Rasmussen's strong outing carries Beavers
SAN DIEGO — Drew Rasmussen scattered four hits and a run over seven innings and KJ Harrison and Trever Morrison each tripled as the fourth-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated San Diego, 7-2, Friday night at Fowler Park.
Rasmussen, making his third start of the season, gave up his first hit with two outs in the fourth and, backed by a strong OSU offense, upped his record to 2-0.
Offensively, the Beavers tallied 11 hits and took advantage of 10 walks by six San Diego pitchers. Harrison and Morrison tripled in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Oregon State chased San Diego (4-5) starter Troy Conyers after five innings. The left-hander allowed five hits and three runs in five innings. He took the loss, dropping to 1-2 this season.
The Beavers scored their first run on a wild pitch in the third, then went up 2-0 when Nick Madrigal doubled in the fifth. An inning later it was 3-0 thanks to a single by Morrison.
A five-walk seventh gave the Beavers some breathing room as OSU scored two to go up 5-1.
Harrison, Morrison, Kyle Nobach and Cadyn Grenier all finished with two hits in the win.
OREGON 13, SANTA BARBARA 1: At Eugene, in its most complete performance of the young season, No. 11 Oregon dominated UC Santa Barbara behind another stellar outing from Cole Irvin and production from throughout the lineup.
The Ducks (7-1) took a 4-1 lead through five innings thanks to strong defense, good situational hitting and a mammoth home run by Phil Craig-St. Louis in the fourth. Then they blew the game open in the later innings, batting around in both the seventh and eighth to tack on nine more in support of Irvin (2-0).
Matt Kroon kicked off a three-hit day in the third with a leadoff single and took second on an error. Travis Moniot did his job by moving up Kroon with a groundball to the right side, and Daniel Patzlaff plated Kroon on a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
Irvin was cruising until the fourth, when he allowed a one-out double followed by a single. But A.J. Balta threw the runner from second out at the plate, and catcher Tim Susnara then threw down to second to get the batter out trying to extend his single, ending the inning.
Craig-St. Louis followed with his home run in the bottom of the fourth, and the Ducks tacked on two more in the sixth. Kroon scored Susnara with an RBI double, and Patzlaff again drove home Kroon on a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead.
Kroon had three hits and scored three times and Packard drove in three runs. The Ducks were 12-for-34, raising their average from .211 to .230.