Your Oregon State Beavers are really good at baseball, and they proved it again today by pummeling Ivy league champion Yale 11-0. The win puts Oregon State one win away from advancing to the super regional next weekend.
Luke Heimlich got the start, and pitched just as everyone in orange and black expected, going 7 innings while giving up no runs and just 2 hits while striking out 8. Luke did see some trouble in the 4th as a leadoff walk and a ground rule double gave Yale runners on second and third with no outs, but a ground out to third, a strikeout and a flyout to center kept Yale off the board. Yale head coach John Stuper was so impressed with Heimlich that during a midgame interview he referred to the junior southpaw as the best left handed pitcher he has ever seen at the college level. Sam Tweedt relieved Heimlich in the 8th inning, going 2 innings of scoreless work while striking out 3 Bulldogs.
The Beavs got on the board early with a 2 out solo blast in the top of the first from Jack Anderson, the walk-on rightfielder’s first career homerun. A double from Trevor Larnach and a single from Adley Rutschman gave the Beavs a 2-0 lead before Luke Heimlich even took the mound, as the Beavs were the designated away team.
The third inning saw another two out home run for the Beavs, a 2-run blast off the bat of KJ Harrison that has yet to land, giving the Beavs a 4-0 lead. The Beavs got on the board again in the 4th inning with a walk, a hit, and a sac fly from Nick Madrigal that put OSU up 5-0. Oregon State burst the game wide open in the 6th, chasing Yale starter Erik Brodkowitz along the way by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring 6 runs off of 6 hits to push the lead to 11-0. On the day Oregon State collected 16 hits, including 4 from Steven Kwan, 3 from Elliot Cary and 2 each from KJ Harrison, Trevor Larnach, and Adley Rutschman.
Oregon State will play tomorrow night at 7 (unless they change the schedule again) against the winner of tomorrow afternoon’s Holy Cross and Yale matchup. Drew Rasmussen is expected to get the start. A win tomorrow night will put the Beavs in the super regional next weekend against the winner of the Clemson regional.