It wasn’t the ideal ending to the season for the Beavs as UCLA took the series finale on Saturday afternoon by a score of 4-1. OSU outhit the Bruins though 8-7 and UCLA committed the only error of the day.
Final from Goss: UCLA 4, Oregon State 1.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 27, 2018
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Fortunately for OSU, they had already clinched the series and, by all accounts, priveleges of hosting a regional as postseason play begins this week.
In this game, UCLA wasted no time with a two RBI single by Ryan Kreidler in the top of the first. Kevin Kendall followed it up with an RBI single of his own in the top of the second.
Zak Taylor got one back for the Beavs by scoring from third on a wild pitch in the fifth.
UCLA left fielder Jeremy Ydens, however, extended the Bruins’ lead in the eighth with a solo homer.
The Beavs weren’t able to get anything going in the last two innings and dropped their final regular season game of 2018.
In an unexpected move, Nathan Burns got the start on the mound. Burns only pitched 0.2 innings giving up two hits with two runs. Burns struck out a batter, walked two, and hit one.
Brandon Eisert came on in relief after that for 1.1 innings giving up three more hits plus another run. Sam Tweedt then pitched three innings with a walk and a strike. After that, it was Jake Mulholland’s turn to go 2.1 innings, in which he had a hit, a walk, and three strikeouts. Kevin Abel pitched the final 1.2 innings with 1 hit and three strikeouts.
OSU’s trademark offense was lacking in this game as they left nine runners on base. At this point in the season, we expect some pitching issues on Sundays, regardless of who gets the start. The offense, however, was surprising and led to the Beavs being unable to capitalize on runners getting on base.
With the loss, OSU ends the season 44-10-1. Burns was awarded the loss, making his record 1-1 on the year.
Like I said though, this loss doesn’t affect much, really. It wont bump them far enough down (if at all) that they wont be hosting a regional in a few days.
OSU and the rest of the NCAA will find out their postseason fate on Monday morning as the selection show gets going at 9 AM PT on ESPNU. We’ll obviously be talking about it A LOT, so keep coming back to BTD daily for your fix of postseason baseball content.