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Recap: Oregon State Baseball Ties With WSU in Series Finale

The game ended 7-7 in the top of the tenth after lightning strikes in the area.

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It’s not a loss, I guess?

Oregon State made a valiant comeback after starting the game five runs down. But Mother Nature intervened in the ninth and the Beavs won’t get to come back home with a sweep under their belt.

OSU had 12 hits to WSU’s ten in this one while OSU had three costly errors.

In the first inning, WSU put up five runs with the help of two errors by Oregon State.

OSU got one back in the fourth with an RBI double from Trevor Larnach. Larnach followed it up in the sixth with a solo homer over the right field wall. WSU’s dh Blake Clanton also homered in the sixth.

Then in the seventh inning, OSU’s offense came through with five runs including RBI singles from Madrigal, Anderson, Jones, Rutschman, and Grenier.

WSU was able to tie it up in the next frame with an RBI by Justin Harrer.

Neither team was able to score before the end of the ninth inning. Then in the top of the tenth, Troy Claunch walked to open it up. That’s when lightbing strikes were seen in the vicinity and the coaches agreed to call the game.

Grant Gambrell got the start on the mound, but he was pulled after allowing five runs in the first. Kevin Abel followed him up with 5.2 innings of relief, earning 11 strikeouts while allowing two hits and two runs. Jake Mullholland pitched the last 2.2 innings with one hit, a walk, and two strikeouts.

It’s weird. I was just saying to myself earlier today how much this team has improved defensively. But today was not a good example of that with the three errors.

It’s a good thing the offense is still playing like a top five team.

Also, I get we all have to move on with our lives and OSU already won the series and WSU doesn’t even have much to play for at this. So calling the game makes sense. But people, ties suck. They just do.

OSU next has a date with the Ducks in a non-league game on Tuesday night.