A wet day in Berkeley turned into a Beaver victory today, as OSU overcame some tough starting pitching and an hour and a half rain delay to take the second game in their series against the Bears.
While the Beavers got the bases loaded in the top of the first, Cal was the first team to put a run up on the board, with first baseman Andrew Vaughn belting out a solo homer. The Beavers would tie it up in the top of the fourth, after Steven Kwan drove in Jack Anderson with a single. The Bears would take the lead back in the top of the fourth with a Jonah Davis double scoring Darren Baker.
That lead wouldn’t last long. In the top of the fifth, Trevor Larnarch did what he does, and started the inning off with a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2. That would be the last score for a couple hours, as in the bottom of the sixth, the rain came out.
The delay would last for an hour and 38 minutes. When gameplay resumed, Cal got another run after relief pitcher Kevin Abel walked in a run.
The Beavers started taking control in the seventh, with a two run Adley Rutschman giving OSU their first lead of the day. The eighth would be even worse for the Bears. Cadyn Grenier gave the Beavers another 2 run homer, which was followed by a double Trevor Larnarch. Then, an Adley Rutschman double scored Larnach, and a Preston Jones double scored Rutschman. By the time the Beavers were done, they had an 8-3 lead.
The Bears would add one back in the bottom of the eighth, but the Beavers weren’t done, and in the top of the ninth a California error gave OSU another two runs. Cal managed to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t get anyone home, giving Oregon State a 10-4 win.
Bryce Fehmel got the start for Oregon State, and went 5.1 innings in which he allowed six hits and three runs, with three walks and one strikeout. Kevin Abel took over in the sixth, and got the win, putting him at 2-0 for the season. Abel pitched for one inning, in which he allowed one hit, no runs, and had two walks and one strikeout.
Brandon Eisert would then come in and earn his second save of the season, pitching the last 2.1 inings and allowing 2 hits, one run, with 2 walks and a strikeout.
Adley Rutschman was the player of the night on offense, with 3 hits for 3 RBI, which included a home run. It was a strong night for lots of Beavers though, with Cadyn Grenier and Trevor Larnach also contributing home runs.
Sadly Michael Gretler’s streak of games with a hit came to an end tonight, as he couldn’t seem to get a ball into play. His streak lasted nine games.
The Beavers, who moved up to number one in most national rankings after last weekend, now sit at 17-1, while Cal falls to 12-6. The final game in the series will be tomorrow at 12 pm. Until then, I leave you with this.