What a weekend for the Oregon State Beavers. A laugher on Friday beating the Cougars 18-4. A come from behind extra inning marathon on Saturday edging the guys from the Palouse 4-3 in sixteen innings. And their tired pitching staff got a nice break thanks to junior right hander Grant Gambrell's effort on Sunday. Gambrell gave up just two hits and struck out 12 to give the Beavers a sweep and they remain half a game ahead of Stanford in the Pac-12 Standings.
Now the Beavers have a big challenge tomorrow at Goss. They have struggled on Tuesday's this season winning just once on March 12th against the Ducks. Since that time they lost to the Pilots, San Diego State, Oregon and Reno on Tuesdays. Gonzaga comes to Corvallis tomorrow. Pregame coverage on 103.7 the Legend begins at 5:pm and the first pitch with Mike Parker calling the action starts at 5:35 pm
Here is the official game story from Sunday courtesy of Oregon State Athletics:
Grant Gambrell tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts in a career-long 8 1/3 innings to send Oregon State to a 2-0 win over Washington State in front of 3,968 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field Sunday afternoon.
The win pushed Oregon State (31-10-1 overall) to a series sweep of the Cougars, and sent the Beavers to a Pac-12 Conference best 17-4 mark in league play. Oregon State has swept four of its seven Pac-12 series this season.
Gambrell held the Cougars to singles by Dillon Plew and Bradley Polinsky, in the third and fifth innings, respectively. The righty retired the 14 batters he faced and ended the day with 12 strikeouts and just walks issued. Washington State was 0-for-7 against him with runners on base and 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
He dropped his earned run average to 2.57 and improved to 4-1 with the win.
The Beavers managed two runs on nine hits in the win. Troy Claunch was 2-for-4, and his fourth-inning double set up a sacrifice fly by Jake Dukart to put the Beavers on board.
Andy Armstrong was also 2-for-4, and he gave the Beavers an insurance run with a single in the sixth, scoring Claunch from third. Armstrong later tripled in the eighth, but was stranded.
Washington State (8-31-1, 1-16-1) starter Brandon White was relieved by Hayden Rosenkrantz after 4 1/3 innings. The righty allowed four hits and a run, issuing a walk with two strikeouts. White took the loss to drop to 2-7 this season.
Christian Chamberlain picked up his second save of the season by retiring the final two batters of the game.
Oregon State stays home for a Tuesday matchup with Gonzaga at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. First pitch is slated for 5:35 p.m. PT, with a live video stream available onosubeavers.com.
Earlier This Season
Oregon State defeated Gonzaga, 9-3, in the second game of the season. Beau Philip and Alex McGarry both went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the win. Philip and Adley Rutschman each hit home runs.
Another Attendance Mark
The 3,968 in attendance at Sunday’s series finale mark a regular season Goss Stadium record, again, surpassing the 3,952 at Saturday’s game. It gave the Beavers and Cougars a three-game series total of 11,720. It’s the most for a three-game series at Goss, surpassing the 11,499 against Stanford in 2018. The 3,968 is the third-largest crowd at Goss, trailing June 9, 2018 vs. Minnesota (4,025) and June 2, 2018 vs. LSU (4,009).
Grant Gambrell and Christian Chamberlain combined for 13 strikeouts in Sunday’s win, pushing the Beavers’ total to 43 in 32 innings in the three games versus Washington State. Overall, Oregon State struck out 71 in 52 innings in the five games over the last week versus Nevada and the Cougars.
The win kept the Beavers in first place by half a game over Stanford, which won Sunday to take 2-of-3 over Arizona. UCLA also swept Utah to remain 1½games behind the Beavers. Both teams can gain on Oregon State, which has a non-conference series with Oklahoma State next weekend. Stanford will visit USC and UCLA treks to Washington State for three.