It was a special night Tuesday at Ron Tonkin field in Hillsboro. Not only did Oregon State take care of business against the Portland Pilots. Not only did Beaver Nation turnout big time packing the home of the Hops with 4,800 fans....but Steven Kwan tied the Oregon State single-game record with five hits,
Kwan's five hits included a home run and two triples. So now the 30-6 Beavers return to Pac-12 play tomorrow at 5:35 pm against Arizona State. Right now the Beavers sit in third place in the Pac-12 conference standings with a 10-5 record. UCLA is in second place with a 14-4 record and Stanford sits on top at 12-3. Arizona State is 9-9 in the conference.....17-22 overall. Pregame coverage on Rip City Radio 620 begins at 5:pm with the first pitch at 5:35 pm. Below more info on the Kwan night in Hillsboro courtesy of the Sports Information Department at Oregon State.
The last Beaver with five hits in a game? The answer is Koa Kahalehoe on May 31, 2009 versus Texas A&M. Kwan equaled that feat by going 5-for-6 on Tuesday night. The junior led off the game with his second career home run, singled in the second and fourth innings, then tripled in the seventh and ninth. He drove in two and upped his average to .319 after starting the day at .297. Overall, the Beavers (30-6) tallied 17 hits off six Portland (15-24) pitchers. Adley Rutschman finished with three, while Nick Madrigal, Trevor Larnach and Michael Gretler all had two. Rutschman added three walks, while Tyler Malone tallied three as well. His streak of a home run in five consecutive games was snapped but he finished 1-for-3 with an RBI coming in the ninth. Jordan Britton earned his second win of the season after throwing three innings in a start. The lefty scattered three hits while holding Portland scoreless. Portland's Joey Morris was charged with a loss after allowing four hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings. He is now 1-2 on the year. Brandon Eisert earned a long save after throwing 3 2/3 innings. The sophomore now has three saves on the year and seven in his career after limiting Portland to three hits with four strikeouts. Oregon State scored in every inning but the fourth and eighth innings, plating two in both the fifth and ninth innings. The Beavers sent at least four batters to the plate in every inning, and five or more in all but the third, fourth and seventh. Next UpOregon State returns to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field to open a three-game series Friday night against Arizona State. First pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. PT.