The Beavers advanced to an 11-1 start to the season off of today’s victory against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Today marked the second time Oregon State saw Minnesota this season, and the second time the Beavs secured a win against a tough Gopher squad that has had a rough start. Here’s how it all went down...
In a game between two solid squads, it was the pitching that dominated this game. Minnesota struck first and took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the game. But after a few innings of work, Oregon State responded with a two-run home run by Adley Rutschman to take the lead at 2-1. That score would eventually go on to be the final score thanks to quality pitching and excellent defense from both teams.
Grant Gambrell started his first game of the season, and performed quite well. Gambrell allowed one run off three hits while striking out six batters in just four and two-thirds innings pitched. During the fifth inning, Bailey decided to pull Gambrell in favor of Christian Chamberlain. Chamberlain would go on to stay in the rest of the game and shut down the Gophers offense. Limiting an underrated Minnesota team to just one run is a major win that helped keep Oregon State’s offense in the game.
In a day in which neither team could get much going, it probably shouldn’t surprise us that Adley Clutschman was the hero once again for Oregon State. Adley is quickly becoming one of the most dominant players in college baseball in the early-goings of this season, and the Beavs are fortunate to have him on the team. Tune in tomorrow to see what Adley and the Beavs will do against a very good Indiana Hoosiers team. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM PT.