A late-inning burst secured the win for Oregon State on Monday night. Not only did the Beavs get the win, they finished the night with 18 hits to San Diego’s eight on the way to a 23-6 win. San Diego also committed three errors in this game.
The 23 runs are the most that OSU has scored in a single game this season.
BEAVERS WIN 23-6 in seven innings Monday night versus San Diego.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 15, 2018
OSU improves to 39-8-1 on the year. pic.twitter.com/bO1TuguVFU
There was certainly no shortage of offense in this game and it all started right away. San Diego’s Brhet Bewley homered in the top of the first inning. OSU countered with a four-run frame in that same inning. It included an RBI double from Cadyn Grenier, a two-run homer from Trevor Larnach, and a solo homer from Adley Rutschman.
San Diego grabbed two more in the second, but OSU had yet another four-run inning in the bottom of the second. Three more runs for the Toreros came through in the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Michael Gretler scored on a wild pitch and Tyler Malone drove in a run on a single.
OSU nabbed two more in the bottom of the fifth. Then in the 6th, the floodgates officially opened. Oregon State put up 11 runs in that inning. When USD failed to score in the next frame, the mercy rule was implemented.
A few other notable events in this game included Elliot Wily earning his first career hit, Cadyn Grenier picked up five RBIs, and every Beaver that batted reached base safely at least once.
Grant Gambrell got the start on the mound but struggled a bit. He just pitched the first 1.1 innings, giving up four hits with three runs and a walk. Nathan Burns pitched two innings in relief with two hits and two runs alongside a walk and four strikeouts. That earned Burns the win, his first of the year. Dakota Donovan pitched the last 3,2 innings with two hits, a run, two walks, and three strikeouts on the way to his first save of the year.
While it’s clear this team is still working out who the definitive third starter should be at pitcher, hard to be mad at any day that results in a 23-6 win.
OSU improves to 39-8-1 on with the victory. The series continues Tuesday at 5:30.