Oregon State grabbed their ninth win in a row, and a series clinching victory, with a 5-3 win over the BYU Cougars Friday evening. The win moves the Beavers up to 9-1 this season.
Oregon State grabbed a lead in the bottom of the first, when a Troy Claunch grounder scored Preston Jones. BYU responded in the top of the second, when a wild pitch allowed Jacob Rogers to reach home, giving the Cougars their first run of the series.
The Beavers grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the second when a Preston Jones fly scored Matthew Gretler. BYU tied it up once more with a Joshua Cowden single that scored Abraham Valdez, knotting the game at 2-2.
Joshua Cowden would give BYU the lead a couple innings later, when he hit another single that scored one run, this time Andrew Pintar. With Oregon State now down 3-2, they’d need another comeback. They wouldn’t have to wait long.
Matthew Gretler walked to get the Beavers their first baserunner of the inning. An Andy Armstrong single advanced him into scoring position. Jacob Melton then loaded the bases with another single. The Beavers had two outs, but were very close to getting things at least tied up. Preston Jones then drove a single to center field, scoring Armstrong and Gretler, and giving the Beavers a 4-3 lead.
Ryan Ober added an insurance right after that, and that would be it for scoring in the game. Joey Mundt came on in relief in the fifth inning and was credited with the win. He pitched for 1.1 innings and allowed no hits or walks, while striking out 4.
Cooper Hjerpe had something of a rough start, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs. He struck out five and walked two, for an ERA of 2.18. Nathan Burns was credited with his first save of the season, pitching the final 1.2 innings where he struck out 3 and walked one, allowing no hits.
The Beavers will go for the sweep tomorrow, with first pitch set for 1:05 PM PT. Jake Pfennigs should be getting the start for OSU. Oregon State will be producing a live stream that you can find on pac-12.com.