CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State baseball team combined for 34 runs and 34 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Grambling State Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The Beavers took game one, 25-3, before finishing the day with a 9-2 victory in game two. OSU's 25 runs in game one marked the second-highest single game total by an NCAA team this season, and the 22-run differential was the third-highest.
The Beavers, who finished the weekend with 44 total runs and 43 hits against the Tigers, raised their team batting average 25 points to .330 after the Saturday sweep.
Oregon State utilized five home runs on the day. In game one, OSU hit four – one apiece by Trever Morrison, Caleb Hamilton, Kyle Nobach and Michael Howard. The Beavers jumped out to a 15-0 lead before Grambling State scored three in the top half of the eighth.
Drew Rasmussen was sharp in his first career start. The freshman scattered four hits and three runs – one earned – in 7 2/3 innings to improve to 1-0. He struck out a career-best nine.
Hamilton drove in four runs in the first game, going 3-for-6 with three runs scored. KJ Harrison had three hits to pace the club, while Nobach, Howard and Christian Donahue all had two.
Game two saw another Oregon State (8-3 overall) offensive barrage as the Beavers tallied 13 hits, with three going for extra bases. Gabe Clark homered in at bat immediately following a triple by Harrison. Billy King also hit his first career triple.
Grambling State (2-8) scored first in game two, taking a 2-0 lead, but a single by Joe Gillette in the bottom half of the second got the Beavers on the board. OSU added three runs in the third and three more in the fourth for the commanding lead. That was all Travis Eckert needed, who, in his third start of the season, picked up his first win.
Eckert allowed five hits and two runs – one earned – in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Clark and King had three hits apiece to pace the Beavers in game two, while Harrison, Gillette and Jeff Hendrix all had two.
The Beavers hit the road for a midweek game Wednesday as Oregon State visits Portland. First pitch from Joe Etzel Field is scheduled for a 2 p.m. PT. Follow the game via live stats on osubeavers.com and listen live on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn.
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