The Beavers bounced back from a Friday loss and a rained out Saturday to take the second and final game against the number three ranked Stanford Cardinal. Even though we would have liked to have seen these two baseball juggernauts finish their three-game series, it was still a solid weekend against an elite opponent. This win should get Beaver fans excited as the postseason is right around the corner.
Oregon State started off the scoring quickly as they loaded up the bases in the top of the first. While in this situation, Jake Harvey and Adley Rutschman were able to score thanks to a wild pitch from Stanford. The next run would come two innings later in the third when the Beavers once again loaded the bases and Preston Jones took a hit-by-pitch to get a run in to push the score to 3-0. In the fifth inning, Zak Taylor would emerge and smack a solo home run. That same half inning, Alex McGarry would single in Andy Armstrong to give Oregon State a 5-0 lead after five innings of play. Stanford would attempt to rally late with a run in the sixth followed by another run in the eighth, but it wouldn’t be enough. Jake Mulholland would come on in the ninth inning to shut the door on the Cardinal and preserve the 5-2 victory.
Oregon State was fortunate to receive a massive boost from Grant Gambrell’s efforts as the starting pitcher. Gambrell turned in a solid line with five hits and no runs allowed in five innings of work. Gambrell and the bullpen both combined to limit a dangerous Stanford team to just two runs on the day, so it was an all-around successful pitching day for Oregon State.
As for the offense, the Beavers combined for 13 hits on the day to go with their five runs. While that total is a solid line, Oregon State struggled once again with leaving runners on base. They left 15 total runners on the bags, including several situations that had the Beavers with bases loaded and one or fewer outs. It’s nice to know Oregon State can still win against elite competition, but driving in some of the stranded runners will pay off in dividends in postseason play.
The Beavers will now return to Corvallis for the final series of the season. They will look to finish their season strong and conclude the regular season against the USC Trojans.