CORVALLIS, Ore. – On Friday night, the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team used some ninth-inning magic to open the series versus Utah with a win.
On Saturday afternoon, it was 16th-inning magic to send the Beavers to their 22nd consecutive win.
Adley Rutschman hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 16th to send Oregon State to a 5-4 victory at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The season-best 3,284 in attendance at Saturday’s game went home happy due to a two-run 16th inning that saw the Beavers overcome a late Utah lead, made possible by Dallas Carroll’s solo home run in the top half of the inning.
Steven Kwan opened the 16th with a bunt single, and moved to second when Michael Gretler bunted him over. Jack Anderson tied the game at four when he tripled down on the right field line on a 3-2 pitch. The Utes then intentionally walked Cadyn Grenier and Zak Taylor to load the bases for Rutschman, who hit a deep fly to center off Utah reliever Chase Bauerle to win the game.
The victory pushed Oregon State to a 27-1 overall record and 11-0 mark in Pac-12 Conference play, while Utah dropped to 12-15 overall and 3-8 against league foes.
The Beavers can tie the Pac-12 record for consecutive victories with a win in the series finale Sunday. Arizona State’s 1988 squad holds the mark.
Jake Mulholland, the third OSU pitcher on the day, worked a season-long 6 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and a run with two strikeouts. He picked up the win to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Bauerle was charged with the loss after 4 2/3 innings of relief. He dropped to 0-1 after allowing two hits and two runs.