A record crowd at Goss Stadium watched a rout last night. I guess some of the 4,009 watching the 14-1 blasting of LSU could say it was revenge for what happened last June in Omaha. I will add Hank Hager's account of the game below but this was all Oregon State against a Tiger's team that witnessed a 15-hit attack and a starting pitcher who may have not had his best stuff but was good enough to hold the Tigers to just one run. The Beavers now need one more victory to move into the Super Regional next weekend. But first things first. Northwestern State and LSU play an elimination game at Noon and then the Beavers play the winner at 6:pm. Pregame coverage on Rip City Radio 620 begins at 5:30pm with Mike Parker and Jimmy Wilson. Here is the official release on last night's game from OSU Athletics.
Luke Heimlich won his 15th game to set the Oregon State single-season record and the Beavers’ offense tallied 15 hits in a 14-1 win in front of a school-record 4,009 Saturday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Heimlich scattered six hits and a run in seven innings to improve to 15-1 this season, which leads the nation. He surpasses Scott Christman (1993), Andrew Moore (2013) and Jake Thompson (2017) as Oregon State pitchers to win 14 games.
He was backed by an offense that posted six extra-base hits and drew nine walks. Adley Rutschman, Trevor Larnach and Zak Taylor all finished with three hits in the win. Cadyn Grenier and Nick Madrigal both tallied two. Madrigal capped the offensive highlights with a solo home run in the seventh, his third round-tripper of the year.
The Beavers scored multiple runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. Rutschman drove home his first two in the first, then watched as Michael Gretler, Kyle Nobach and Taylor made it 5-0 in the third via a single and a pair of walks.
Oregon State (46-10-1 overall) broke the game open with a five-run fourth. Rutschman and Taylor each picked up their third RBIs of the game in the frame, and Nobach his second after walking with the bases loaded for the second time.
Zack Hess took the loss for LSU (38-26) after allowing eight hits and nine runs in 3 1/3 innings. The righty dropped to 7-6 on the year.
Next UpOregon State has advanced one step further in the winner’s bracket and will take on the winner of LSU and Northwestern State at 6:04 p.m. PT. The Tigers and Demons are set to play an elimination game earlierSunday at 12:04 p.m. Television information has yet to be announced – make sure and follow us on Twitter for updates. The game, however, is assured of airing on Watch ESPN.
The Beavers set another single-game record by having 4,009 in attendance at Saturday’s game, surpassing the 3,864 set versus Stanford earlier this season. Oregon State has now had 47 consecutive crowds of 3,000 or more and are averaging 3,553 per game in 2018.
Luke Heimlich’s 15th win Saturday surpassed Scott Christman (1993), Andrew Moore (2013) and Jake Thompson (2017) for the most in a single-season at Oregon State. Heimlich also now has 35 career victories, one shy of Ben Wetzler’s 36 from 2011-14.
A Different Record
Cadyn Grenier’s fourth-inning double that helped propel the Beavers to a five-run frame was the team’s 129th of the season, breaking the program’s single-season record. The 2007 Beavers had 128. This season’s club now stands at 130.
Nick Madrigal’s seventh-inning home run was his third of the season, and first since Feb. 22 against Nebraska, in the Beavers’ fifth game of the season. Oregon State has hit 55 home runs as a team, the fourth-most in a season in program history. It trails 1998 (60), 2000 (58) and 1997 (57).
Oregon State reached double-digit runs for the 15th time this season. That’s the most in a single-season for the Beavers since the 2007 club reached that mark 18 times. The 2018 Beavers are 15-0 when scoring 10 or more.
To 10 He Goes
Michael Gretler singled home a run in the third, and extended his hit streak to 10 games in the process. He had tallied two nine-game hit streaks this season leading up to Saturday.
Moving To 20-2
Saturday’s win pushed the Beavers to a 20-2 mark in NCAA Regional games at Goss Stadium since 2005, in the modern postseason era.
The win marked head coach Pat Casey’s 55th overall in the postseason and 30th in NCAA Regional Play. He is 55-23 (.705) in the postseason, and 30-11 (.732) in regional play.
Oregon State’s three double plays in Saturday’s win tied the program’s single-game best in the postseason. That mark has now been reached twice, after OSU turned three against TCU in 2009.
Steven Kwan’s sixth-inning double marked his sixth of the season, tying him for second in the Oregon State record books. He also has nine for his career, which tied him for eighth.