It was not Oregon State’s prettiest win of the baseball season. And it was anything but perfect.
But it was still a victory.
The Beavers used a seventh-round pick to overcome a two-run deficit – and their own mishaps – en route to a sloppy 8-5 win over Loyola Marymount Lions Wednesday night in the final of a two-match midweek baseball series at Page Stadium.
The Beavers sent 11 hits on the record in the changing seventh inning, using run-scoring singles from Jake Dukart and Garret Forrester, a two-run double by Joe Casey and a couple of LMU errors to take control of the game. Oregon State scored three unearned races in the inning.
Meanwhile, the Beavers (28-12) had their own field problems and made four mistakes in the game. Safe shortstop Andy Armstrong and catcher Gavin Logan had third-party fouls that led to a couple of unearned runs, and Kyler McMahan hit two routine flyers in the right field on the eighth, the second of which led to two more unearned runs.
It was an uncharacteristically sloppy night for a defense that ranks fourth in the nation with a .985 field percentage. And if not for the caliber of the opponent – LMU fell to 14-25 this season – it may have cost them.
But after McMahan’s second blunder, Jake Mulholland came closer into the match and ended the threat, luring lead shooter Kenny Oyama into an initial final match with two runners at base. Then Mulholland finished the game a game later by hitting the last two LMU balls, and delivered the Beavers a midfield sweep.
Mulholland, who owns the Oregon State record for most career saves, played his 10th season and 40th of his career, and entered a tie for third place on the Pac-12 Conference all-time list with Oregon’s Jimmie Sherfy.
Wade Meckler (2 for 4) and Casey (2 for 5) both had doubles, finishing with four of the Beavers’ eight hits.
Kyle Keyes threw a pointless sixth inning to earn the win – the first in his career – when seven Oregon State pitchers saw action.
The game was the fifth in an eight-game, 11-day tour of Southern California for the Beavers, as the next visit to UCLA for a three-game series starting Friday.
Oregon State Beavers (27-12) vs. Loyola Marymount Lions (14-24)
When: 18.00 PT, Wednesday 28 April
Where: Page Stadium, Los Angeles
TV channel: The game is not broadcast on TV.
Direct streaming: A live video stream, produced by LMU, will be available. Visit OSU baseball schedule page and click on the “see” link in the relevant schedule tab. You can also listen directly online by going to the live broadcast tab on baseball planning site or via the TuneIn application on smartphones and tablets (by searching the Beaver Sports Network).
Radio: All games are broadcast on the Beaver Sports Network from 30 minutes before the first pitch. Associated companies include: KEJO 1240-AM (Corvallis), KKNX 840-AM (Eugene), KCFM 1250-AM & 104.1-FM (Florence), KLAD 960-AM & 93.3-FM (Klamath Falls), KTMT 880-AM & 96.1 -FM (Medford, weekend matches), Rip City Radio 620-AM (Portland), 102.3 FM (weekday matches before 17:30), KSKR 1490-AM (Roseburg) and KBZY 1490-AM (Salem, weekend matches).
Probable starters: RHP AJ Lattery (0-0, 2.08) vs. RHP Jimmy Galicia (2-6, 5.31)
This and that: Oregon State is 9-7 in April and has won a winning month. It’s the 10th consecutive winning April for the Beavers, who last ended the month with a losing record in 2010. … The Beavers had 11 hits in Tuesday’s series opener and have recorded at least 10 hits in five consecutive games and six of the last eight in total . They have collected 98 hits during the stretch, an average of 12.3 per game, and have also scored 63 runs, an average of 7.9. … Ober, whose three-hit Tuesday night matched his career high, has finished with three hits 10 times in his career, including four times this season. … Andy Armstrong went 1 to 5 in the opening, and extended his range of goals to eight games. … Garret Forrester has reached base in 15 games in a row. … Lattery is scheduled to start his first career tonight. He has participated in four games this season, and allows five hits and a earned run of 4 1/3 rounds of relief.