Beavers rout Ducks, complete Civil War sweep
EUGENE — An eight-run sixth inning sent third-ranked Oregon State to a 10-0 win over Oregon Tuesday night at PK Park. The game was the finale of the five-game 2017-18 Civil War Series.
The win pushed Oregon State (36-7-1 overall) to a season sweep of Oregon. The Beavers have swept the Ducks in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1922 and 1923, and in the process, have won nine straight in the series after going 4-0 in 2017.
Oregon State sent 14 batters to the plate in the eight-run sixth, which marks a season-best in both categories. Cadyn Grenier, Trevor Larnach and Adley Rutschman all drove in two runs in the frame, with Tyler Malone and Troy Claunch accounting for one apiece.
Nick Madrigal had opened the game’s scoring with a RBI double in the fifth. Michael Gretler capped the game’s scoring with a solo home run in the eighth, his fifth round-tripper of the season.
Christian Chamberlain made his second start of the season and was sharp, holding Oregon to one hit — a single in the fifth — in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one; however, he did not figure in the decision.
The win went to reliever Brandon Eisert, who came on in the fifth and forced Oregon to strand a runner at third. He worked 2 1/3 innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. He is now 4-3 on the year.
Madrigal and Malone led Oregon State with three hits apiece. Grenier, Rutschman, Gretler and Steven Kwan all finished with two. The 19 hits tied for the most hits in a game against Oregon since the Ducks re-instated their program in 2009. That previous 19-hit game came earlier this season in a 12-5 win.
Cullen Kafka started for Oregon (22-24), and allowed four hits and a run in 4 2/3 innings. He was charged with the loss and stands at 3-1 on the year.
Ashland High School graduate Peyton Fuller, a true freshman for the Ducks, pitched the last 1 1/3 innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits while striking out two.