Well, that game was lopsided as the Beavs rolled to a 14-3 victory to sweep the Cougars and set the Pac-12 record with 27 conference wins on the season.
Drew Rasmussen got his second start of the season, and looked every bit the pitcher everyone hoped he would be. The redshirt sophomore went 5 2⁄3 of 3 hit baseball while extending his pitch count into the mid 70’s. Rasmussen will get another start next week against Abiline Christian to extend his pitch count a little higher and get him ready for full action come post season play. Washington State was able to score two in the 8th after a pair of walks off of Grant Gambrell as well as a hit and an error off Sam Tweedt. The Cougars added a 3rd run in the ninth with 2 hits and 2 walks off of reliever Mitch Hickey before Jake Mulholland came in and got the final out. Freshman Brandon Eisert also pitched 1 2⁄3 innings of relief.
The offense apparently didn’t miss KJ Harrison, who sat his 4th straight game with an ankle injury, or Steven Kwan, who missed the game with a tight quad. Led by Nick Madrigal who hit his 4th home run of the season and picked up 5 RBI’s the Beaver offense put up 14 runs on 12 hits off of 5 Cougar pitchers. The Beavs did most of their damage in the 5th inning which saw 7 Beavs score capped off by Madrigal’s 3 run home run over the left field fence.
The Beavs tacked on a 4 in the 7th inning to push the lead to 14-0. Adley Rutschman and Michael Gretler each picked up a pair of hits on the day as they both feasted on the Cougs this weekend.
Today’s win wraps up Pac-12 play for OSU as the Beavs will host a 4 game set against Abiline Christian next weekend to close out the regular season