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Beavers rally in ninth to nip Gaels

MORAGA, Calif. — Nick Madrigal laced a 3-1 single up the middle to cap off a three-run ninth inning, sending the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 4-3 win over Saint Mary’s Tuesday at Louis Guisto Field.

Down 3-1 entering the ninth, the Beavers strung together a rally. Cadyn Grenier extended the game with a bloop single to left, moving Adley Rutschman to third. Tyler Malone walked, then pinch runner Andy Armstrong moved to second when Andy Atwood also walked, putting the game at 3-2 in favor of the Gaels.

Armstrong served as the winning run when Madrigal singled off Saint Mary’s reliever Ken Waldichuk, sending the Beavers to third win in their last at bat in the last four games. It extended the team’s win streak to 16 games, the program’s longest since the 1962 team won 18 in a row.

Max Engelbrekt picked up the win with two scoreless innings, improving to 2-0. Jake Mulholland tossed a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the season.

Madrigal, Steven Kwan, Tyler Malone and Michael Gretler all finished with two hits to pace the Beavers (21-1 overall), who tallied nine off four Saint Mary’s pitchers. Malone picked up his first career two-hit game.

Gretler drove in the Beavers’ first run on a bloop single to left in the fourth, bringing in Kwan from third.

The Gaels are 17-7.

Sam Tweedt started for the Beavers and worked 3 2/3 innings. The redshirt sophomore allowed seven hits and three runs, struck out two and walked one.

Saint Mary’s starter Joe Loeprich threw five innings, allowing four hits and a run. He struck out four.

OREGON 1, PORTLAND 0: At Portland, five Oregon pitchers combined on a three-hitter as Oregon held off Portland.

Oregon's Isaiah Carranza (1-0) pitched five innings in his second start of the season allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out a career-best four in the win.

Kenyon Yovan picked up his Pac-12 Conference-leading ninth save. Parker Kelly, Cooper Stiles and Connor Zwetsch all threw a scoreless inning as the five Ducks' pitchers combined to fan 10 Pilots.

Oregon (16-6) got all the offense it would need in the third inning against the Pilots (4-20). In just his third start of the season, junior Taylor Travess put the Ducks on top in the top of the third inning with an RBI single to score Tim Susnara, who started the inning with a double.