The Oregon State Beavers defeated the UC Irvine Anteaters 7-5 in 11 innings on Friday in a three-game non-conference baseball series opener in Irvine, California.
In the first game of an eleven-day eight-game trip, the Beavers (26-10) won an entertaining and dramatic win with a Jacob Melton-led nine-run home race and an eleventh inning two-run single from Matthew Gretler to UC Irvine (22- 12) in the Anteater Ballpark.
The state of Oregon won their fifth game in a row, four of them in late inning rallies, and gave UC Irvine only their second home defeat of the season.
A full summary can be found here.
Oregon State Beavers (25-10) versus UC Irvine Anteaters (22-11)
When: 3 p.m. PT, Friday April 23
Where: Cicerone Field in Anteater Ballpark, Irvine, California.
TV Channel: The game will not be broadcast on TV.
Live Stream: The game is available on ESPN3. The State of Oregon will also stream the game on its website. Visit the OSU Baseball Schedules page and click the “Watch” link on the appropriate Schedule tab. You can also listen live online by accessing the Live Broadcast tab on the baseball schedule page or through the TuneIn application on smartphones and tablets (by browsing the Beaver Sports Network).
Radio: All games will be broadcast 30 minutes before the first pitch on the Beaver Sports Network. Affiliates include: KEJO 1240-AM (Corvallis), KKNX 840-AM (Eugene), KCFM 1250-AM and 104.1-FM (Florence), KLAD 960-AM and 93.3-FM (Klamath Falls) , KTMT 880-AM and 96.1 -FM (Medford, weekend games), Rip City Radio 620-AM (Portland), 102.3 FM (weekday games before 5:30 p.m.), KSKR 1490-AM (Roseburg) and KBZY 1490 -AM (Salem, weekend games).
Possible starters: RHP Kevin Abel (3-3, 3.09) against RHP Trenton Denholm (3-1, 3.98)
This and that: Abel has not considered the decision in any of his last two starts and last week only survived four innings against Cal and gave up three runs. Abel was dominant for long stretches of the season but also had problems with his control, allowing 38 free tickets – 29 walks and nine hits – in 46 2/3 innings. … This is the sixth meeting between the beavers and anteaters and the first since the NCAA Regionals 2014, when UC Irvine won two of three at Goss Stadium to advance to the Super Regionals. … Oregon State is 11-4 away from Goss Stadium this season. In the 15 games, the offensive hits 297 with 15 home runs, 34 doubles and six triples, and the pitching team has an ERA of 1.99 with just 45 hits in 77 innings. … The closer Jake Mulholland needs a parade to win Oregon’s Jimmie Sherfy for the third highest place in Pac-12 history. … Shortstop Andy Armstrong, beating .346 this season, brings a run of four hits into the run. … The beavers are 18-3 when they first hit.
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