SURPRISE, Ariz. – Nick Madrigal and Cadyn Grenier each finished with three hits and Luke Heimlich scattered two hits and a run in 6 1/3 innings as the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated Nebraska, 9-1, on Thursday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
Madrigal hit his second home run of the season, finishing the day 3-for-5, and is 7 for his last nine. His solo home run came in the third and pushed the Beavers to a 2-0 lead after Trevor Larnach singled in a run in the first.
Grenier, meanwhile, singled three times and drove in a run to help pace the Beavers to a 17-hit day off six Nebraska pitchers. Every Oregon State starter tallied at least one hit, with Larnach, Michael Gretler and Jack Anderson all recording two.
Heimlich earned his second win in his second start of the season. The lefty held Nebraska hitless through four and ended the afternoon allowing two hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out a season-best eight before giving way to Christian Chamberlain in the seventh.
Up 2-0 through three, the Beavers (5-0 overall) gave Heimlich breathing room with a three-run fourth. Steven Kwan drove in the inning’s first run on a sacrifice fly, then watched as Anderson scored on a single from Grenier. Larnach capped off the inning with his second RBI of the game on a single to center.
OSU scored two in both the sixth and eighth innings, with Adley Rutschman driving in both in the latter frame on a triple to the gap in right.
Nebraska (3-2) starter Matt Waldron took the loss and dropped to 1-1 on the year. He allowed six hits and an unearned run in two innings.
Hitting Streaks Continue
Michael Gretler and Zak Taylor both came into the game having hit safely in all four games, and each extended their streaks to five games in the win. Gretler was 2-for-5 and Taylor finished the day 1-for-4. Gretler is 8-for-20 (.400) with three RBI on the year while Taylor is batting .350 (7-for-20) with a home run and five RBI.
Speaking Of Offense
Oregon State extended its Pac-12 Conference-best batting average to .396 after starting the day at .385. The Beavers have totaled 55 hits over their last three games – in 123 at bats. That amounts to a .447 batting average. OSU has six doubles, two triples and two home runs over that stretch. Nick Madrigal is 9-for-14 (.643) and Jack Anderson is 5-for-9 (.556) to pace the Beavers.
The Beavers are 5-0 for the second consecutive season. Oregon State is looking to go 6-0 on the year Friday versus Ohio State. The 2013 Beavers were the last OSU team to start 6-0, and won their first 15 games of the season.
Oregon State continues play Friday when taking on Ohio State at Surprise Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT (1 p.m. in Arizona).
Fans in the Portland region should note that Friday’s game will air on 103.7 FM. In addition, due to Oregon State men’s basketball and the Portland Trail Blazers playing at approximately the same time, Saturday’s game will also air on 103.7 FM.
Story provided by OSU Athletics.