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Oregon State pitching returns to dominance as Beavers blank Oregon 4-0, inch closer to Pac-12 baseball title

CORVALLIS — The %-12′s most up to date pitching crew made positive to stay an off day to only that. One off day.

Oregon State’s pitching trio of Jake Pfennigs, Braden Boisvert and Brock Townsend mixed to scatter 4 hits, and two-run homers by means of Matthew Gretler and Jacob Melton equipped plentiful offensive beef up because the No. 2 Beavers blanked Oregon 4-0 Sunday at Goss Stadium.

The win allowed OSU (38-9, 18-6 %-12) to move 5-0 towards Oregon this season, together with a sweep of this weekend’s three-game convention sequence.

In the future after giving up 13 hits and 7 runs to the Geese, OSU pitchers returned to dominating. The 4 hits had been all singles. Oregon (28-19, 13-11) had simplest six baserunners overall, and just one Duck reached moment base. The Beavers’ pitching trio mixed for 10 strikeouts.

Of past due, this type of pitching has been a given. Over its previous 10 video games, Oregon State has given up not more than two runs 9 occasions, the exception Saturday’s 8-7 win over the Geese. Sunday’s shutout was once OSU’s 3rd all over its previous 10 video games.

Part of the ones 10 video games got here towards Oregon, one of the most %-12′s best offensive golf equipment. Over 5 video games towards the Geese, Beavers pitchers gave up 10 runs — together with seven in Saturday’s recreation — and 36 hits, whilst putting out 50 and strolling simplest 11. Two of the 5 video games had been shutouts.

“They’re going out and competing. They do a great job when something doesn’t go right … they turn the corner real quick,” OSU trainer Mitch Canham mentioned.

With postseason play two weeks away, the growth of Pfennigs as Oregon State’s 3rd starter is encouraging. In his fourth get started since coming back from a six-week absence because of a again harm, Pfennigs threw 5 spotless innings Sunday. The 6-foot-7 junior gave up two hits and struck out six. Pfennigs set down the general 8 Geese hitters he confronted. It was once his longest trip since coming back from the harm.

“I feel good all around. I’m sticking to the routine. I’ve just got to build up and get stronger. I feel better every week,” Pfennigs mentioned.

With Oregon State’s pitchers on a staff-wide heater, the Beavers are inching nearer to their first %-12 name since 2017. The Beavers have a three-game lead over second-place Stanford with six video games last. OSU finishes the season with three-game sequence at Arizona, then house towards UCLA.

If a championship occurs, it occurs, Canham mentioned.

“It’s really not part of our conversation,” he mentioned. “It can be difficult to keep that out of the conversation, but we’ve been practicing it for a long time. You start worrying about the past or future, it can get you and put you in a lull.”

Similar is going for the potential of OSU turning into the country’s No. 1 ranked group. Tennessee, the highest ranked group in different faculty baseball polls, misplaced two of 3 video games to Kentucky final week.

“It’s cool. But again, we just want to get to the postseason and see who we’re going to play, and who we’re going to beat,” Pfennigs mentioned.

Oregon’s pitching quartet Sunday was once just about as efficient as Oregon State’s, outdoor of 2 huge exceptions. The primary got here within the fourth, when Gretler blasted a two-run homer to heart for a 2-0 OSU lead. An inning later, Melton introduced a 430-foot shot over the appropriate box bleachers to offer the Beavers a 4-0 lead.

Melton had a weekend towards the Geese, going 7 for 11 with two homers and 7 RBIs. The South Medford Top graduate didn’t thoughts sticking it to the Geese, both.

“Oregon is a school that out of high school really didn’t give me an opportunity. Their prior head coach (George Horton) told me I would never be able to play D-I baseball,” Melton mentioned. “So I kind of had that as a chip on my shoulder the last two years playing against them.”

It didn’t harm Oregon State’s motivation that lots of the gamers’ moms attended Sunday’s recreation. Previous to the sport, moms covered up alongside the 3rd final analysis, won plant life from their sons, then stood with them for the nationwide anthem.

“With Mother’s Day, I think that provided a little extra energy,” Canham mentioned. “Even in pregame, you could see there was good buzz going on there.”

— Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdaschel

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