The Oregon State Beavers are 11 games through the season already and as most of us expected, it’s been an up and down first few weeks. Mitch Canham’s squad were in San Diego were in California over the weekend for four games against the San Diego State Aztecs and were victors in two out of the four games. Here’s how the weekend shook out.
Thursday - Oregon State 13, SDSU 1
The Aztecs scored their first and only run in the bottom of the first inning. After that, the Beavers bounced back some serious firepower, possibly exercising some frustration from the previous weekend’s trip to Mississippi State. OSU had 17 hits on the day compared to SDSU’s 4. Both teams committed two errors each. Jake Pfennigs earned the winning decision bringing his record to 2-1. Troy Claunch and Andy Armstrong both picked homers in this one with Armstrong contributing five total RBIs.
Friday - Oregon State 4, SDSU 1
It was less of an offensive clinic, but still a good day for the team from Corvallis. OSU outhit SDSU 8-6 with the Aztecs committing two costly errors. This time it was Matthew Gretler leading the way on offense with two RBIs. Christian Chamberlain was the winning pitcher, making him 2-0 to start the season.
Saturday - Oregon State 0, SDSU 6
It probably goes without saying based on the score, but Saturday was OSU’s worst game of the series. The Beavs found themselves down 3-0 at the end of the second inning and it just got worse from there. The Aztecs had nine hits to the Beavs’ four with both teams committing an error a piece. Nathan Burns took the loss after allowing six hits and five earned runs in just over three innings on the mound, making him 0-1 to start the year.
Sunday - Oregon State 11, SDSU 12
The Beavers gave a valiant offensive effort at a comeback, but it fell just short. SDSU led 12-6 heading into the eighth inning, where OSU rattled off five runs to get back within striking distance. The Beavs where then blanked in the ninth inning to clinch the win for SDSU. Jake Mulholland took the loss after giving up six hits and six runs in a relief appearance, making his record 0-2.
The results of the weekend bring the Beavs to 5-6 on the year with the home opener against UC Santa Barbara coming up on Friday. We’ll be back to talk about that as well.