Pat Casey was back in the driver’s seat for the Oregon State baseball team today as they took down Cal 6-4 to win the third and final game of the series.
Four errors by Cal in this one played a big role in OSU winning this game. The Beavers also committed an error, but outhit the Bears 9-7.
In the first inning, Cadyn Grenier stole third on a wild pitch and was able to come all the home for the Beavs first run when the Cal catcher threw the ball past the third baseman. A two-run homer by Michael Gretler added to the Beaver lead in the top of the second.
Cal’s Quentin Selma brought a run in for Cal on a sac fly in the bottom of the second.
In the top of the fourth, an Andy Armstrong double scored Michael Gretler. In that same inning, the Beavs committed their lone error of the day on a wild pitch by Gambrell, allowing Selma to steal home. Then in the seventh, Adley Rutschman hit a chopper up the middle, which drove in Steven Kwan from third.
Gretler got his second RBI of the day in the top of the ninth to bring the Beavs’ run total to six.
Cal’s Jeffrey Mitchell added a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting before Jake Mulholland secured the win.
Grant Gambrell was the starting pitcher for the Beavs today and he turned in an average day against the Bears. 5.1 innings of work, three hits, two runs, four walks, and four strikeouts was his line. Jordan Britton came on in relief for 1.2 innings and allowed two hits. Kevin Abel also made a one inning appearance abd grabbed four strikeouts before Jale Mulholland came in to get the save.
On top of the rough defensive day/weekend for Cal, a solid day at the plate by Preston Jones secured the sweep for Oregon State. He grabbed two hits and a run in his time today.
Pac-12 play continues later this week as the Beavs welcome the Washington Huskies to Corvallis for a three-game series beginning Friday at 7:00 PM PT. Rest assured, we’ll have a preview for you later in the week.