Beavers hit past Cal
CORVALLIS — Steven Kwan hit a sixth-inning grand slam to highlight the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team's 11-10 victory over California Saturday at Goss Stadium. Kwan's home run was one of six in the game in front of a regular-season record crowd of 3,593.
Nick Madrigal's seventh-inning RBI single — his fourth hit of the game — turned out to be the game winner as Oregon State (37-4, 20-3 Pac-12) scored three in the frame after California's Denis Karas hit a grand slam in the seventh to answer Kwan's round tripper. The Golden Bears scored two in the eighth, but Drew Rasmussen, who came on in the seventh, held Cal scoreless in the ninth to earn the win.
Overall, the teams hit six home runs — four by the Golden Bears and two by OSU — with KJ Harrison starting the game's scoring with a two-run shot in the first. Cameron Eden hit Cal's first home run of the game in the third. Then, after the Beavers scored two in the bottom half of the inning, the Bears (21-23, 12-10) tied the game with a pair of home runs by Karas and Tanner Dodson in the fourth.
Dodson, who started in center, was the pitcher who gave up Madrigal's single in the seventh. The loss, however, was charged to Arman Sabouri, who dropped to 1-3 after allowing one run in a 1/3 of an inning of work.
Kwan's grand slam came in the sixth off reliever Erik Martinez. Kwan battled Martinez to a 2-2 count before lifting the ball just over the right field fence, just to the fair side of the foul pole, for the 8-4 lead.
Overall, the Beavers tallied eight hits off six California pitchers, adding seven walks.
OREGON SPLITS: At Pullman, Wash., Oregon won the opener, 8-2, before falling in Game 2, 2-1, in the Pac-12 doubleheader, which was needed after a Friday rainout.
In the opener, David Peterson set a new Oregon single-season strikeout record, fanning 10 to run his season total to 117, while allowing just two runs in seven innings. Taylor Travess helped Peterson get the win breaking a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh with a solo home run. Oregon (26-16, 9-11 Pac-12) would add five more runs over the final three innings for the win.
In Game 2, J.J. Hancock singled to left field with the outfield drawn in the ninth inning to give the Cougars (21-22, 7-13) the win.
OREGON SWEEPS: At Eugene, No. 5 Oregon swept No. 2 Florida State, winning 11-0 and 3-1.
Sophomore Megan Kleist (17-3) allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings in the opener. Oregon (43-6) batted around in both the fourth and fifth innings for its first run-rule win over a top-five team since 2014. The nightcap had a different tone but a similar outcome, as the Ducks rallied from behind with three runs in the sixth to defeat the Seminoles (48-5-1) and make a winner of Maggie Balint (18-3).