The finale of this weekend’s OSU-UW baseball series was a roller coaster ride, but the Beavs came out on top thanks to some late game heroics on both sides of the ball. OSU took down the Huskies 4-3 in eleven innings on Sunday evening. The Beavers six hits to Washington’s eight with OSU committing two errors.
Double play and the BEAVERS WIN 4-3 to sweep the Huskies for the first time since 2005. pic.twitter.com/y4fYlqm5Jj— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) April 1, 2019
Washington scored first with an RBI single from Nick Kahle in the bottom of the first. Ryan Ober would score from third on a wild pitch in the next frame. OSU added to the lead in the top of the fifth with a two-RBI triple off of the bat of Beau Phillip.
It began to look like the Beavers had the game in the bag, but Kahle launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. Neither side scored in the ninth, sending us to extras.
It looked grim for the guys in orange as the Huskies loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the tenth. Jake Mulholland and the defense worked some magic, however, and the Beavers got out unscathed.
In the top of the eleventh, George Mendazona launched his first career homer right over the center-field wall to put the Beavs ahead 4-3. The defense would hold and the Beavs got on the bus winners.
What a time for your first career home run George Mendazona! #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/Ec58dWf9ND— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) April 1, 2019
Grant Gambrell’s start on the mound was decent enough, allowing four hits and a run with one walk and five strikeouts in five innings. Aside from Kahle’s eighth inning homer, Dylan Pearce also pitched well for three innings in relief with just the one hit plus four walks and five strikeouts. Jake Mullholland, on the other hand, had ice in his veins closing this one out. He was awarded the win for his performance, making him 1-0 on the season.
Some much needed league-wins against a very good team complete with some gutsy pitching performances and a revitalized offense...I’d call that a productive little trip to Seattle.
The Beavers don’t have too much time to celebrate, however, with two games against San Diego State at Goss this week on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Right after that, it’s a three game series against an always tricky Utah club. It’s looking to be a fun seven days in Corvallis.