Beavers sweep Hartford

Freshman catcher Troy Claunch throws the ball to the pitcher. The next game is at home on March 6.

Emmanuel Giocochea, Sports Contributor

OSU starts off season undefeated.

The Oregon State University baseball team (12-0) struck wins in their Saturday doubleheader and Sunday game against the Hartford Hawks (1-7). The Beavers won their 20th consecutive home game, the longest active streak in the country, entering this Sunday’s 12:05 p.m. series finale.

In their first game, junior outfielder Trevor Larnach got OSU their first pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning with a double to right field that allowed junior infielder Cadyn Grenier and junior outfielder Steven Kwan to score. 

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In the same inning, sophomore infielder and catcher Adley Rutschman hit a single that allowed Larnach to come home. 

Then in the seventh, the Beavers added to their lead thanks to a fielding error on a throw to first that gave Adley Rutschman a chance to score an unearned run.

In the eighth, Grenier tripled to right center, giving Kwan the opportunity to score once again. 

Kwan had a big offensive day in general, reaching base three times, getting two hits and a walk. He also stole three bases in the win, on top of his two runs. 

Junior Bryce Fehmel allowed just one single hit to Hartford sophomore infielder Zachary Ardito in the fifth inning—on his way to his third win of the season. 

“I was honestly feeling like I was behind some of the batters I shouldn’t have been behind, so that made it more difficult,” Fehmel said.

Fehmel finished with four strikeouts and did not issue a walk. He hit a batter in the ninth and faced just two batters over the minimum. 

“He’s just really good all the time,” head coach Pat Casey said about Fehmel. “He just constantly comes out and pitches and competes and throws the ball where he wants, and that makes a big difference.”

Fehmel improves to 3-0 on the year with the win. 

In their stunning second game of the day, Rutschman drove home two with a double in the seventh inning to send the OSU baseball team to a 5-4 win over Hartford.

“I don’t know if he was trying to go in, but it ended up being middle-in and I was able to turn on it and pull it down the line,” Rutschman said. 

The win sent the Beavers to their doubleheader sweep of the Hawks after Fehmel tossed a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 win earlier in the day.

The game-winning double was the second of the weekend for Rutschman, who drove in two from the right side of the batter’s box on Friday.

Rutschman’s double pivot, on a 3-1 pitch, landed to the left of junior outfielder Ashton Bardzell, enabling Grenier and redshirt freshman outfielder Joe Casey to score.

Sophomore pitchers Brandon Eisert and Jake Mulholland threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and tossed a perfect ninth, to finish off the Hawks. Eisert improved to 1-0 on the year, while Mulholland picked up his third save.

Larnach doubled home two runs in the first inning, and Kwan tallied two hits and three steals to offensively help even the bases for the Beavers.

Rutschman and Grenier both drove in runs in the win, with the latter’s coming on a triple to the gap in right in the eighth to make it a 5-0 game.

Beavers ended the series with a 5-0 win, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

Larnach’s grand slam sent in runners Rutschman, Grenier and Kwan to put the beavers up 5-0.

Rutschman also scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fourth inning.

OSU’s next game is Tuesday, March 6, at 5:35 p.m. against University of Portland (5-6) at home and aired on Oregon State Live Stream.