OSU holds on to beat Gonzaga
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Trevor Larnach hit his second home run of the season and Christian Chamberlain tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team held on for a 4-3 win over Gonzaga Saturday at Surprise Stadium.
Gonzaga's Jake Vieth opened the ninth inning with a single off the right field wall, later scoring on a wild pitch by Oregon State sophomore reliever Jake Mulholland to pull to within one. But Mulholland, with a runner at third and one down, recovered with a shallow flyout to center and a strikeout to close out the win, picking up his first save of 2018.
Larnach blasted a 0-1 pitch into the left field bullpen to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth, and later watched when Andy Armstrong drove his first hit of the season into center to drive in Preston Jones for the Beavers' (2-0 overall) fourth run of the game. That run proved to be key entering the ninth.
Chamberlain, making his collegiate debut, held the Bulldogs scoreless over 3 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three, and coming on in relief of starter Sam Tweedt in the fifth, earned his first win.
Taylor Davis took the loss for Gonzaga (0-2) after allowing four hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings. He came on in relief of starter Mac Lardner, who did not figure in the decision after limiting the Beavers to five hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Tweedt also did not figure in the decision. He allowed three hits and two runs — one earned — in 4 1/3 innings.
UNLV 9, OREGON 3: At Las Vegas, Oregon led 3-0 until UNLV tied the score in the fifth and took the lead an inning later.
Kyle Kasser went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Ducks.
Starting pitcher Cole Stringer took the loss after allowing seven hits, four runs (earned) and no walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Oregon (1-1) finished with nine hits.
The Ducks play Indiana State today.