While it didn’t count toward their Pac-12 record, Oregon State notched their eighth straight win over the Oregon Ducks on Tuesday. The Beavs won the game 4-3 with six hits to Oregon’s three and committed the only error of the game.
All of the Ducks’ scoring came in the bottom of the first from a three-run homer by Kenyon Yovan.
Oregon State got some of those runs back relatively quickly though with a Trevor Larnach solo homer and a Troy Claunch bases-loaded walk in the top of the second. Claunch followed it up with an RBI double in the top of the fourth just before OSU took the lead with a sacrifice groundout by Steven Kwan.
Claunch had a pretty great defensive day behind the plate as well, as Adley Rutschman played first in this one. OSU’s pitching and the defense held fast after taking the lead to secure the win at PK Park.
Justin Britton pitched the first inning for Oregon State but was quickly pulled after conceding the homer to Yovan. The Beavs quickly made the switch to Kevin Abel who turned in arguably his best game of the season. Abel pitched 6.1 innings allowing one hit and two walks with four strikeouts. Abel earned the winning decision, giving him a 3-0 record for the year.
Jake Mulholland closed out the final 1.2 innings to earn his 13th save of the year.
With the victory, the Beavers are now 33-7 as they jump back into Pac-12 play. Their next series takes them to Pullman to face Washington State on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Still in third in the Pac-12 race, OSU needs to keep winning and get some help from Stanford and UCLA’s opponents if they want to have any hope of winning the league.