After dropping 23 runs in the first game in the series, Oregon State did not slow down, adding another 19 in a blow out victory over the San Diego Toreros.
As the game started, it looked like San Diego might be able to mount an effort; The Toreros managed to get 2 on with no outs in the top of the first. Oregon State then pulled off the most impressive defensive play of the night, as Michael Gretler, Nick Madrigal, and Adley Rutschman combined for a 5-4-3 double play, with the last out coming on interference.
The Beavers wasted no time in getting runs up on the board. A walk from Steven Kwan and a single from Cadyn Grenier got runners in place, and then a Nick Madrigal single brought Kwan home for the first run of the night. The next three OSU batters, Adley Rutschman, Trevor Larnach, and Michael Gretler, all drew walks, adding two more runs. A wild pitch then scored one more. A sacrifice grounder from Preston Jones brought in a final run, and the Beavers ended the first up 5-0.
If that was the dam breaking, the second inning was the subsequent flood. Cadyn Grenier drew a walk, and Nick Madrigal hit his second single of the night, to get runners in place. Adley Rutschman brought them home quick, with a shot out to center left.
Boom!— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 16, 2018
8-0 Beavers here in B2. pic.twitter.com/QAxeBdUYpi
Then, Trevor Larnach.
How do you even talk about Larnach at this point? His 17th Home Run, his 63rd RBI. The ball never came close to touching any part of Goss Stadium.
A followup single from Michael Gretler finally got USD to pull their pitcher, only one out into the second. A fielding error then got Tyler Malone on base. Then, Troy Claunch decided it was time for people to shout his name.
A three homer, eight run 2nd, for a 13-0 lead put the game away early. The Beavers would add more runs later in the game, in the fifth an Adley Rutschman singled scored one, and a Michael Gretler home run (the fourth of the game) scored 2. In the sixth, a Steven Kwan single, a passed ball, and an Andy Armstrong single scored three runs. The result of the game was never in doubt, nor was the fact that for the second straight night the mercy rule would come into play. The Beavers were up 13-0 before USD scored a run.
Here’s that Gretler home run, just so we’ve got them all.
San Diego finally found some hitting in the sixth inning, with sloppy pitching putting lots of runners into position. 3 walks, 2 wild pitches, and an error let the Toreros get 4 runs. They added 2 more in the seventh, before the game was called.
The pitching was a bit of an issue tonight, especially in the later innings. Some stellar defensive play kept the Toreros in check. In addition to the triple play in the first, Gretler pulled off a hell of a play here to end the top of the fifth.
Just a no big deal kind of play by Grenier to end the top half of the fifth.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 16, 2018
We still lead 13-0. pic.twitter.com/hVgfBBRfy7
Starting pitcher Christian Chamberlain went 3.1 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, and no runs, with one strikeout. Sam Tweedt then came in, and got credit for the win, pitching 2 innings, in which he allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs, with 1 strikeout. He was followed by Brandon Eisert, who pitched .2 innings, with 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 run, and 2 strikeouts. Dylan Pearce finished the night, giving up 4 hits, no walks, 2 runs, and 2 strikeouts.
A lot of Oregon State batters deserve praise tonight. Adley Rutschman was the star of the show, with 3 hits and 5 RBIs. Nick Madrigal also had a great night, with 3 hits (including a big triple to left center) and an RBI. Trevor Larnach continues to absolutely murder baseballs. The solo homer was his only hit of the night, but he still finished with 2 RBIs.
Michael Gretler also deserves praise for his defensive playmaking ability, and his ability to get runs on the board. Gretler had 2 hits and 2 runs tonight.
The Beavers will next head down to USC for their finally road series of the regular season this weekend. Building the Dam will have a preview up in the next couple days, so be sure to come check it out.