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Recap: Oregon State Baseball Downs Cal State Fullerton To Even Series

Clutch defense and effective base running led to the Beaver victory.

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The Beavers were able to get their fourteenth win of the season Saturday with a 6-4 win over Cal State Fullerton. Oregon State outhit Fullerton 13-10 and committed no errors while Fullerton had two costly ones.

In the bottom of the second, Oregon State got off to a strong start when Andy Armstrong double to right field which scored two runs. Tyler Malone would score an unearned run from third in the next at-bat in a fielders choice situation.

Zak Taylor added an RBI in the fifth before a rough top of the sixth inning for the Beavers. Fullerton would get one run off a double by DH Tyler Lasch and three runs off a homer by left fielder Chris Prescott. Oregon State would get runs back in the next frame though when a throwing error Fullerton’s third baseman gave Steven Kwan enough time to get home and Jack Anderson singled to center field, scoring Adley Rutschman.

Fullerton would threaten again in the ninth getting a runner into scoring position, but the Beavs held strong and kept the score at 6-4 as they made the final out.

Bryce Fehmel began his start well but ran into some trouble in that sixth inning. All in all, he went 5.2 innings allowing six hits, four earned runs and a home run with three strikeouts. Dylan Pearce pitched two innings and allowed two hits with one strikeout. The win would go to Pearce, whose record is now 1-0. Jake Mulholland finished the game out going 1.1 innings with two hits and a strikeout. The closer earned his fifth save of the year with that performance.

Leaving runners on base was once again an issue for the Beavs as 13 failed to reach home in this one. They did have some instances of solid base running, taking advantage of Fullerton’s fielding mistakes throughout the game.

With the series even at 1-1, the finale tomorrow will decide the winner. That game will start at noon and be televised on the Pac-12 Network. The added drama should make for an entertaining game.