For four innings, it was a pretty close game on Friday night. But in the fifth inning, the Oregon State offense turned on the jets to leave WSU in the dust on the way to a 17-3 win.
OSU racked up 20 hits to WSU’s five with the Cougs committing the only error of the night.
This one is all Oregon State.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 5, 2018
BEAVERS WIN 17-3 to take the opener in Pullman.#GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/UokiR2SmZO
Both squads got two runs apiece in the second inning, essentially starting the game over.
Then in the fifth, OSU got three runs from Kyle Nobach getting home on a wild pitch followed by a two-RBI single by Nick Madrigal. Nobach continued his good day with a two-RBI homer in the top of the sixth.
Boom.#GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/CcZKO8NtQR— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 5, 2018
OSU followed that up with an avalanche of seven runs in the seventh inning including two-RBI doubles by Adley Rutschman and Michael Gretler. Rutschman would finish the day 3-5 at the plate with 4 RBIs and two runs.
Taylor just missed a home run, gets a double and the lead is 13-2.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 5, 2018
And then 14-2 as Kwan singles in Taylor.
7-run frame, tied for the most this season. pic.twitter.com/anNsOOXczx
OSU picked up two more in the top of the eighth and one in the top of the ninth to bring their run total to 17. Washington State would get one run back on a Robert Teel homerun, but one run obviously isn’t 15.
Starting pitcher Luke Heimlich picked up his 11th win of the season after going seven innings with 11 strikeouts. That was his fourth consecutive game with double-digit strikeouts. He allowed three hits and two runs in that time.
Christian Chamberlain pitched one inning of relief with a hit and two strikeouts. Dakota Donovan pitched the ninth inning, earning one strikeout while also allowing a walk and a home run.
The series continues Saturday evening at five as OSU looks to clinch it. Can the Beavs outdo a 20 hit, 17 runs game? Probably not, but it should still be fun to watch.