The Oregon State baseball team won all four of its games this past weekend in its second Surprise Tournament of the season in Surprise, AZ. The Beavers are now 7-1 this season, and they moved up in the D1Baseball.com Top 25 rankings to the No. 4 spot, as former No. 2 Louisville lost twice last week.
After starting their season with three wins in the first four games, Oregon State dropped the hammer on Big XII teams Kansas and Kansas State this past weekend, winning four games by a combined 33-9 score.
OSU next plays three games this weekend in San Diego, taking on the University of San Diego twice and the College of William and Mary once. The Beavers open their home season March 11 in a three-game set against the University of San Francisco and follow that up with a second home series of three games against Arizona State from March 18-20.
In Thursday’s first game against the Wildcats, OSU had to rally from a 3-0 deficit after six innings. The Beavers scored four runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to escape with the 7-5 victory. Pinch hits from Joe Gillette and Caleb Hamilton drove in five runs total, and Max Engelbrekt got the final four outs for his third save of the season.
Friday, there was no messing around for Oregon State: The Beavers had a 6-0 lead after five innings, and then they added eight more runs in the final two innings as they cruised to a 14-0 win. Cadyn Grenier had three hits and four RBI to pace the offense, while OSU received stellar pitching from Jake Thompson (6 2/3 innings) and Jordan Britton—who combined on the six-hit shutout.
Taking on the Jayhawks Saturday, the Beavers once again feasted on the opponent’s relief pitching: OSU trailed 2-1 heading into the eighth, but the team scored eight more runs in the final two innings, again, to walk away with a 9-3 decision. Billy King had four RBI, as the Beavers ran their late-inning score total for the weekend to a whopping 23 runs.
In Sunday’s finale against Kansas, there would be no such late-inning fireworks. It was a pitchers’ duel all the way, and Oregon State emerged victorious, 3-1. Luke Heimlich tossed seven shutout innings for the Beavers, while Kyle Nobach drove in two runs. Engelbrekt registered the final five outs for another big save.
Nobach currently leads the squad with a .433 average, while Nick Madrigal has a team-high 10 RBI. Reliever Bryce Fehmel has a 3-0 record and 1.50 ERA, while Heimlich is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA as a starter. Engelbrekt has yet to give up an earned run in five appearances.