Oregon State’s offense had one of their best games of the season on Saturday garnering 19 hits on the way to a victory over Oregon. Neither team committed an error, but the Beavers took the Ducks’ pitching for a ride with three home runs in the 12-5 win.
It all started in the bottom of the first with a Trevor Larnach homer that brought in three runs. Then in the bottom of the third, the offense exploded for six more runs, which included a Michael Gretler two-run dinger, a Steven Kwan RBI single, and a three-RBI double from Adley Rutschman.
Oregon got a run back in T4 with a Ray Soderman RBI groundout, but OSU answered in B5 with Rutschman’s second RBI double of the day and a Tyler Malone sac fly.
The Ducks tried to mount something resembling a comeback in the next two innings with an RBI double in the sixth, plus a bases-loaded walk and a two-RBI single in the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, however, Tyler Malone gave us his fifth home run in as many games for the twelfth and final OSU run of the day.
Grant Gambrell was today’s OSU starting pitcher. He threw 5.1 innings with five hits, two runs (both earned), a walk, and six strikeouts. The winning decision brings his record to 5-1 this season.
Christian Chamberlain threw 1.1 innings of relief giving up three hits and three runs (all earned) with a walk and a strikeout. Zach Burns also faced two batters allowing one a hit and walking the other. Brandon Eisert closed it out with the final 2.1 innings striking out two batters and hitting one.
So with the win, Oregon State sits at 29-6 overall with a 10-5 conference record. They sit at third place in the Pac-12 behind UCLA and Stanford. Sweeping your rival feels great no matter how you look at it. Plus, Nick Madrigal coming back gave Beaver fans something substantial to cheer about on top of the wins.
Plus, I almost feel bad for Tyler Malone honestly. Were he not on a team with Madrigal, Rutschman, AND Larnach, he’d probably be getting more national attention.
Whatever Tyler Malone has for breakfast, I want it, too. https://t.co/efewUZxrRe— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) April 22, 2018
Oregon State’s next game brings them to Hillsboro, Oregon at Ron Tonkin Field to face the University of Portland on Tuesday at 5 PM PDT. Check back on Monday for more on that game.