No. 2 Beavers roll past No. 10 Indiana
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Scott Schultz tossed a complete game and Logan Ice and Nick Rulli each drove in three runs to send the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team to an 8-1 win over No. 10 Indiana Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
The win pushed Oregon State's record to 5-2 on the year and 1-2 in Surprise. Indiana, meanwhile, dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Surprise.
Already up 2-1 after singles by Ice and Rulli in the fourth inning, the Beavers sent 10 to the plate in a six-run seventh. Ice and Rulli both stroked two-run singles while Kavin Keyes drove in one with a double to left and Michael Conforto drove in another on a single to right.
Schultz, making his second start of the year and fifth of his career, was solid, limiting Indiana to a run-scoring single in the top half of the fourth. Still in danger after the single, he managed to get a double play on a soft liner to Keyes at first and then an inning-ending strikeout of Casey Smith.
Schultz retired the next 10 batters he faced after Dustin DeMuth's RBI single. The righty ended the game with six strikeouts while allowing just six hits. He did not issue a walk and has just two on the year in 16 innings.
Schultz improved to 2-0 on the year.
OREGON 4, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 3 — At Los Angeles, Oregon's clutch play off the bench and another spectacular catch by right fielder Tyler Baumgartner pushed Oregon to another win at Loyola Marymount. The Ducks scored a run in the top of the ninth to sweep the three-game series.
The Ducks got a pinch hit lead-off double by freshman Austin Grebeck to lead off the top of the ninth inning. He advanced to third on a fielding error and scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter J.B. Bryant to give Oregon the lead.
Baumgartner made the win possible with an outstanding catch in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Ducks' right fielder robbed Tanner Donnels when he made a diving grab into the gap, saving a run with two outs in the inning.
Oregon (7-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
Garrett Cleavinger (2-0) got the win with a scoreless eighth. Jake Reed picked up his third save.
Aaron Payne, Mitchell Tolman and A.J. Balta all led the Ducks with two hits.