Its been a busy week for Oregon State Baseball, but the team hasn’t slowed down. Tuesday night, they grabbed a 7-1 road win over the Portland Pilots, their fifth win in a row. The win moves the Beavers to 18-5 this season.
Reid Sebby got his first start as a Beaver, and after a 1-2-3 first inning, ran into some trouble in the second. A single and a wild pitch gave the Pilots a runner in scoring position, and then a ground ball into another single gave them their first run. After another wild pitch, Sebby recovered, and closed the inning with back to back strikeouts.
The Beavers responded in the top of the third. Gavin Logan hit a single to center, and Micah McDowell was hit by a pitch to give the Beavers two runners. Ryan Ober then cleared the bases with a big home run to left field, giving the Beavers a 3-1 lead.
Later, in the top of the fifth, Ober doubled to start the inning. After Jake Dukart was hit by a pitch, a ground out from Joe Casey advanced Ober to third. A single from Andy Armstrong scored Ober, and a wild pitch following that scored Dukart. The Beavers added another run in the sixth off of a throwing error, and then added a final run in the seventh when Jacob Melton hit a solo home run, his first as a Beaver.
That put Oregon State up 7-1, the Pilots struggled to respond. Portland only managed one base runner in the final three innings, securing a dominant win for the Beavers. Brock Townsend got the win after coming in in relief in the fourth inning. Its his first win of the year, giving him a 1-0 record.
The Beavers will have a one day break before their back on the field. On Thursday, they’ll begin a three game home series against the Utah Utes. The Utes are 5-13, and 2-4 in Pac-12 play. First pitch for Game 1 is set for 5:35 PM PT on Thursday, April 1st. The game will be streamed on Pac-12.com.