BASEBALL: Beavs sweep double-header, now 8-3

OREGON STATE remains on the outside looking in in the polls but their bats are heating up. The Beavers combined for 34 runs and 34 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Grambling State at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

The Beavers took the first game 25-3, before finishing the day with a 9-2 victory in the second. OSU’s 25 runs in game one marked the second-highest single game total by an NCAA team this season. The 22-run differential was the third-highest.

The Beavers raised their team batting average 25 points to .330 after the Saturday sweep.

Oregon State went yard five times on the day. In the first game OSU hit four – one apiece by Trever Morrison, Caleb Hamilton, Kyle Nobach and Michael Howard. The Beavers jumped out to a 15-0 lead before Grambling State scored three in the top half of the eighth.

Drew Rasmussen was sharp in his first career start. The freshman scattered four hits and three runs – one earned – in 7 2/3 innings and now stands 1-0 on the season. He struck out a career-best nine.

Hamilton drove in four runs in the first game, going 3-for-6 with three runs scored. K.J. Harrison had three hits to pace the club, while Nobach, Howard and Christian Donahue all had two.

The second half of the doubleheader saw Oregon State (8-3 overall) tally 13 hits, 10 of them singles. But Gabe Clark homered immediately following a triple by Harrison. Billy King also hit his first career triple as Oregon State took an 8-2 lead after five innings.

Grambling State (2-8) actually led for a while, 2-0, but a single by Joe Gillette in the bottom half of the second got the Beavers on the board. OSU added three runs in the third and three more in the fourth for the commanding lead. That was all Travis Eckert needed in his third start of the season to pick up his first win.

Eckert allowed five hits and two runs – one earned – in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Clark and King had three hits apiece to pace the Beavers in game two, while Harrison, Gillette and Jeff Hendrix all had two.

The Beavers don't play again until a midweek game Wednesday as Oregon State visits Portland. First pitch from Joe Etzel Field is scheduled for a 2 p.m. PT. You can follow the game via live stats on osubeavers.com and listen live on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn.

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