OSU downs Nevada on inside-park home run
CORVALLIS — Adley Rutschman’s inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 10th inning sent the fourth-ranked Oregon State baseball team to an 8-7 win in a seesaw battle Tuesday at Goss Stadium.
Rutschman drilled an 0-1 pitch from reliever Cooper Powell into center field. The ball skipped past diving center fielder Cole Krzmarzick all the way to the fence. Rutschman rounded the bases for his third home run of the season and the Beavers’ first inside-the-park home run since Michael Miller in 2010 at USC.
With the win, the Beavers (23-4 overall) swept the two-game series from Nevada (15-11), both in comeback fashion.
The Beavers fell behind 5-0 after three Nevada home runs in the fourth Tuesday. Oregon State, however, chipped away at the deficit, scoring two in the sixth and another in the seventh.
Oregon State then used six walks in the eighth to take a 7-5 lead before the Wolf Pack scored two in the ninth off reliever Luke Heimlich to send the game to extra innings for the second consecutive night.
That set the table for Rutschman, who ended the game 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two walks. He singled in the first, fourth and seventh innings, and walked in the sixth and eighth.
Oregon State ended the night with 13 hits off eight Nevada pitchers. Steven Kwan garnered two hits.
Powell was charged with the loss after two-thirds of an inning. He dropped to 1-3 on the year.
Heimlich picked up his seventh win of the season after going 1 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits and two runs.
Oregon State next visits Arizona for three games, beginning Friday.
OREGON 8-3, PORTLAND STATE 2-0: Sophomore Miranda Elish pitched her first career perfect game as Oregon swept the doubleheader.
Elish threw her perfect game in the nightcap. The sophomore struck out a career-high 16 to post the fourth perfect game in Oregon history and the first that went seven innings.
The other three were five innings because of the run rule.
Elish’s perfect game is the 30th no-hitter in UO history and the third this season. Megan Kleist had back-to-back no-hitters at Florida State and at home against Montana.
Elish’s perfect game is the first ever at the Ducks’ Jane Sanders Stadium.