Oregon State baseball had the look of a team getting back on track in the first two games against their in-state rivals, but they couldn’t complete the sweep Sunday afternoon. Oregon took the third game of the series, 3-2. Reliever, Ryne Nelson, had a huge game for the Ducks on the mound, allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings of work despite giving up 8 hits.
Christian Chamberlain got the start for the Beavers, but took the loss while giving up 3 runs in just 2 innings of work. Joey Mundt and Jake Mulholland were terrific in relief, but Oregon State’s offense did not give them a lot of support. The Beavers starting pitching has suffered this season with the absence of Kevin Abel. Brandon Eisert and Grant Gambrell were both given the weekend off (hopefully strictly precautionary).
The defining moment of the game came in the 8th inning. Zack Zalesky worked a pinch-hit walk to load the bases with two outs, which brought Adley Rutschman to the plate. Nelson struck out Rutschman to end the inning. Overall it was a tough game for Oregon State to lose, as they out-hit the Ducks (12-to-8). The Beavers left 15 runners on-base, failing to get the big hits on when they needed too.
Oregon State will take on the Portland Pilots for a dreaded mid-week game this Tuesday and then will head on the road for a crucial away series against Stanford.