Come-from-behind wins are always stressfull. That being said, they can be all the more satisfying when everything works out. That’s exactly what happened Saturday afternoon as the Beavs got their second victory of the season.
Gonzaga took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third ending. Second baseman Carson Breshears got an RBI double off of Sam Tweedt. Breshears was then able to reach home from third a few batters later on a passed ball.
First baseman Zak Taylor got OSU on the board in the next frame with a solo homer. It would be the first home run of his college career. Then in the bottom of the sixth, OSU tied the game 2-2 with a Trevor Larnach single that gave Cadyn Grenier enough time to score.
The Beavers were then able to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer from Larnach and an RBI single from third baseman Andy Armstrong. That made it 4-2 with one inning to go.
Our blood pressure rose a bit when a wild pitch from Jake Mulholland allowed Zags’ first baseman Jake Vieth to score, cutting the lead to 4-3 in the top of the ninth. But with the tying run on third, Mulholland was able to get out of the jam for his first save of the year. Thus, OSU’s record improves to 2-0.
The winning decision went to OSU freshman reliever Christian Chamberlain (1-0). Jake Mulholland got the Beavs out of a sticky situation in the ninth, thus earning him his first save of the 2018 season.
Sam Tweedt had a bit of rough go of it in his first start of the season. The redshirt junior allowed 3 hits and 2 runs, one that was unearned, in 4.1 innings of work. He also had a walk and hit one batter.
Chamberlain went 3.2 innings in relief striking out three batters, with two walks. Mulholland went the final inning allowing one earned run and striking out the final batter.
Offensively, the Beavs had nine hits to Gonzaga’s five. Neither team committed an error. An interesting note: Michael Gretler got the start at catcher while Adley Rutschman took on the DH role
Oregon State next takes the field again tomorrow at noon PT against a Cal Poly team that could surprise some people this year. Come on back to BTD for the game thread and chat about the game with us.