Back-to-back games. Back-to-back extra-inning spectacles. Back-to-back walk-offs.
For the 2nd game in a row, it took the Beavers extra innings to take the win against the Nevada Wolf Pack. This game was exciting from start to finish and Beaver Nation hit almost every emotion throughout the course of this game.
The teams swapped scoreless efforts throughout the first 3 innings of the game. Jordan Britton started on the bump for the Beavs and looked strong in his appearance throughout the first 3 innings. That all changed when the Wolf Pack struck first in the 4th inning. The Wolf Pack erupted for 3 home runs and 5 total runs in the 4th to race out to a commanding 5-0 lead.
After a scoreless inning and a half for the Beavs, UNR looked to be seizing command of the game. That would all change in the bottom of the 6th when the Beavs finally broke through on the scoreboard with an RBI double by Michael Gretler followed shortly by a sac fly by Kyle Nobach to pull the Beavs within 3 runs after 6 innings.
After forcing a quick inning from the Wolf Pack in the top of the 7th, the Beavs kept the momentum rolling in the bottom of the 7th as Cadyn Grenier started the inning with a leadoff double and eventually came around to home, making the score 3-5 Wolf Pack after 7.
Then came the 8th inning.
The Beavs made quick work of Nevada in the top of the 8th, and then proceeded to get to work in the bottom of the 8th inning. After 2 quick outs, Kyle Nobach walked and was then followed by a Tyler Malone base hit to keep the inning alive. The Wolf Pack then proceeded to walk the next 6 batters.
You read that right. 6. Straight. Walks.
With these 6 walks, the Beavs recorded 4 runs. Seriously, the Wolf Pack walked in a grand slam’s worth of runs for Oregon State to give the Beavs a 7-5 lead heading into the 9th inning.
The wackiness of this game didn't stop there, as Coach Casey decided to put in ace starter Luke Heimlich in the bottom of the 9th to try and record the save. However, the Wolf Pack would not go away, as they drove in 2 more runs of Heimlich and notch the game even at 7-7, forcing this game to the bottom of the 9th, and eventually extra innings.
The Beavs stuck with Heimlich in the top of the 10th, and he proceeded to make quick work of the Wolf Pack to send us to the bottom. After 2 quick outs, the fans in the stadium were readying for the 11th inning for a 2nd straight day.
Adley Rutcshman had something to say about that, however.
In one of the craziest walk-offs you will ever see, Adley Clutchman hit a ball to center field that was misplayed by the defender. The ball went through the defender’s legs and proceeded to roll out to the 400-foot sign in dead center field. Adley turned on the jets and raced around each base before sliding into home safely for an inside-the-park-walk-off-home-run.
Wow. Insanity undervalues how bonkers this game was. From start to finish, this game was electric, and the feeling lasted all the way until the final run.
This entire series was an instant classic that will be relished in the minds of Beaver Nation. The Beavs managed to steal back-to-back walk-offs against a talented Wolf Pack team. This is a series that tested the Beavs and made them prove their worthiness of a top 5 ranking.
The Beavs hope to keep the good times rolling as they head to take on the Arizona Wildcats in Tuscon, starting this Friday at 7:00 PM PT.