The good news for the Beavers is that they only have one midweek game left this year. The bad news is that the Beavers lost yet another, this time a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. This loss puts the Beavs at 2-6 in midweek games this year, despite having won 16 of their last 17 Pac-12 contests. It’s a bizarre split for a team as talented as Oregon State is. This pretty much sums up how it feels to be a Beaver fan right now:
The game got off to an amazing start for starting pitcher Dylan Pearce, as he retired the first nine batters of the ballgame in just 23 pitches. From there things went awry as he gave up a walk, single, and a homer to put the Zags up by 3. Adley Rutschman would answer back with another mammoth home run to make it a 3-1 game going into the fifth inning.
After a quiet fifth inning for both teams, Gonzaga would plate two more runs in the sixth on some sloppy play from the Beavers. A passed ball allowed the runner from third to score, and the throw to the plate was off target, allowing the runner from second to score to make it a 5-1 game.
Oregon State would threaten consistently in the late innings. They came maddeningly close to breaking through in the sixth, when Ryan Ober hit what looked like a two run rouble down the left line that would have scored Joe Casey and Adley Rutschmann to make it a 5-3 game. Instead, the umpire called the ball foul and the Beavers would leave the inning without a run.
After a few more innings of base runners but no runs and a controversial balk call on Christian Chamberlain to score a sixth run for the Bulldogs, the Beavers came up in the ninth trailing 6-1. They managed to put together a rally, highlighted by Zack Zalesky’s pinch hit two out two run double to bring the game to 6-3.
After an Alex McGarry infield single and an Adley Rutschman walk, Greg Fuchs pinch hit for Ryan Ober with the bases loaded. It’s hard to know all of the factors that went into the decision to pinch hit for Ober (especially because he’s dealing with a finger injury), but on it’s face it was a strange decision. Pat Bailey pulled the Beavers clean-up hitter who is hitting .330 on the year and who has a grand slam for a freshman who is hitting .172. Fuchs would strike out to end the ballgame.
The Beavers are back in action at Goss this weekend to take on a very good Oklahoma State squad in what should be a fun non-conference series. Here’s hoping the recent trend of losing midweeks and sweeping weekend series continues.