Beavers top Ducks and take Civil War series. Now looking for sweep!

 
 

Alone atop the Pac-12 Conference Standings. That is where the Oregon State Beavers sit after their 8-5 victory over Oregon.

Stanford lost to their rival Cal 18-2. UCLA shutout WSU 10-0 so both of those teams sit at 18-5 a game behind the 19-4 Beavers.

You have to be impressed with this Oregon State team. The fact they sit on top of the Pac-12 despite all of the injuries they have endured shows the depth and drive of this 2019 team.

A chance for the sweep this afternoon at PK Park. The Mother's Day game will start at 12:05 pm with pregame coverage on the Beaver Sports Network starting at 11:30. Mike Parker on the call of course. The pitching match up hasn't been released by either

I included in the video on this post a little prank the Beavers played on Tyler Malone after his impressive day at the plate.

Here is the official rundown on what happened in Saturday's game thanks to OSU Athletics.

Beau Philip went 3-for-6 and Tyler Malone drove in three runs to pace Oregon State to an 8-5 win over Oregon Saturday in front of 4,130 at PK Park.

With the win, the Beavers claimed the first two games in the Civil War Series presented by Pacific Source Health Plans, Spirit Mountain Casino, Safeway-Albertsons, Your Local Toyota Dealers and First Interstate Bank. Oregon State goes for the sweep Sunday at 12:05 p.m. PT.

Malone drove home a pair of runs in the first, and followed that up with a run-scoring single in the second. Philip, meanwhile, highlighted his day with a double, his team-leading 11thof the season, and scored a run.

The Beavers went up 5-2 after three, and the teams traded runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. The Beavers (33-14-1 overall, 19-4 Pac-12 Conference) scored two in the fifth, and Oregon (24-24, 8-15) scored two in the bottom half of the inning.

Troy Claunch then drove in a run via a sacrifice fly in the sixth, with the Ducks posting a run in the bottom half. That, however, ended the offense for the afternoon.

Dylan Pearce made his first career Pac-12 start and picked up the win with five innings of work. He scattered seven hits and five runs.

Pearce was backed up by Jake Pfennigs, who held the Ducks to one hit and one walk in 3 1/3 innings. He gave way to Jake Mulholland, who induced Tanner Smith to hit into a game-ending double play. Mulholland picked up the save, his sixth of the season.

Next Up

The teams conclude the three-game series Sunday at PK Park in Eugene. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Network.

Alone In First

The Beavers took sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 Conference after Saturday’s win. Stanford dropped the second game of its series with California, 18-2. The Cardinal is tied with UCLA for second place, a game behind the Beavers, at 18-5.

Almost To The Record

Adley Rutschman went 1-for-2 with a double but also walked four times, three intentionally. The junior nearly tied the Oregon State single-game record of five walks, set by Bob Beall in 1970 versus UCLA and equaled by Jake Rodriguez in 2013 versus Bryant.

And On The Year

Adley Rutschman extended his school-record total to 63 walks this season. He is now three walks shy of tying Arizona State’s Oddibe McDowell (1984) for the 10th-most ever by a Pac-12 player.

First Inning

The Beavers sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning, a frame that lasted 21 minutes and saw 38 pitches from Oregon starter Cullen Kafka. Oregon State drew four walks and produced three hits to go up 3-0.

Vote For Bryce

Right-handed pitcher Bryce Fehmel is one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior Class Award. Fan voting for the award is being held through June 10. To vote, visitseniorclassaward.com/vote/baseball_2019/.

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