they continue to extend his pitch count.