The win pushed the Beavers (48-10-1 overall) to a 1-0 lead in the Corvallis Super Regional, with game two slated for Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Minnesota (44-14) will be designated as the home team in the game.
Heimlich, making his last career start at Goss Stadium, improved to 16-1 on the year, and hit the 36-victory mark for his career, tying Ben Wetzler (2011-14) for the most at Oregon State. Heimlich did not issue a walk and struck out nine, which extended his school record to 151 on the year.
Larnach and Rutschman hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to push the Beavers to a 3-0 lead. Larnach’s was a two-run shot, followed by Rutschman’s solo round-tripper. Rutschman later doubled home Larnach from second to re-take the team lead with 68 RBI this year.
Larnach, Rutschman, Steven Kwan and Michael Gretler all finished with two hits to pace the Beavers, who tallied 11 overall.
Minnesota’s Reggie Meyer started and took the loss to drop to 8-4 on the year. The righty allowed nine hits and six runs in six innings.
Oregon State and Minnesota continue the NCAA Super Regional Saturday night with a 6:34 p.m. PT start at Goss Stadium. The game is scheduled to air live on ESPN2, ESPN.com and ESPN applications on smartphones and tablets.
In The First
Oregon State’s 3-0 lead after one pushed the Beavers to a 52-23 advantage in the first inning this season.
Luke Heimlich’s fourth strikeout of the game, to open the fourth, was also the team’s 507th of the year. That surpassed the 2017 Beavers’ 506 to set a single-season record.
Michael Gretler extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single in the fifth. The senior’s 12-game hit streak is the second-longest by a Beaver this season, following Cadyn Grenier’s 27-gamer that was snapped in May.
Oregon State improved to 11-4 in NCAA Super Regional games. The Beavers are 11-2 in super regional games held at Goss Stadium.
Trevor Larnach and Adley Rutschman both hit home runs in the first inning, pushing the team’s total to 59 on the year. That’s now the second-most in a single-season by an Oregon State team, following the 1998 team’s 60.
Versus The Big Ten
Oregon State improved to 16-3 versus Big Ten Conference teams since the 2013 College World Series. The win is the first to be played at Goss Stadium over that stretch, with 14 of the other 15 wins coming in Arizona.
Oregon State has now had 49 consecutive crowds of 3,000 or more after totaling 3,960 on Friday. The Beavers are averaging 3,578 per game in 2018.
Over The Last 28
Oregon State is 23-4-1 over its last 28 games dating back to April 13 at Missouri State.
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