Top-ranked Beavers rise to 9-0
CORVALLIS — Adley Rutschman's two-run double in the seventh inning helped push the Oregon State baseball team to a 3-2 win over Hartford Friday at Goss Stadium.
The Beavers, ranked as high as No. 1 nationally by Collegiate Baseball, came-from-behind to open the four-game series. Rutschman laced a 1-2 pitch from reliever Drew Farkas off the fence in left, enabling Jack Anderson and Steven Kwan to score.
That backed up a sharp start by starter Luke Heimlich, who scattered six hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three to earn the win, improving to 3-0. He was relieved by Christian Chamberlain and Dylan Pearce, with the latter picking up his first career save after 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Rutschman paced the Oregon State (9-0) attack with a 2-for-4 day.
Tyler Malone drove in the game's first run with a single in the fourth. The Hawks (1-4) scored two in the sixth, first off a fielder's choice, then via a double from Zachary Ardito.
Seth Pinkerton took the loss for Hartford, dropping to 0-1 after allowing two runs and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. Starter Jake Regula allowed four hits and a run in 4 2/3 innings, and did not figure in the decision.
Oregon State and Hartford continue the four-game series today.
OREGON 3, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 1: At Eugene, Jakob Goldfarb went 2-for-3 with a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning that drove in Spencer Steer and put Oregon ahead for good.
Goldfarb's key hit came in the fourth inning, giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
Ryne Nelson scored on a wild pitch in the seventh for Oregon (7-2), who have won four straight. That run gave the Ducks a 2-0 advantage.
Winning pitcher Matt Mercer (2-1) allowed one run (earned), three hits and three walks with six strikeouts in seven innings. Kenyon Yovan earned the save.