SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Despite a shutdown performance from its bullpen in holding No. 7 Oregon State scoreless over the final seven innings, Missouri State dropped a 10-2 decision to the Beavers Saturday evening to complete a weather-shortened two-game non-conference sweep of the Bears at Hammons Field.
After the Beavers (26-6) erupted for 10 runs over the first two innings before rain halted play Friday afternoon, the Bears tallied the lone run of the resumed contest, as Davis Schwab [missouristatebears.com], Jake Lochner [missouristatebears.com] and Connor Sechler [missouristatebears.com] teamed up to blank the high-powered OSU lineup Saturday. Schwab held the Beavers to one hit over his 3 2/3 innings, before Lochner scattered a pair of hits in his 2.2 scoreless frames.
But the visitors, who homered five times and set a Hammons Field scoring record for a Bears opponent in their 17-6 opening-game win, continued their power surge in the first two innings of the second game to lock up the series. Adley Rutschman's two-out, solo shot in the first opened the scoring, before Tyler Malone delivered a two-run blast following a walk to Trevor Larnach.
The Beavers busted the game wide open with the biggest inning allowed by MSU pitching since the 2014 season, scoring seven times to stretch their lead to 10-0. Rutschman drove home another run with an RBI single, before Michael Greitler put an exclamation point on the rally by rattling the left field foul pole with a grand slam—the Beavers eighth long ball in the first 11 innings of the series—off MSU starter Ty Buckner[missouristatebears.com] (3-3).
The Bears (22-10) would answer with a Matt Brown [missouristatebears.com] home run to open the home half of the second, moments before heavy rains halted play for the day.
OSU's Grant Gambrell (4-1) picked up where starter Bryce Fehmel left off, needing just one pitch to work out of a second-inning jam after the game resumed Saturday. The right-hander struck out five Bears in a row, before Hunter Steinmetz [missouristatebears.com] led off the fifth with a double down the right field line and advanced to third when the ball eluded an OSU defender.
Jeremy Eierman [missouristatebears.com], who posted his second 2-for-5 effort in as many games in the series, plated the lone run of the final seven innings with a double of his own, cutting the OSU lead to eight runs.
From there, Gambrell and Dylan Pearce combined to hold the Bears scoreless to complete the sweep. Gambrell allowed just three hits, while striking out eight in his 5.1 innings, and Pearced blanked the Bears on two hits in his 2.0 frames.
Both Rutschman and Malone produced two-hit games for the Beavers, while Larnach finished the series 4-for-8 with two home runs, six runs scored and five RBIs.
In addition to Eierman’s third-straight multi-hit effort, Steinmetz (2-for-5) and Brown (2-for-4) each logged two-hit games for MSU, which suffered its third-consecutive setback.
The third and final game of the series—originally scheduled for Saturday evening—was canceled due to near-freezing temperatures.
Up next, the Bears travel to Fayetteville for a midweek road test against another nationally-ranked foe in the Arkansas Razorbacks. First pitch from Baum Stadium is set for 6:35 p.m., Tuesday (April 17) evening.
Courtesy of Missouri State Athletics.