After going down two games in their series against Arizona State, the Beavers finally got a big win Sunday afternoon when an early flurry of hitting gave the team an insurmountable lead. Oregon State scored 11 runs in the first four innings, setting up an 11-4 win and moving the team to 33-17 overall and 15-10 in the Pac-12.
After a quick first, the second inning started with a Troy Claunch home run to center field. After two outs from the next batters, a walk to Greg Fuchs got a runner on. A double from Will Froemke scored Fuchs to get the Beavers another run, and then a home run from Matthew Gretler scored two more. Finally, after an Andy Armstrong double, Armstrong scored on a fielding error, giving the Beavers a 5-0 lead after the top of the second.
ASU got a run in the bottom of the second, but the Beavs piled on more runs in the top of the third. A Troy Claunch double got things started, and then a Justin Boyd single got Claunch home. That set up a two run home run from Will Froemke to put the Beavers up 8-1.
The runs didn’t stop coming in the fourth. After Andy Armstrong was hit by a pitch, Ryan Ober hit the Beavers fourth home run of the day to add another two runs to the scoreboard for Oregon State. Then Garret Forrester reached first on a throwing error, reached second on a Claunch single, and reached third on a wild pitch. A Justin Boyd bunt single then got Forrester to home plate, putting the Beavers up 11-1.
Ober goes oppo for our fourth home run of the day. pic.twitter.com/x0hPlPeKyg— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 16, 2021
The Sun Devils then began inching back into the game, getting two runs in the bottom of the fourth and a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth. That put the game at an 11-4 Beaver lead, and that’s what it would remain to give the Beavers the win.
Next week, Oregon State will make a midweek trip to Portland to face the Portland Pilots for the third time this season. The Beavers have won the previous two meetings. Following that, the Beavers return home for a series against the Arizona Wildcats, set for Friday through Sunday. The game against Portland will be carried by the WCC Network, while the Pac-12 Networks will be handling the series against Arizona.