A game that featured a combined 21 runs, including 6 home runs, 2 of them grand slams, saw the Beavs pick up their 37th win of the season and claim yet another series win.
Oregon State set the tone early with a first inning 2 run home run off the bat of KJ Harrison to give the Beavs an early 2-0 lead. Cal answered back with a home run of their own in the third inning, as Cameron Eden took a Bryce Fehmel pitch over the left field fence. The bottom of the 3rd saw OSU tack on two runs in more traditional OSU fashion with a double from Nick Madrigal and a sac bunt from Jack Anderson to take a 4-1 lead. The lead however was short lived as a pair of Cal home runs in the 4th inning, knotted the score at 4 and ended Bryce Fehmel’s day. The score would stay tied at 4 until the bottom of the 6th when a pair of walks and a single from Madrigal loaded the bases for centerfielder Steven Kwan who belted his first career home run to the right field bleachers and gave the Beavs an 8-4 lead.
Talk about a time for YOUR FIRST CAREER HOME RUN!https://t.co/0MRZMF9Nnf https://t.co/OjZEkunngI— Oregon St. Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 6, 2017
The joy in Goss was short lived, as Cal answered back in the 7th when Karas hit his second home run of the day, a grand slam just over the glove of Jack Anderson, off of reliever Drew Rasmussen to tie the game at 8. The bottom of the 7th saw OSU again loaded the bases on a hit batter and a pair of walks before Adley Rutschman hit a ball to short that looked like a sure double play ball, but the throw from second pulled the first baseman away from the bag, allowing Jack Anderson to score. OSU added two more before the end of the inning with back to back singles from Cadyn Grenier and Nick Madrigal to give the Beavs an 11-8 lead. Cal was not done, as they put together a rally of their own in the 8th scoring a pair of unearned runs to cut the Beavs lead to one. A scoreless bottom of the inning gave Cal a chance to make some more noise in the 9th, leading off with a single from Karas, before Rasmussen shut the door getting a pair of pop-ups and Adley Rutschman gunned out a stealing Karas to end the game.
What a way to end the game!#GoBeavs— Oregon St. Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 6, 2017
OSU will go for the sweep tomorrow with Jake Thompson looking for his 10th win of the season