Oregon State is headed to the super-regionals for the first time since 2013 after defense and timely hitting powered them past the Yale Bulldogs Sunday night with a final score of 8-1. The Beavers swept through the regional round in Corvallis and will host the winner of Vanderbilt and Clemson in Corvallis for the super-regional next weekend.
Yale jumped out to a early 1-0 lead in the first inning in the first two batters off of a single and a double, but their bats were kept relatively quiet after that opening frame. They made solid contact off starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen but solid defense, especially from Oregon State’s talented outfielders kept the score low.
Oregon State answered in the first to tie, and then exploded in the third with five runs, started by amazing small ball skills from Steven Kwan and Nick Madrigal and helped by poor defense from Yale, and capped off by a monster home run into left field by Michael Gretler to bring in three in a huge situation.
Rasmussen didn’t have his best stuff in the start but was able to work through it and limit Yale getting out of jams, largely in part due to the defense. He went four innings surrendering one run on five hits and striking out five. Eisert took over on the mound in the 5t h inning on the mound and was effective until replaced by Mulholland for the last out of the 8t h .Eisert gotthe win on the day. Mulholland was replaced for the final out by Max Englebrekt, both pitched well for the Beavers and the staff was solid today.
Yale’s head coach John Stuper had only praise for Oregon State and the fan base – “What an experience,” he said. “First class all the way.”
And after the game Pat Casey was happy with the performance, but still expected the team to get better moving forward into super regionals.
Player of the game
Third baseman Michael Gretler earns my Player of the game leading the way with a three-run home run that broke the game open for the Beavers in the third. That combined with a vacuum glove in the hot corner made for a great performance from the junior. He finished the game 2-5 and provided much needed offense at the time to give the Beavers a boost
Special Night for Madrigal
Madrigal showed off his team first mentality tonight. He didn’t look 100% when he swung the bat still seemingly recovering from that hand injury. But he could play defense and do what he could at the plate. Doing what he could meant turning in a 4-4 performance with 4 bunt single in the game. What a night from the sophomore
“No, and I hope we never see it again. . . unless it’s in a Yale Uniform.” Said Stuper on if he’d ever seen a game like Madrigal’s bunt singles.