For the third game in a row, Oregon State and UC Irvine fought down the wire. For the second time this weekend, a game in the series went to extra innings. Unfortunately for the Beavers, this time it was the Anteaters who came back to take a win in extra baseball, beating OSU 7-6 in 12 innings. The loss gives UCI a 2-1 series win, and drops the Beavers to 26-12 this season.
Today it was the Beavers turn to start hot. Wade Meckler walked to start the game, and then Ryan Ober singled to get OSU two baserunners. A Jake Dukart sac bunt got both runners in scoring position, and then back to back singles from Garret Forrester and Joe Casey brought them home. An Andy Armstrong single then scored Forrester and Casey, putting the Beavers up 4-0 after one.
Joe Casey added another run with a solo homer at the top of the third inning. The Anteaters finally got some offense going in the bottom of the third, when a throwing error from catcher Gavin Logan on a strikeout gave them their first baserunner. A single, then a triple scored two for UC Irvine. A wild pitch from starter Jake Pfennigs gave UCI one more run, and ended Pfennigs day on the mound. The third ended with the Beavers still up, 5-3.
UCI tied things up in the bottom of the fourth. The game was knotted up until the top of the seventh, when a Kyle Froemke solo home run gave the Beavers the lead back. It didn’t last long, as UCI answered in the bottom of the seventh with a solo homer from Mike Peabody. Neither team got anything going in the next two innings, sending us to extra innings.
Neither team managed much in the 10th or 11th inning. Oregon State went three up three down in the top of the 12th, before the Anteaters finally broke the stalemate with a double and a single to score the game winning run.
Next week, the Beavers have a long trip to southern California scheduled. First up, they’ll have a midweek series against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, that weekend, they’ll take on UCLA in a three game series starting Friday. The Pac-12 Networks will be carrying all of those games.