Beavers outlast Oregon, 11-10
EUGENE — Nick Madrigal’s two-out RBI single to right-center proved to be the game winner as the 14th-ranked Oregon State baseball team outlasted Oregon, 11-10, Monday in a nonconference game.
Entering the ninth tied at 8, the Beavers (24-9) went ahead on a ground-rule double off the bat of Caleb Hamilton. He scored when Christian Donahue doubled to put the Beavers up 10-8. Madrigal then fouled off a series of pitches off Oregon reliever Matt Mercer and lofted a pitch over the second baseman’s head to drive in the Beavers’ 11th run of the game.
Oregon (17-13) netted two in the bottom half of the ninth off OSU reliever Max Engelbrekt. But the lefty got Steven Packed to pop up to KJ Harrison at first with the game tying run at second.
Engelbrekt, who worked 2 2/3 innings as the seventh Oregon State pitcher, improved to 1-2.
Cooper Stiles, who was charged with two of the three runs in the ninth, took the loss after 1 2/3 innings of relief. He dropped to 1-2.
Oregon State never trailed but had to hold off a late Oregon rally. The Beavers went up 8-0 after 3½ innings thanks to a six-run third inning. But the Ducks got on the board with a two-run home run by Packard in the bottom half of the fourth. Oregon then matched Oregon State’s third with a six-run inning of its own in the sixth.