Beavers use long ball to drop Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. – Trevor Larnach, Adley Rutschman and Cadyn Grenier all homered to send the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 10-4 win over California Saturday.
Two of the Beavers’ three long balls came after a rain delay that lasted more than 90 minutes. Larnach’s came as a solo blast to tie the game at two in the fifth. An inning later, the Golden Bears went up 3-2 thanks to a bases-loaded walk.
Then the Oregon State bats came alive.
Rutschman hit a two-run blast off the scoreboard in left-center field to put OSU up 4-3 in the seventh. Grenier hit his first of the year an inning later. The two-run homer put the Beavers up 6-3 and preceded back-to-back-to-back doubles by Larnach, Rutschman and Preston Jones for a five-run lead.
Bryce Fehmel started for the Beavers (17-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-12 Conference), but did not figure in the decision. He exited after 5 1/3 innings — right before the rain delay — and allowed six hits and three runs.
California (12-6, 0-2) starter Aaron Shortridge also did not receive a decision. He worked six innings, scattering eight hits and two runs.
Oregon State right-hander Kevin Abel picked up the win after an inning of scoreless relief. He improved to 2-0 this season.
Oregon State rapped out 14 hits off four California pitchers. Rutschman and Steven Kwan paced OSU with three hits apiece, while Grenier, Larnach and Andy Armstrong all tallied two.
Brandon Eisert earned his second save of the season after allowing two hits and a run in 2 2/3 innings.
ARIZONA STATE 18, OREGON 4: At Tempe, Ariz., Arizona State scored multiple runs in five of the first six innings in the rout, including five in the sixth and four each in first and third.
Gage Canning of the Sun Devils (10-9) went 5-for-5 with two homes runs, a triple and four RBIs for ASU. He raised his season average to .506. Spencer Torkelson homered and drove in three runs.
Spencer Steer tripled and drove in two runs for Oregon (12-6).