Welcome Oregon State to the top of the Pac-12 conference baseball standings after last night's 18-4 laugher over the Washington State Cougars. Stanford lost to the Arizona Wildcats 6-3. A season high in runs scored and OSU's sixth conference win in a row. Make sure you watch the highlight package. Adley Rutschman's Grand Slam is a tape measure job! More Beavers and Cougars this afternoon on Rip City Radio 620. Pregame coverage begins at 1:pm and the first pitch is set for 1:35pm. Here is the official game story from OSU Athletics:
Andy Armstrong hit his first home run of the season and Adley Rutschman’s seventh-inning grand slam helped send Oregon State to an 18-4 series-opening win over Washington State Friday night in front of 3,800 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Armstrong’s solo home run came in the second and helped pushed the Beavers to a 7-1 lead after three full. Rutschman’s grand slam – his second of the season and 14thoverall home run – helped highlight the Beavers’ nine-run seventh inning.
The 18 runs are the most for Oregon State in a conference game since defeating the Cougars, 19-9, in a three-game series finale in Pullman in 2008.
Joe Casey was 3-for-4, including a first-inning double, and Kyler McMahan set a career-best with four runs batted in. Overall, the Beaver offense rapped out 17 hits and totaled 11 walks off five Washington State (8-29-1 overall, 1-14-1 Pac-12 Conference) pitchers.
Armstrong and McMahan each had three hits as well, while Rutschman and Jake Harvey totaled two apiece.
Brandon Eisert allowed 10 hits over six innings, but managed to limit the Cougars to just one extra-base hit. The lefty gave up four runs but was buoyed by Oregon State’s (29-10-1, 15-4) nine runs through the first five innings. He picked up the win and improved to 8-1 this season.
Joey Mundt closed out the game for the Beavers and picked up his first career save with three scoreless innings. He struck out four.
Ky Bush lasted just 2 2/3 innings for the Cougars, allowing seven hits and seven runs. He is 0-4 this season.