While it was technically a home game for Portland, Ron Tonkin Field was mostly orange on Tuesday night as Oregon State took the Pilots for a ride. OSU accrued 17 hits on the way to a 9-2 win against a Portland team that got just 7 hits. Neither team committed an error.
Steven Kwan led the game off with a home run and Oregon State never relinquished the lead. Kwan had five hits on the day, which ties the program record. OSU’s second run in the top of the second would also come from Kwan as he brought in Michael Gretler with an RBI single.
Adley Rutschman continued his great offensive year with a triple in the top of the third, which scored Trevor Larnach. The Beavs scored two more in the top of the fifth with a Preston Jones RBI single and a bases-loaded walk for Michael Gretler.
Trevor Larnach would get his own RBI in the sixth inning when he grounded out to short but gave Cadyn Grenier enough time to score.
Portland got both of their runs in B6 with a sac-fly RBI and third baseman Daniel Lopez stealing home on a passed ball.
Kwan would score his first run of the day in T7 on a sac bunt by Grenier. The Beavs tacked on two more in the ninth with RBI singles from Nick Madrigal and Tyler Malone. Malone’s home run streak ended tonight at five games.
Jordan Britton made his second start of the season on the mound on Tuesday and earned the winning decision to make him 2-0 on the year. He pitched three innings, allowed three hits, and struck out one batter. Kevin Abel pitched two innings in relief allowing one hit and one run, which was earned. Abel also walked a batter and struck out a batter. Dakota Donovan also made a brief relief appearance facing three batters: one walk, one strikeout, and one hit batter. Donovan allowed the unearned run.
Brandon Eisert pitched the final 3.2 innings of the game and earned his third save of the season. He allowed three hits with four strikeouts.
With the victory, Oregon State is now 30-6 overall with a Pac-12 record of 10-5. They have a chance to improve their place in the league standings this week as Arizona State comes to Corvallis on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Come on back to BTD for more coverage of that series later this week.