Ice on fire as Beavers claim two wins
SAN DIEGO — Logan Ice made a particularly convincing argument for his selection as Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week on Saturday.
The junior went a combined 6-for-7 with a double, triple, two home runs and seven runs batted in to help guide the fourth-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of William & Mary and San Diego Saturday at Fowler Park.
The Beavers took the first game of the day, 12-3 over William & Mary, then downed host San Diego, 5-2. Oregon State improved to 10-1 on the year with the victories, extending its win streak to nine games.
Ice started at catcher in the first game, then came off the bench as a pinch hitter in Game 2.
In Game 1, he drove in six runs, the first Beaver to do so since Michael Conforto in 2013 against Oregon. Ice tripled and hit two home runs, tallying 11 total bases, the most by a Pac-12 player this season.
Trever Morrison also homered in the win.
Ice’s first home run came during a four-run third, which put Oregon State up 5-0. He drove in two more runs on a triple in the sixth, then hit a solo home run in the eighth.
Morrison and Cadyn Grenier also had three hits. Morrison opened the game’s scoring with a solo home run in the second, then doubled in the third and singled in the fifth. Grenier singled in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Bryce Fehmel picked up the win in game one after three innings of relief. The freshman improved to 4-0 after scattering just one hit with two strikeouts.
Jake Thompson started for the Beavers, tossing 4 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits and three runs with six strikeouts.
Against the Toreros (4-6), Max Engelbrekt earned his fifth save after closing the door on San Diego for 1 1/3 innings. He and fellow left-handed reliever Luke Heimlich backed up starter Travis Eckert, who scattered three hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings for his first victory. The team’s lone senior, he struck out seven to just two walks.
Nick Madrigal paced Oregon State’s offensive attack with three hits and two RBIs — the second of which came on a sixth-inning single and served as the game winner.
SANTA BARBARA 1, OREGON 0: At Eugene, No. 11 Oregon (7-2) mustered only four hits, and only one of them left the infield, in the 14-inning loss to UC Santa Barbara at PK Park.
The Gauchos, meanwhile, were no-hit into the eighth inning, but they worked eight walks and had eight batters hit by pitches and finally plated a run in the 14th to win despite stranding 18 runners.
UCSB had two on with one out in the 14th after a hit by pitch and a walk. A passed ball allowed both runners to move up before Michael McAdoo put an inside-out swing on a pitch from UO sidearmer Cooper Stiles, dropping a single into right field for the only run of the game.
Oregon didn’t put a runner in scoring position until the ninth, which Daniel Patzlaff led off with a long at-bat before working a walk. Carson Breshears pinch ran and moved up on a sacrifice bunt, but UCSB left-hander Kyle Nelson (2-0) retired A.J. Balta and Jakob Goldfarb.
In the 13th, Mark Karaviotis pinch hit with runners on the corners and two out, and was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Austin Grebeck flew out to left field to end the threat.
UO starter Matt Krook struck out a career-high 12 over six no-hit innings.