Beavers cap Surprise trip with 6-1 win
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Grant Gambrell struck out a career-best 12 and Trevor Larnach finished with three hits and two runs batted in to send the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 6-1 win over Ohio State Sunday at Surprise Stadium.
The win capped an 8-0 trip to Arizona for the Beavers, who return to Goss Stadium Friday night versus Hartford to open a four-game series versus the Hawks. First pitch is slated for 5:35 p.m.
Gambrell made his second start of the season and struck out 12 over a career-long seven innings. The sophomore scattered five hits — all singles — and did not issue a walk before giving way to reliever Jordan Britton.
Gambrell got the win — his first of the year and second of his career.
Larnach singled twice and doubled once. He drove in a run in the first on a single, then put Oregon State up 6-0 with a run-scoring double in the fourth.
Steven Kwan drove home runs two and three for the Beavers via a single in the team's four-run second inning. Cadyn Grenier, who finished with two hits on the day, snuck a double past the bag at third to drive in the last two runs of the frame.
Ohio State (5-3) starter Yianni Pavlopoulos, who beat the Beavers in 2017, wasn't able to keep the Oregon State bats in check on Sunday. He exited after four innings, allowing six runs and eight hits. He took the loss to drop to 1-1 on the year.
OREGON 9, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 7, 8 inn.: At Los Angeles, Oregon rallied from a four-run deficit to win the nonleague series.
Trailing 4-0, the Ducks (4-2) scored four runs in the sixth inning and another four in the seventh. The game ended after eight innings due to a set curfew at LMU's ballpark.
In the sixth, Gabe Matthews was hit by a 1-2 pitch to drive in the tying run. In the seventh, Kyle Kasser was hit by a pitch to give Oregon a 5-4 lead. Later in the inning, Spencer Steer drove in two with a base hit to right after Taylor Travess came home on a wild pitch.
Ryne Nelson finished 3-for-4 with two runs and Kenyon Yovan 2-for-5 with two runs.
Winning pitcher Parker Kelly (3-0), who entered in the sixth with one out and a runner on first, allowed one hit and one walk with a strikeout in one inning.