After a fantastic weekend for Beaver sports, it’s time to take stock of it all. Let’s rundown what happened.
Baseball Opens With A Big Set of Wins
Oregon State Baseball wasted no time in getting back to dominant form. With 4 wins in 4 days, including a 16-7 win over Cal Poly and a 15-3 win over New Mexico.
Right Fielder Trevor Larnach had a particularly amazing weekend. Larnach accumulated a total of 8 hits, 7 RBIs, 6 runs, 6 walks, and 3 home runs. For his efforts, Larnarch was awarded a national player of the week award from Collegiate Baseball.
The team remains ranked at #2 in all major rankings, behind Florida. Any slip up by the Gators will allow the Beavers to return to the spot they held much of the last season. Oregon State gets back to action on Thursday against Nebraska.
Women’s Basketball Finishes Home Schedule In Style
After dropping road games against the southern California schools earlier this season, Oregon State managed to split the season series with both teams with a pair of gritty victories. It took overtime to put away the UCLA Bruins 67-64, and a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter sealed the win against USC 69-63.
Marie Gulich was the team leader in both wins, with 24 points against the Bruins and 25 points against the Trojans, earning her player of the week honors from the PAC-12, and the Naismith Women’s Player of the Week. The games this weekend were the final regular season home games for Gulich at Gill Coliseum.
If the Beavers manage to maintain a top 16 seed however, there’ll be basketball yet to play at Gill this year. A seed that high will earn the Beavers the right to host games for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. After the wins this weekend, the Beavers sit at #12 in the AP rankings, and #11 in the Coaches rankings. Oregon State will look to finish the season strong with trips to Arizona and Arizona State this weekend.
It wasn’t all good news on the court this weekend. After Sunday’s game, USC’s Minyon Moore reported that fans had called her and her teammates racial slurs as they were leaving the court. Oregon State and USC are both investigating the incident, and hopefully action is taking quickly. This kind of behavior has no place in Corvallis or any other community.
Gymnastics Notches Season Best Score
In their home meet against Arizona on Saturday, the Oregon State Gymnastics team scored a season high 197.300. The team had season high scores on both Bars and Beam. Arizona, performing short handed, only managed a 145.375.
Multiple Beavers scored career bests in their events, including McKenna Singley on Vault, and Kaitlin Yanish on Floor Exercise. This weekend’s results were good enough to move Oregon State up in the national rankings, to #8. The Beavers are currently on track to return to postseason play. Their next meet will be in Los Angeles against UCLA, currently ranked third in the nation.
This weekend’s meet was part of the #DamWorthIt campaign for mental health among student athletes. Former gymnast Taylor Ricci and soccer player Nathan Braaten have spear-headed the campaign, providing education on campus and at Beaver home games.
There’s always lots going in Oregon State Athletics, so keep checking in on Building the Dam and we’ll keep you up to date!