Chalk up another one for Casey’s crew.
Oregon State once again brought their bats to work as they trounced the New Mexico Lobos in Surprise, AZ. The Beavs piled on 18 hits compared to UNM’s eight and committed one error.
And this one is a final. We win big, 15-3, to improve to 4-0 on the year.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) February 20, 2018
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New Mexico was able to draw first blood in the second inning when DH Dan Zakosek drove in a run with an RBI single.
The Beavs quickly took the lead in the bottom of the third and kept it for the remainder of the game. In that frame, the Beavs put up five runs including a two-RBI single from Madrigal, who was then able to score on a throwing error shortly after, and a two-RBI double by Michael Gretler.
In the fourth inning, Lobo pinch hitter De Marshall singled to right center field which scored UNM’s second run of the day.
The rest of this game was more or less all Beavs. Adley Rutschman extended OSU’s lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two RBI single. The fifth inning was another big one for Oregon State as Zak Taylor and Cadyn Grenier picked up an RBI apiece while Steven Kwan drove in two with an outstanding triple down the right-field line. Kwan and Taylor would pick up additional RBIs in the sixth inning along with Jack Anderson getting his first of the year.
Joe Casey also got his first RBI of the young season when he drove in Madrigal in the bottom of the seventh.
UNM’s final run of the night came when third baseman Richard Ware scored Jeff Demling despite Ware getting tagged out trying to get to second. That would be the end of the scoring as the final would be 15-3 in favor of Oregon State.
Grant Gambrell started for Oregon State and went three innings before getting pulled after giving up two earned runs with one strikeout. Jordan Britton replaced him and tossed four innings, giving up three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Redshirt freshman Dakota Donovan finished the game out with one hit, two walks, and a strikeout.
Overall, the starting pitching this weekend may need a little extra time to get their full mojo back, but we should all be very happy with what some of the guys in the bullpen were able to do this week.
The offense in these first four games was simply outstanding. Trevor Larnach even earned himself a National Player of the Week honor from Collegiate Baseball for all that he was able to do.
New Mexico drops to 1-3 on the year after losing twice to OSU and once to Gonzaga this weekend. Oregon State will stay in Surprise this week to face Nebraska and Ohio State in the Big Ten-Pac-12 Challenge, which begins on Thursday. Check back later this week for the preview.