Game two against the Oregon Ducks provided more offense for fans than was seen in the opening game of this series. The Beavs flashed a little bit of everything; from pitching to hitting and even on defense. This game, and even series to this point, should have helped given Oregon State fans confidence heading into the final game. Here’s how it all went down...
Scoring got started off quickly and was relentless throughout the entire game. The Beavers put up three runs in the first inning thanks to productive hits from Ryan Ober, Adley Rutschman, Tyler Malone and Alex McGarry. However, Oregon quickly responded with a run of their own to make the score 3-1 in favor of Oregon State after the first inning. Malone would strike again with an RBI single in the second, while Kyler McMahan delivered his own RBI single to push the Beavs run total to five.
The Ducks weren’t done, yet, as they would deliver a run of their own in the bottom of the third. Oregon State and Oregon each would strike for two runs in fifth, giving us a score of 7-4 after five innings. At this point, Pat Bailey pulled Dylan Pearce and deferred to the bullpen to carry the Beavs the rest of the way. And this largely worked, as Oregon was limited to just one run after Jake Pfennings came on in relief. Oregon State would also add another run, and Jake Mulholland would eventually slam the door on the Ducks to give us our final score of 8-5.
As a team, the Beavers compiled 12 hits to go with their eight runs. It’s nice to see the offense finally get rolling, but it does come with a downside. Oregon State stranded 14 runners on base over the course of the game, so this game could have been a lot worse for the Ducks. Finding a way to get those runners in for future games has to be a priority for Bailey and staff.
Some of the standout players include Tyler Malone and Beau Phillip. Malone recorded two hits and drove in three of the Beavers runs in today’s game. As for Phillip, he notched three hits, having himself a day at the plate. In addition, Beau accounted for one of the runs driven in at this game.
A Twitter link below features a video that highlights the major points of the game:
Oregon State has been steadily improving as this series has progressed. It has been pleasant to see the Beavers respond after a bad sweep to Oklahoma State. The Beavs will need to continue to keep things rolling as they have a chance to sweep their rivals tomorrow. Not to mention, having some confidence will be essential with a series against the Stanford Cardinal looming on the horizon.
The Beavers will go for the sweep over Oregon in tomorrow’s game. First pitch will be at 12:00 PM PT on Mother’s day.