The Beavers took care of business on Saturday in both games against the Arizona Wildcats. After taking game one, the Beavs had to wait an extra day to complete game two due to a weather delay. The extra day did little to slow down OSU, as they outscored Arizona 24-6 between both games today to convincingly take down the Wildcats.
Game 1 got off to quick start with Arizona taking a 1-0 lead in the first. That lead was short-lived as the Beavs hung up six runs in the bottom of the third and never looked back. After taking that third inning, Oregon State would go on to score at least one run in the next four out of five innings that they hit in. When it was all said and done, the Beavs took down the Wildcats 15-3 in a high scoring victory. As a team, the Beavs racked up 13 hits to go with their 15 runs. Joe Casey, Jake Dukart and Kyler McMahan were some of the biggest contributors on offense, as Casey notched three hits while Dukart and McMahan each notched two hits.
Arguably the most important contribution of the game came from starting pitcher Bryce Fehmel. Fehm pitched seven full innings and allowed just one run on three hits to go with seven punch-outs. Fehmel continues to serve as an anchor for this starting rotation, and tonight was no different. This outing from #26 gave OSU a boost that helped propel them to clinching a series win against the Wildcats.
Pfennigs on in relief here in the 8th. That's the day for Fehmel who is in line for his 32nd career win. pic.twitter.com/Av8VAUpFrG— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) April 21, 2019
This game initially provided far more tension than game one. Arizona again took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but OSU quickly responded with a 3 run bottom half of the first to take the lead. The Beavs would tack on another run in the second to quickly give Oregon State a quick 4-1 lead after two innings. The teams swapped several runs over the next few innings until the Beavs and Wildcats found themselves in a 5-3 game heading into the sixth.
The sixth inning would become a pivotal point of the game, as Arizona loaded the bases with no outs and looked primed to tie the game, and possibly take the lead. The Beavs went to the bullpen and elected Jake Mulholland to get the Beavs out of trouble. Mulholland delivered, as he retired the next three batters and gave up zero runs. This rally gave a huge boost to OSU, as the offense immediately responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, and eventually one more run in the seventh to bring us to the final score of 9-3.
The offense rallied for 13 hits in game two, with four of the starting nine players notching several hits. Grant Gambrell provided a solid start for the Beavs, and the bullpen came on strong for Oregon State to help keep a potent Wildcats offense in check. Being able to work out of the difficult sixth inning was probably the bright spot of this series and will serve as a highlight on the whole season.
The 159th RBI of Rutschman's career comes on a ...— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) April 21, 2019
9-3 Beavers in B7. pic.twitter.com/niggbdRccO
Next up, the Beavers travel to Reno for a two game Monday-Tuesday series with the UNR Wolfpack before returning home for a three game series against the Washington State Cougars.
We at Building the Dam would also like to wish all of you a happy and joyful Easter. Have a great rest of your weekend, Beaver Nation!