Beavers’ comeback evens series at Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — Adley Rutschman and Tyler Malone combined to drive in five runs in Oregon State’s six-run seventh inning Friday night to help send the Beavers to a 9-5 win over Utah at Smith’s Ballpark.
With the win, the Beavers evened the series with the Utes at one game apiece. The teams will play a rubber match today at 12 p.m. OSU is looking to win its 15th consecutive Pac-12 Conference series.
Trailing 5-2 entering the seventh, the Beavers (21-3 overall, 6-2 Pac-12) put a pair of runners on for Rutschman, who singled between the first and second basemen to make it a one-run game. Three batters later, and after Trevor Larnach and Jack Anderson had walked, Malone cleared the bases with a double down the right field line.
Andy Armstrong followed up the six-run seventh — capped by Michael Gretler’s second sacrifice fly of the night — with his first career home run. The round tripper, a solo shot over the left field fence, pushed the Beavers to a four-run lead in the eighth.
OSU starter Luke Heimlich was the recipient of the run support, going 6 1/3 innings. He allowed eight hits and five runs — two earned — while striking out six. He improved to 6-0 this season.
Dylan Pearce worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in back of Heimlich. He struck out two in his 10th outing of the season.
Malone set a career-high with his first three-hit night, adding singles in both the second and fourth innings. Overall, the Beavers finished with nine hits off four Utah pitchers; Armstrong tallied two for his fifth multi-hit effort of the year.
Jacob Rebar, who picked up the save for Utah (5-20, 2-3) on Thursday, was charged with the loss on Friday. He allowed two runs on two walks and did not record an out, dropping to 0-1.
STANFORD 5, OREGON 1: The Oregon baseball team scored first for the second night in a row at No. 3 Stanford, but the Cardinal rallied to win the game and even the weekend series entering a rubber match today.
The Ducks (15-10, 3-5 Pac-12) went ahead 1-0 in the second against Cardinal lefty Kris Bubic, who was 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA entering the game. But that unearned run was all Oregon could muster as Bubic settled in over the course of the game, and Stanford rallied thanks to timely hitting and some defensive miscues by the visitors.
“We had some shots at him early,” said UO coach George Horton, whose team made Bubic throw 49 pitches through two innings. “We had some quality at-bats, and the table set. But like a good pitcher does, he really settled in.”
A day after winning 10-1, the Ducks looked poised for another big night from the outset Friday. Daniel Patzlaff doubled with one out in the first, and Gabe Matthews worked a two-out walk before Ray Soderman struck out.
Oregon broke through in the second. A night after his dominant start against the Cardinal, Kenyon Yovan was the designated hitter Friday and hit a one-out double in the second. After a hit by pitch, Kyle Kasser came up with two on and two out and laced a single to left that was mishandled by the outfielder, allowing Yovan to score.
That ended up being an unearned run, and the only one the Ducks would push across in the game. Matthews walked again with one out in the third but was caught stealing before Soderman struck out. Oregon would only get two base runners the rest of the night as Bubic improved to 5-0, mainly relying on a deceptive delivery that enhanced the impact of his plus changeup.