Well, that could have gone better.
Oregon State dropped their fifth game of the season last night when Arizona won game two of the series 15-4. The Wildcats had 15 hits to OSU’s nine and neither team committed an error.
Final: Arizona 15, Oregon State 4.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) April 8, 2018
The rubber match is set for 12:05 p.m. PT on Sunday.
The Beavs did get on the board first in T1 after Steven Kwan tripled in the first at-bat of the game and Andy Armstrong brought him in with a sacrifice bunt. Arizona wasted no time in getting back though. In B1, some pitching miscues from Heimlich allowed Arizona to score their first run, followed by a bases-loaded RBI single by Blake Paugh.
The Beavs got another run in T2 from an RBI double by Cadyn Grenier that went so high it may have hit a bird or two on the way down.
Two more runs came in for Arizona each in B2 and B4 to make it a 6-2 game. The Beavs began to make a comeback in T6 before a Cadyn Grenier double brought in two runs to make it a two-run game. Arizona added another run in the seventh, but the eighth was when things began to really fall apart for the Beavers.
Arizona put up eight runs in that inning, including a grand slam from the aptly named Cameron Cannon.
Oregon State would be unable to put anything back on the board after that.
Luke Heimlich started this one out on the mound for Oregon State. Needless to say, not his best day. He went 3.1 innings giving up nine hits, six runs (all earned), and two walks with five strikeouts. Freshman Nathan Burns made the first appearance of his college career going 2.1 innings in relief, walking three batters and striking out one. Christian Chamberlain came in after that with a two-inning appearance where he gave up five hits and eight earned runs with two walks and a strikeout. Sam Tweedt faced the last two batters for Oregon State and allowed one hit, which resulted in a run, and struck out the .other
Strange how after what was arguably the best start of the year for Bryce Fehmel on Friday, we see probably Heimlich’s worst the day after. I know we’ve talked a bit about pitching issues in the last couple of weeks, but boy was there a lot of them in this game.
Credit to Arizona’s offense. You don't score 15 runs just because the other team is having a bad day...but that’s exactly what this was for Oregon State. Throws were off. Some balls that they usually catch were just out of reach. But that’s baseball and why they play two out of three.
On the plus side, Adley Rutschman is still one of the most electric players I’ve ever seen at the college level.
(yes, they put him at first)
The series picks back up Sunday at noon. Winner takes all.