Oregon State Rides Long Ball To Win Over WVU
West Virginia played much better in Saturday’s game against third-ranked Oregon State than it did in Friday’s series opener, but a trio of Beaver home runs proved to be the difference as they stayed undefeated with a 4-2 win over the visiting Mountaineers.
Beau Philip smacked two of those, a solo job in the second and a two-run smack in the fourth. AdleyRutschman added an insurance roundtripper in the sixth. Both of the solo homers led off the inning.
West Virginia starter Jackson Wolf was the victim of the big hits, but pitched well other than those mistakes. He allowed only two other hits over seven innings and walked just one of the 27 batters he faced while striking out three in taking his first loss of the season, which dropped him to 2-1.
Reliever Ryan Bergert continued a spotless start to his WVU career, pitching a perfect eighth while striking out the side. He has yet to allow an earned run this season, yielding just one hit while striking out seven in five innings.
West Virginia (5-5) took its first lead of the series in the top of the fourth, when TJ Lake doubled to drive home Darius Hill and Andrew Zitel to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 advantage. It only took two batters for OSU (10-0) to retake the lead, however, as Rutschman walked in front of Philip’s second homer of the game in the bottom of the frame.
Bryce Fehmel got the start and picked up the win for the Beavers, allowing just the two earned runs and four hits over six innings. Christian Chamberlain earned the save with two innings of spotless work.
West Virginia continued to struggle at the plate. Lake had two hits, but no other Mountaineer managed more than one. Hill (.293) and Tyler Doanes (.286) lead a team that has no one else over the .250 mark, with several starters hitting under .200. As a team, WVU is hitting just .196.
WVU will try to salvage a win in the series finale on Sunday. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m., with Kade Strowd scheduled to take the mound for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia falls to 5-5 on the season and 3-5 on the road … WVU is 0-2 against top-25 teams this season … The Mountaineers are 2-2 all-time against defending national champions … Ivan Gonzalez extended his team-leading reached-base streak to 21 consecutive games and Tyler Doaned extended his reached-base streak to 15 games … Both reached-base streaks are career longs and began last season … TJ Lake had a career-best two RBIs and two hits, his first multi-hit game of the season.