It was just about a week ago when we were talking about how well Bryce Fehmel pitched against Stanford to get the W for Oregon State. Well, fast-forward one week, and it’s the same story against the USC Trojans. To give you just a glimpse of Bryce Fehmel’s day, check out the graphic below.
Bryce Fehmel was the star of today’s match against USC. In the game 2 contest, Fehmel managed to go 8 innings and allow only 5 hits and 1 run. While he wasn’t the strikeout machine Luke Heimlich was yesterday, Fehmel was efficient with his pitches and kept USC batters off balance throughout the entire day. This style of pitching is right up Fehmel’s wheelhouse which ultimately gave the Beavers offense all the help they could ask for today.
It just happens to turn out, however, that the Beavers offense was able to manage on its own just fine. The Beavers managed to total 8 runs on the day, with contributions mainly from their 2-6 hitters. The game managed to remain fairly close until the 6th inning, where Nick Madrigal laced a bases-loaded triple to drive in 3 runs and bust the game wide open.
Other contributors to the final score included Adley Rutschman, Trevor Larnach, and Michael Gretler. The game was finally put away in the 8th when Cadyn Grenier laced a single up the middle to drive in Kyle Nobach and put the Beavs up 8-1. Shortly thereafter, Brandon Eisert slammed the door shut on the Trojans, securing the win and the series for the Beavers. Several innings prior to that RBI single, Grenier extended his hitting streak to 27 with a bunt single in the 1st inning.
Here we are. Another game and another complete win for the Beavers. This victory secures the series win against USC. Fun fact: this is the first time in history that Oregon State was able to secure the series within the first 2 games at USC! It’s important to watch the national baseball rankings this upcoming week, as a possible leap to first place may be coming for the Beavs with Mississippi State sweeping Florida this weekend. Though we still sit 1 1⁄2 games behind Stanford in the Pac-12 Conference race, #1 in the nation wouldn’t be a terrible consolation prize.
Stay tuned as Oregon State looks to sweep USC tomorrow in the series finale at 12:00 PM PT.