No. 3 OSU baseball wins 10-0

Sophomore catcher Adley Rutschman swings for the ball in the second game of the series on Saturday against Stanford University. Oregon State University won 10-0.

Gunnar Boag, Sports Contributor

OSU downs No. 2 Stanford in game two of the series.

No. 3 OSU baseball team cinched the series against No. 2 Stanford on Saturday 10-0.

In sold-out Goss Stadium, the Oregon State University Beavers took down the Stanford University Cardinal 10-0 in game two of the triple header. Behind strong pitching, solid defense and timely offense, the Beavers were able to clinch the series.

OSU was led by junior pitcher Bryce Fehmel. He finished the game with four strikeouts after being relieved in the ninth inning. Stanford was held scoreless for the first time since March 3.

“He pitched outstanding,” Pat Casey, OSU head coach, said. “He hit his spots, he kept the ball down, he mixed pitches. He was really, really good.”

The scoring opened up for the Beavers in the bottom of the third, as junior infielder Nick Madrigal hit a triple that brought in two runs. An errant pitch from Stanford pitcher Kris Bubic allowed Madrigal to get home, bringing the score to 3-0.

The Beavers would add to the lead in the fifth inning, as junior outfielder Trevor Larnach put away a two run homer. With the lead up to five, Stanford brought in pitcher Zach Grech. The change in pitchers did not work in Stanford’s favor. In the sixth, junior outfielder Steven Kwan singled up the middle for a run batted in.

A play that summed up the Beavers’ day came in the sixth inning, when Fehmel turned and picked off a runner at second. The fans erupted into cheers when the runner was called out.

OSU put the game out of reach in the eighth inning, tallying four more runs. Sophomore infielder Tyler Malone kicked off the scoring with an RBI. Junior infielder Zak Taylor’s ground rule double moved the score to 8-0.

The Beavers didn’t stop there, as another RBI and errant pitch brought home two more runners.

OSU sophomore relief pitcher Brandon Eisert held Stanford scoreless in the ninth, sealing the 10-0 victory.  

“We’ve been rolling lately. Pitching is doing an outstanding job, we’re putting up more runs and hits,” Larnach said. “Just really locked in on both sides.”

The victory moves OSU to 38-7-1, now having won 21 of their last 23 against Stanford. Goss had a record-setting crowd with 3,864 fans in attendance.

“[The crowd] keeps me into it, they keep me energized,” Fehmel said. “They really keep me going.”

The teams will meet again on Sunday for game three. The game will start at 12:05 p.m., and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.

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