No. 7 Beavers roll to sweep of UC Davis
CORVALLIS — The seventh-ranked Oregon State baseball team swept UC Davis in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, winning game one, 4-0, before taking game two, 14-2.
Luke Heimlich was dominant in game one, striking out 10 — reaching double figures for the second time this season — while limiting the Aggies to just three singles. He did not issue a walk and improved to 2-0 on the season after picking up the win.
Nick Madrigal and KJ Harrison each had two hits to lead the Oregon State (9-1 overall) attack. Madrigal, Adley Rutschman, Andy Atwood and Cadyn Grenier all drove in a run apiece.
Robert Garcia started for UC Davis (3-5) overall and took the loss, dropping to 0-1. He allowed seven hits and four runs in seven innings.
Game 2 saw Oregon State jump out to an 8-0 lead in the first after sending 11 batters to the plate. Sam Tweedt took the quick advantage and limited the Aggies to three hits and two for his third win of the season.
Offensively, the Beavers rapped out a season-best 15 hits, led by Rutschman, who tallied a 3-for-5 day. He doubled twice, scored two runs and drove in one.
Madrigal hit a solo home run in the seventh en route to two RBIs, while Grenier, Andy Armstrong, Christian Donahue and Michael Gretler all had two as well.
Oregon State did its damage against UC Davis starter Orlando Razo, who allowed nine runs and nine hits over four innings. He took the loss, falling to 2-1.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 5, OREGON 4: At Eugene, Mississippi State plated a pair of runs in the eighth inning to rally for the and even the series with Oregon Saturday at PK Park.
The Bulldogs (7-4) scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Cole Gordon off Ducks' reliever Connor Zwetsch (0-1). Brac Warren then came in for Zwetsch and recorded a strikeout before surrendering a bases loaded walk to give Mississippi State a 5-3 lead.
The Ducks (5-4) made things interesting in the ninth with a Jake Bennett RBI single to score Morgan McCullough cutting the lead to one. Braden Stutzman reached on a fielder's choice and A.J. Balta drew a walk to put the tying run at second base, but the Ducks couldn't cash in as Matthew Dyer struck out to end the game.