The Oregon State baseball team dropped to No. 6 in the nation today after losing three games last week against the No. 12 California Golden Bears, all played in Berkeley. The one saving grace for the Beavers was a Tuesday win in Portland against the Pilots, and now the 16-5 OSU squad has five home games this week at Goss Stadium to recover.
Today and tomorrow, the Beavers host the San Diego State Aztecs, and this weekend, it’s the Washington Huskies coming to town for three games. Neither team is ranked, giving Oregon State the chance to get some momentum back. The Beavers remain the highest-ranked baseball team not in the South or the Midwest regions.
Here’s a quick look back at the four games from last week:
- In beating the Pilots by a 13-6 score, OSU pushed its record to 16-2 last Tuesday. Bryce Fehmel earned his fifth win of the season with three innings of one-run ball, while Kyle Nobach (three RBI) led the offensive attack. Both Jack Anderson and Cadyn Grenier added two RBI apiece, while Christian Donahue added three hits and an RBI. The Beavers totaled 14 hits overall as a team, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after two innings.
- The Golden Bears blew open Thursday’s series opener with five runs in the fourth inning, on their way to a 6-2 win over OSU. Drew Rasmussen gave up those five runs to get saddled with his first loss of the season, although two of the runs were unearned due to defensive miscues. Meanwhile, the Beavers lineup was held to just four hits on the day, with KJ Harrison and Logan Ice each driving in a run apiece.
- For the second day in a row, Cal’s pitching staff was dealing, as OSU was also held to four hits on Friday in a 5-0 loss to the Golden Bears. Trever Morrison had a hit and a walk to be the Beaver on base the most, but in the end, it didn’t matter. Jake Thompson took the hard-luck loss after pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing four earned runs while not walking a batter and striking out five Cal batters.
- The host team completed its sweep on Saturday with a 5-3 win. The Beavers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a two-run home run by Harrison and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Nobach. That would be OSU’s best inning, as once again, the Beavers were held to just four hits on the day. Handed that early lead, Travis Eckert couldn’t get out of the second inning, giving up four runs, as the Golden Bears completed the sweep.
Considering OSU surrendered four unearned runs and committed eight errors in the three Cal games, it could be said the team just had a bad weekend. However, the hitting woes are difficult to stomach for a team that was hitting .331 prior to the series. Now after the 12-for-90 effort in Berkeley, the Beavers are hitting just .306 this season, a mere 35th in the nation.
Of course, OSU will look to get its offensive groove back today and tomorrow against SDSU and its 5.34 team ERA. Game time both days at Goss Stadium is 5:35 p.m.