In front of 3,908 fans (a new single-game record for Goss Stadium), the Oregon State baseball team defeated the Northwestern State Demons 9-3 in their first game of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. OSU outhit the Demons 9-6 while both teams committed an error.
For the first several innings, it was a stalemate at Goss. Then in the third, Nick Madrigal opened the scoring with a soft dribbler that snuck between the shortstop and third baseman. That gave Jack Anderson and Steven Kwan enough time to score.
Kyle Nobach added to the lead with a two-run blast over the wall in left-center in the fourth.
The Demons got some offense going in T5 that started with a Lenni Kunert solo homer.
Oregon State’s offense kept going in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by Jack Anderson. Shortly after that, Cadyn Grenier got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the very next at-bat, Madrigal picked up his third and fourth RBIs of the day with a double that scored Kwan and Zak Taylor.
Kunnert again cut the deficit for the Demons by a run with an RBI to left in the seventh. Sam Taylor then earned NWSU’s third run with a solo home run in the eighth.
The Beavs added one last insurance run in the eighth with a Zak Taylor homer.
Bryce Fehmel had a pretty decent start on the mound, despite the two homers. The Agoura Hills, California native went 7.2 innings tonight with nine strikeouts, a walk, and six hits allowed on top of the three runs. Dylan Pearce closed it out for the Beavs pitching the final 1.1 innings.
The offense played great, the fielding wasn’t too shabby minus the error, and most of the bullpen will be completely fresh for tomorrow. That’s a pretty good day for this team.
Oregon State now has the pleasure of another rematch with LSU at 7 PM PT on Saturday. It will be slobber knocker folks.
Come on back tomorrow. Also, let us know where this lady is because we want to split a case of Rainier with her.