SEATTLE – The top-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped the series opener at Washington Thursday night, 3-2, at Husky Ballpark.
The Beavers rallied in the ninth, pushing the game to a one-run deficit on an RBI single by KJ Harrison. But the Huskies ended the game on a groundout to a sprawling Levi Jordan at second, whose throw narrowly beat Michael Gretler at first.
The loss snapped Oregon State’s school-record 23 game win streak, and pushed the Beavers to just their second loss on the year. OSU is 28-2 overall, and 12-1 in Pac-12 Conference play. The Huskies are 20-12 overall and 7-3 against league foes.
Trevor Larnach opened the game’s scoring, driving in a run in the first on a double past the third-base bag. But the Beavers managed just one run – in the ninth - off reliever Noah Bremer, who earned the win, improving to 3-3 on the year.
Luke Heimlich started for the Beavers, working 6 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs – one earned – while striking out seven. He took the loss, dropping to 5-1.
Nick Madrigal tallied three hits, a home run short of the cycle, and scored both of Oregon State’s runs, to lead the team offensively. Harrison also had a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4.
The Huskies scored three runs in the sixth to take the lead. Willie MacIver tied the game on a double, then watched as John Naff reached on a throwing error, scoring two runs.
Thursday’s series opener was delayed approximately 40 minutes due to the threat of weather in the area. First pitch was thrown at 6:48 p.m.
In The First
Trevor Larnach’s RBI double in the first pushed Oregon State to 33 first-inning runs this season. The Beavers also scored first for the 21st time this season.
Grenier Extends Hit Streak
Cadyn Grenier extended his season-long hit streak to nine games with a bloop single to left in the sixth inning.
End Of The Streak
Thursday’s loss ended Oregon State’s 23-game win streak, one shy of tying 2010 Arizona State for the longest in conference history. The last Oregon State loss was Feb. 24 in Surprise, Ariz., against Ohio State.
Oregon State and Washington continue the series Friday afternoon at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT. The game will air live on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12.com and via the Pac-12 Now app for those with smartphones and tablets.
Those in the Portland area should note that Friday’s game will air on 103.7 FM.