Friday’s series opener was over almost as soon as it began, as the Beavs rolled to an impressive 8-0 victory. The Beavs effort was powered by their two best players in starting pitcher Luke Heimlich and second baseman Nick Madrigal.
Heimlich picked up his 7th win on the season, pitching 8 innings of shutout baseball while striking out a career high 12 batters. Grant Gambrell pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the shutout. The Bears mildly threatened in the 6th inning loading the bases with one out before an unorthodox double play ended the inning, as Heimlich struck out Andrew Vaughn with a pitch in the dirt that skipped past Adley Rutschman, but the freshman catcher tracked down the ball and gunned out Cameron Eden trying to score from third.
The Beavs took advantage of Cal’s pitching with 13 hits, led by a 3 for 5 day from Nick Madrigal. The sophomore second baseman did his damage early, going 3 for 3 in the first three innings, helping propel OSU to an 8 run lead by the 4th inning. Third baseman Michael Gretler also picked up three hits on the day with an RBI while Adley Rutschman continues to improve at the plate picking up 3 RBI’s in a 2 for 4 effort.
OSU and Cal will play again tomorrow as Bryce Fehmel takes the mound for a 1:30 start.