No. 3 Oregon State Baseball wrangled by Cowboys

The Oregon State defense gathers at the pitchers mound to discuss gameplay.

Matthew Brooks, Sports Contributor

No. 3 Oregon State Baseball lost the final game of their series against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, losing by a score of 8-7 at Goss Stadium.

This is the first time the Beavers have been swept at home since 2010, and the loss marks the 14th of the season, dropping to 31-14-1 overall. With a Sunday loss by Stanford, Oregon State is tied for first in the Pac-12.

Despite allowing three runs in the top of the first inning, the Beavers quickly worked to regain the lead. Sophomore infielder Alex McGarry hit a ground ball between the first and second basemen, allowing junior catcher Adley Rutschman to score from second base – cutting the Cowboys’ advantage down to just two.

Oregon State followed the productive first inning with a strong second that saw junior designated hitter Beau Philip getting his first RBI since returning from injury, putting runners on second and third and moving the Beavers to within striking distance. Philip finished the game with four hits and a stolen base.

After the game, Philip said his body felt “great.” As for his game today, he said “Just getting my fastballs, so I think I’m seeing [the ball] fine.”

After a Philip double-scored junior infielder Andy Armstrong, sophomore outfielder Zack Zalesky hit a ground ball to first base, taking the out but pushing another run across to tie the game at three.

With strong pitching from both sides during the third and fourth innings, the Beavers came out swinging in the bottom half of the fifth. Consecutive hits from sophomore first baseman Ryan Ober and sophomore infielder Alex McGarry setup what would be a three-run inning that ended with Oregon State leading 6-3.

In the top of the sixth, a pitch by senior right-hander Dylan Pearce hit the elbow of an Oklahoma State batter. After the base was awarded, Pat Bailey went out to speak with the umpire. Two batters later, the Cowboys’ center fielder hit a three-run to tie the game at six.

“Terrible call. Guy’s got to make an effort,” Interim Head Coach Pat Bailey said. “My understanding of the rulebook is that the guy’s got to make an effort to get out of the way, and he stood right there and didn’t move one bit.”

Oklahoma State ended up scoring two more runs in the top of the eighth inning, taking an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the sixth.

Despite the deficit, the Beavers did not give in. With no outs, Adley Rutschman hit his 16th home run of the season to centerfield and brought the Beavers within a run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

After strikeouts by Ober and McGarry, junior outfielder Tyler Malone came in as a pinch hitter and roped a single to centerfield. Freshman third baseman Jake Dukart then flew out to right-center, and the game was over.

With this being the first sweep at Goss since 2010, Bailey talked about where the Beavers can go from here.

“They’re hurting enough as it is, so I’m not going to do anything negative,” Bailey said. “I’m going to go in there and talk to them about what we talked about this morning. That adversity is good for you. We’ve gotta fight through this and we will be better off because of it.”

For their next game, Oregon State Baseball will head to Eugene for a series with the Oregon Ducks. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10.

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