After a run of games where they scored 0, 0, 3 and 2 runs, the Beavers finally got their offense fully in motion today, grabbing a big 10-3 victory in their second game against the Washington State Cougars. The Beavers now sit at 12-4 overall, and 1-1 in conference play.
A Jake Dukart double in the bottom of the second got the Beavers their first base runner. Dukart advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a Ryan Ober ground ball. In the bottom of the third, a Garrett Forrester single scored Preston Jones, giving the Beavers a 2-0 lead. The Beavers weren’t done, though.
Ryan Ober led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, and then was bunted over to second. Kyler McMahan scored Ober with a double, and was then advanced to third by a Preston Jones bunt single. Ethan McDowell singled to score McMahan and advance Jones, and Brady Kasper was then walked to load the bases.
A wild pitch advanced everyone, scoring Jones. Another wild pitch, this time on ball four, walked batter Garret Forrester and scored Micah McDowell. Jake Dukart finished things off with a double, scoring Kasper before Forrester was tagged out at home. A 5 run fourth gave the Beavers a 7-0 lead.
The Beavers added an odd run in the fifth; Ryan Ober was walked, and then advanced to third on two ground outs. WSU pitcher Kolby Kmetko then balked while facing Preston Jones, getting Ober home.
The Cougars finally got a run on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth; a solo home run from Kodie Kolden. The Beavers answered in the bottom of the inning with a two run homer from Garret Forrester. A two run homer from Jacob McKeon in the top of the ninth got Wazzu a couple more runs, but not enough to make things interesting. Beavers win 10-3.
Cooper Hjerpe performed well as the starter, though his day was short. He pitched for 4.0 innings, striking out 8 against 4 walks. He allowed two hits and no runs. Jack Washburn came on in relief after Hjerpe, pitching for 3.0 innings and getting the win, his second of the season. He struck out 3, and allowed no hits, runs or walks.
The rubber match between Washington State and Oregon State will be tomorrow, with first pitch set for 1:05 PM PT. You can watch the game on an Oregon State Live Stream hosted on Pac-12.com.