Just about every piece of the Beavers let them down today as they lost a miserable 8-0 game to USC. The lose is especially disappointing as Oregon State was hoping to make a case for the #1 overall seed as the season winds down, and losses like this do not look good on a championship resume.
For the first four innings, Kevin Abel was pitching a great game, allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks. Unfortunately, in the fifth things began to break down. Two hits and an error by Abel filled the bases, and the Trojans were quick to convert. 2 singles brought in three runs, and Abel’s day was done. Brandon Eisert came in, but only lasted two batters, for a walk and a pop out. Dylan Pearce came in to get the final out of the inning. At this point, USC had a 3-0 lead.
Things did not go better in the sixth. A hit by pitch, a double, and a sac fly scored one more and ended Pearce’s day, and the next pitcher up, Nathan Burns, gave up a 2 run homer. Burns finished the inning, but at this point, the rout was on. USC added another 2 run homer in the eighth, for an 8-0 final score.
Throughout all of this, the hitting from OSU was anemic. An amazing performance from USC pitcher Solomon Bates was the primary cause, with 8 strikeouts and only 4 hits allowed. Adley Rutschman did the most damage for the Beavers, with a pair of hits, including a double. Steven Kwan, Michael Gretler, and Joe Casey had one hit a piece. Everyone else got bupkus, ending a lot of streaks, including Cadyn Greneir’s at 27 games.
The Beavers last series of the regular season starts next Thursday, and it’s a big one. #18 UCLA is coming to town, and another series win over a nationally ranked team will do a lot for the Beavers. Game one gets started on Thursday at 4:00 PM PT. Building the Dam will have a preview of that series, and coverage of any other baseball news, so be sure to check back.