The eighth was a different story, as a single plated two MSU runs, setting up some late-inning drama.
Beaver LF Kyle Nobach singled up the middle on a 1-2 count with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, bringing in Logan Ice in from third with the winning run.
The win is the Beavers’ second walkoff win in as many days as OSU defeated Northwestern Friday 2-1 in the ninth on a balk.
Travis Eckert started his first career game for the Beavers on Saturday and worked six full innings, scattering five hits and a run with two walks and two strikeouts. He did not figure in the decision. The win went to reliever Sam Tweedt, the Beavers’ fifth pitcher of the game, who struck out one en route to notching the final two outs of the top of the 10th.
Oregon State finishes up the four-game road trip in Surprise, Ariz., with a pair of games against New Mexico Sunday and Monday. There is no live video or TV for the tournament but live stats and a free live audio link available on osubeavers.com.
Oregon State jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings on Saturday. Hamilton opened the game’s scoring with a single to right in the first. K.J. Harrison made it 2-0 when his solo home run found the grass berm above the left center fence in the third inning. It was his first career home run and the Beavers’ first of the season.
Michigan State scored in the sixth to pull within one, but Nobach’s first hit of the day, a double in the bottom half of the sixth, pushed the Beavers to the 3-1 lead.
A single and sacrifice fly in the eighth for Michigan State tied the game at 3-3.
Nobach, Harrison and Billy King all had two hits to pace the Beavers, who finished with 10 off four Spartan pitchers. Michigan State, meanwhile, tallied seven, and was led by Cam Gibson’s two.