It was a long night for the Beaver baseball team on Tuesday...nearly four and a half hours. The patience paid off, however, as the guys in orange and black defeated the Oregon Ducks by score of 7-6. The victory was OSU’s tenth straight against the Ducks. OSU achieved this despite being outhit by Oregon 10-5 and committing two errors to UO’s one.
OSU started the day off with a two-RBI single by Beau Phillip in the bottom of the first. In the top of the second inning, Oregon got on the board thanks to Cameron Campbell scoring on a wild pitch and an RBI double Sam Novitske. Oregon then had a brief lead in the third inning when Gabe Matthews scored on another wild pitch and Max Foxcroft dialed up an RBI single.
The Beavs had their best offensive inning in the bottom of the third when they scored four runs. That included RBIs from Adley Rutschman, Tyler Malone, and George Mendazona along with Beau Phillip scoring on a wild pitch. Rutschman would pick up a second RBI in the following inning with a sac fly. Oregon would get one back in the fifth thanks to a sac fly from Foxcroft.
Oregon once again threatened in the ninth with an RBI single from Vinny Tosti before OSU closer Jake Mulholland would pull out his third save of the season.
In terms of pitching, it was not OSU’s best collective night. Nathan Burns got his first start of the year, but lasted just over an inning. Christian Chamberlain ultimately got the winning decision to move to 2-0 on the season.
OSU moves to 13-1-1 on the year with the victory. Next up, the Beavs head to Los Angeles for a three-game series against another top five team in UCLA. That begins Friday at 6 PM PT.
Hopefully, we see the return of Kevin Abel on the mound and more offensive surging from Beau Phillip.
Pat Bailey said Kevin Abel remains day-to-day. Starting to think we might not see him this weekend at UCLA— Bob Lundeberg (@The_Real_Bob) March 13, 2019