Oregon State evens Pac-12 baseball series with Huskies with 5-2 win
SEATTLE — Adley Rutschman stroked three hits and every Oregon State starter recorded at least one hit as the top-ranked Beavers picked up a 5-2 win over Washington Friday at Husky Ballpark.
The win evened the series at one game apiece, with the rubber match coming Saturday at 2:05 p.m. Oregon State improved to 29-2 overall, and 13-1 in conference play, extending its lead over second-place UCLA and Washington (20-13, 7-4) to 4½ games.
Rutschman singled twice and doubled home a run in the eighth for his second career three-hit game. Christian Donahue, Michael Gretler and KJ Harrison all had two hits to help guide the Oregon State offense, which tallied 15 hits on the day.
Bryce Fehmel started for the Beavers, scattering six hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings. The sophomore right-hander earned the win, improving to 4-1 on the year.
The loss was charged to UW starter Leo Nierenberg, who dropped to 1-2 after giving up a run and four hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Beavers did most of their damage off reliever Jordan Jones, who gave up nine hits and four runs in 4 1/3.
Up 1-0 entering the fourth, OSU scored two in the frame thanks to RBI singles by Jack Anderson and Michael Gretler. The Huskies scored one in the fifth, but OSU jumped out to a 5-1 lead thanks to a sacrifice fly by Cadyn Grenier in the seventh and Rutschman’s RBI in the eighth.
Trevor Larnach drove home a run in the first for the second straight game, pushing OSU to a 1-0 lead after half an inning. On Thursday, it was a double past the third-base bag. On Friday, he sliced a hard single to right, bringing Steven Kwan in from second.
For the second time this season — and in as many weeks — the Beavers donned their 2007 throwback gray uniforms. Oregon State donned them for the first time in the 16-inning win over Utah last Saturday.
Grenier doubled in the fourth inning, extending his hit streak to 10 games. That ties Larnach for the second-longest hit streak by an OSU player this season. They both trail Nick Madrigal’s team-long 17-game streak.