A walk off single in the bottom of the ninth finished Oregon State’s sweep of BYU on Saturday afternoon. Despite a few challenges in each game, the Beavers took care of business against the Cougars, going 3-0 for the series. The win, OSU’s tenth in a row, moves the Beavers to 10-1 on the season.
Jake Pfennigs got his third start of the year, and ran into a bit of trouble early. In the top of the second BYU’s Cole Gambill reached base on a single, and then stole second. That gave the Cougars a runner in scoring position with no outs on the board. Pfennigs managed to work 2 outs in short order, but then advanced Gambill to third with a balk. Things looked tense, but Pfennigs managed to strike out batter Peyton Cole to end the inning.
Pfennigs got into trouble again in the third. This time, the Cougars’ Mitch McIntyre reached base with a single, and then stole second. Pfennigs gave up a walk and a single that loaded the bases with only one out. Once again, Pfennigs managed to work himself out of a jam, with a strikeout and a pop out ending the inning.
BYU finally got on the scoreboard when a Peyton Cole double scored a run. That ended Pfennigs day, and gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead. The Beavers answered in the bottom of the fifth, with Kyle Froemke doubling into left to score Jake Dukart. The Beavers grabbed the lead a few batters later when a Jacob Melton single scored Froemke, putting OSU up 2-1.
BYU snatched the lead back in the top of the seventh with a two run homer from Joshua Cowden. The lead wouldn’t last long, with Jacob Melton hitting a sac fly in the bottom of the inning to score Kyle Froemke, tying the game 3-3.
The game stayed knotted until the bottom of the ninth, when Jacob Melton again stepped to the plate, and hit another single to left field that scored Froemke, giving the Beavers a 4-3 win. Froemke andd Melton were the heroes of the day, with Froemke reaching base 3 times (one hit and two walks) and Melton bringing him home all three times.
Jake Mulholland got his first win of the season, coming in to close out the game in the ninth. He pitched for 1.0 inning, with 2 strikeouts, no hits and no walks. Starter Jake Pfennigs pitched for 3.1 innings, and allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run, against 6 strikeouts.
Next weekend the Beavers will stay in Corvallis, when they’ll start this season’s edition of the Oregon-OSU rivalry. Games will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with start times set for 5:35, 1:35 and 1:35 PM PT, respectively. Oregon State will again be streaming the games on pac-12.com.