Donahue's walk wins it in ninth for OSU
CORVALLIS — Christian Donahue’s walk with the bases loaded in the ninth inning capped a comeback for 10th-ranked Oregon State in a 3-2 victory over Stanford Friday night in front of 3,086 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Donahue’s walk on a 3-1 pitch completed a rally that featured a perfect bunt single and an error on the nation’s top defensive team.
Logan Ice laced a 3-2 single to right field to open the inning. He advanced to third when Trever Morrison, who attempted a sacrifice bunt, reached when Stanford reliever Colton Hock bounced a throw to center field. That led to a bunt by pinch-hitter Steven Kwan, who pulled one down the first-base line. The ball narrowly stayed fair to tie the game at 2.
Kyle Nobach moved Morrison and Kwan to second and third, and the bases then loaded when Billy King walked on a 3-2 pitch. That setup Donahue’s 3-1 walk, with the final pitch coming in high.
The win sent the Beavers (27-11, 9-7 Pac-12) to their 12th consecutive victory over the Cardinal.
Bryce Fehmel, who worked a perfect ninth inning, picked up the win to improve to 7-1. His seven wins are second in the Pac-12.
WASHINGTON STATE 4, OREGON 0: At Eugene, Oregon mustered two hits and spoiled an outstanding relief effort by Matt Mercer in the series opener.
The Cougars had nine hits, all singles and none particularly hit hard. But that was more than could be said for Oregon (18-17, 7-9 Pac-12), which managed only a sixth-inning single by A.J. Balta and an infield hit by Jakob Goldfarb in the ninth.
UO starter Matt Krook (3-2) allowed three runs in the first inning and was pulled after another run scored on two singles and an error in the third. Freshman right-hander Mercer came on to end the threat, and ended up pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and two walks.