(CORVALLIS)—It had to end eventually, and perhaps it should have ended last night. Then again, 13 is an unlucky number, and that’s what it was for the Oregon State baseball team today at home against the Stanford Cardinal. After beating them 12 straight times dating back to 2012, the Beavers finally lost to the Cardinal today. The 6-0 score included a little payback for the Oregon State comeback win on Friday night, for sure.
Tomorrow, the two teams will go out at it once again to decide the winner of the three-game series at Goss Stadium, but it’s the Beavers who are on the downside of momentum now. After winning with a walk-off, bases-loaded free pass on Friday night, OSU was unable to maintain that momentum past the first inning today. Stanford turned two walks and three hits into three runs in its first turn at bat, and the Cardinal never looked back as it cruised to the victory.
OSU is now 27-12 on the season, while Stanford improved to 20-17.
Beavers starter Luke Heimlich came into the game on a roll, allowing just one run in his last 14 innings at home. But Stanford got to him early: With two outs and a runner on second, the Cardinal delivered—in order—a walk, a two-run double, another walk and a run-scoring single. Heimlich couldn’t get the one pitch he needed to escape the inning, and it ended up costing OSU the game.
That’s because Stanford starter Chris Castellanos, who came into the game with a 4.22 ERA, held the Beavers scoreless for 6 1/3 innings. OSU hitters actually stroked the ball well on several occasions, but the Cardinal defense was always there to make the plays—unlike the ninth inning on Friday night, when Stanford mistakes cost it the game.
Heimlich settled down to deliver five scoreless innings after the first-frame debacle, but the Cardinal got to him again in the seventh for three more runs. At that point, the game was beyond reach, of course, for the Beavers. OSU had two good chances to score off Castellanos, but neither time could the Beavers score. In the first inning with two out and two one, Billy King flied out to left to end the threat. In the fourth, Logan Ice doubled to lead off the inning, but Castellanos got three straight fly-ball outs to end the threat.
On a perfect day for baseball in Corvallis, approximately 65 degrees, more than 3,300 fans went home disappointed as there were few Stanford fans wearing red in the sea of orange and black. For two days in a row now, Stanford has dominated Oregon State for 17 of 18 innings played. Sunday’s game is the Beavers’ last chance to prove their a better team than the Cardinal. The streak is gone, and the series—and the rivalry—are reset.
Game time is 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.