It was a great start to the season for Oregon State, but the winning streak came to an end at ten games with West Virginia winning sunday’s game 2-0. The Mouintaineers outhit the Beavs 5-3 in that game with neither side committing an error.
Final.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) March 3, 2019
West Virginia takes the series finale 2-0. But the series is ours after taking the first two.#GoBeavs
A productive second inning for the Mountaineers saw them get a 2-0 lead, which they maintained for the reaminder of the game. Those runs came when first baseman Kevin Brophy and left fielder Paul McIntosh launched homers off of Sam Tweedt.
The Beavers threatened to score several times in the later innings, but were unable to convert. Hitting into double plays became a bad habit for OSU in this game with WVU turning two on five occasions. OSU turned two double plays of their own, however, including this particularly nice one in the top of the ninth.
Now, it's our chance to turn a double play. A highlight reel one.#GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/VZj58YCGs7— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) March 3, 2019
Overall, OSU just didn’t have enough offensive finish on the day stranding six runners on base throughout the game.
Sam Tweedt started on the mound for Oregon State pitching 5.1 innings. He gave up four hits and two earned runs with a walk and five strikeouts. He was “awarded” the loss, dropping him to 1-1 on the season. Brandon Eisert pitched 2 innings in relief with five strikeouts of his own, one walk, and one hit. Mitchell Verburg and Jake Mulholland also made brief relief appearances with Verburg registering one walk.
West Virginia starting pitcher Kade Strowd earned his first win of the season with a six inning, one hit day.
Overall, Sunday was an uncharacteristic day for what has been a consistently strong offensive start for the Beavers. Hats off to West Virginia’s defense as well, as turning five double plays in one game is not an easy task.
Oregon State’s next set of games will see them take the show on the road once again. They next face Minnesota in the Seattle Baseball showcase on Friday at T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), the home of the Seattle Mariners. Tickets for that game can be purchased here.