In the most anticipated match-up of the Seattle Showcase the Beavers and Coastal Carolina battled to an unsatisfying tie, 4-4. Oregon State couldn’t get over the edge to defeat Coastal Carolina despite outhitting them (11-to-6). CCU is definitely the most complete team the Beavers have faced this season.
Sam Tweedt got the start and pitched well for the most part. Kevin Abel did not pitch in Seattle this weekend for precautionary reasons, which is worrisome. Oregon State got the scoring started in the top of the 1st inning, when Beau Philip scored Alex McGarry with a single up the middle.
Beau Philip continued his hot start adding two more runs on the scoreboard with this double down the left field line.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst in the 5th inning. Coastal Carolina got a run off Sam Tweedt and an error loading the bases with no outs. Brandon Eisert came on in relief and got the first two outs, but gave up a two-out, three-run double (all unearned thanks to the error on the bunt). The Beavers found themselves in unfamiliar territory down 4-3 headed to the 6th inning.
The Beavers had their chances to regain the lead in the bottom of the 6th inning, Preston Jones was thrown out at home trying to score from first on a Ryan Ober double.
Later in the 8th inning, Adley Rutschman singled to lead the inning off and moved to second thanks to a Beau Philip bunt. Tyler Malone and Preston Jones couldn’t drive in Rutchsman though as they both struck-out ending the inning.
In the 9th inning, Ryan Ober drew a seven pitch walk to get on base. Kyler McMahan was entered into the game to pinch-run for Ober and got to 2nd and then 3rd base on a pair of CCU wild-pitches. Troy Claunch drove him home with a single to tie the game up 4-4.
YES TROY CLAUNCH YES! pic.twitter.com/ZLbEsFgART— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) March 11, 2019
A double play ended the top of the 9th inning. The game went to extra innings with neither team truly threatening to add another run.
Mitchell Verburg was fantastic in relief to keep the score tied. Jake Mulholland ran into some trouble in the 11th inning with the bases loaded, but got the strikeout to end the game. The Beavers had plenty of chances leaving eight runners stranded in the game. Overall it was a successful Seattle Showcase for Oregon State.