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Recap: Beavers Drop Final Game in Series against the Huskies

The Huskies offense came to play today as Oregon State’s hitting couldn’t keep up.

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Scobel Wiggins

In the last game in the series against the University of Washington, the Beavers fell short of being able to complete the sweep against the Huskies. Oregon State fell to U-Dub 8-4 in today’s matchup, bringing the Beavers overall record to 20-2 with a conference record of 5-2.

The Beavers struck first in this game and got a run in the 2nd inning, but the Huskies quickly responded in the 3rd inning and gained a lead that they would never relinquish. U-Dub tacked on 2 more runs in the 4th before OSU began their climb back with 2 runs in the 4th to get the score to 5-3. This wasn‘t enough as Washington added 3 more runs in the 7th and 8th innings to bring their total to 8 runs on the day, which would go on to be more than enough to get the win.

It is certainly a disappointing outcome for the OSU faithful, as the offensive show Oregon State put on in yesterday’s doubleheader gave the Beavs a confidence that they could lock down the sweep today. In addition, starting off Pac-12 play with back-to-back series sweeps would have been a tremendous start to conference play. On the bright side, the Beavers still won the series versus U-Dub, giving Oregon State 7 consecutive series wins against the Huskies. A very impressive streak for our Beavs.

Adley Rutschman, Zak Taylor, and Jack Anderson racked up 2 hits each and accounted for 6 of the team’s 8 hits, as well as 3 of the 4 RBIs on the day for the Beavers. In addition, Kevin Abel stood out as one of the few bright spots from the pitching staff in today’s game. Abel came on in the 4th and got out of a tight jam to keep the Beavs in striking distance. On the day, Abel went 2.2 innings and struck out 5 batters while only allowing 2 hits and no runs.

It was certainly a tough break to not get the sweep over U-Dub, but Oregon State will have a chance to get back into the win column next weekend as we begin a new series against a struggling Utah Utes team that is 4-18 on the season. The series versus Utah begins Thursday, March 29th, at 5:00 PM PT in Salt Lake City.