It was another nail biter in Los Angeles for Oregon State baseball, but Sunday afternoon the Beavers emerged victorious, taking down UCLA 5-3 to salvage one win from their series against the Bruins. Oregon State improves to 29-14 overall and 11-7 in conference play.
Two quick outs started the first for the Beavers, but then things got interesting. A fielding error allowed Andy Armstrong to reach first, and then a Garret Forrester single got him to second. After that, the Beavers were off to the races. A Joe Casey single scored Armstrong. A Greg Fuchs single scored Forrester. Finally, a Troy Claunch single scored Casey, to give the Beavs a 3-0 lead in the first.
UCLA responded swiftly, with a 2 run homer from JT Schwartz in the bottom of the first cutting the lead to one. The Beavers got a run back in the bop of the third with a Greg Fuchs solo home run, Fuchs first of the season. UCLA answered with another solo homer in the bottom of the fifth, from Kyle Karros, to make it a one run game again.
The Beavers worked another run in the top of the eighth, when a 2 out single from Greg Fuchs turned into a double with a fielding error. A Troy Claunch single scored pinch runner Justin Boyd, and set up a 5-3 ninth inning for Oregon State.
Things looked dangerous for the Beavers right away. After reliever Will Frisch walked the first batter, he was pulled for Jake Mulholland. The Beavers then grabbed two quick outs with a line out and a fielder’s choice, but then a big double from Kyle Karros put two runners in scoring position and the winning run at the plate. With the game again coming right down to the wire, luck broke the Beavers way, with the game ending in a Noah Cardenas fly out.
Mulholland picked up his 11th save of the season in relief, and starter Jake Pfennigs grabbed the win, giving him a 3-0 record. Pfennigs pitched 5.0 innings, with 6 strikeouts, 3 hits and 3 runs allowed, though only 1 earned run.
For the first time in a few weeks the Beavers won’t have any midweek games. They’ll be off until next Friday, when they’ll start a home series against USC. The first game is set for Friday, May 7th at 4:00 PM PT, and will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.