SURPRISE, Ariz. – Oregon State, ranked No. 2 in all six preseason Division I baseball polls, parlayed a 20-hit offensive attack into a 16-7 victory over Cal Poly on the third day of the College Baseball Classic in Surprise Stadium.
Cal Poly scored single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings and added three more in the ninth, but couldn't keep up with the defending Pac-12 champion Beavers, who put up five crooked numbers on the scoreboard for the win.
While Oregon State improved to 3-0, Cal Poly fell to 1-2.
Bryce Fehmel (1-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win, allowing four runs and seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Cal Poly sent six pitchers to the mound. Junior right-hander Bobby Ay (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs over 2 2/3 innings. Most effective pitcher for the Mustangs was sophomore southpaw Thomas Triantos as he tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings just 14 months after Tommy John surgery.
All nine Oregon State starters collected at least one hit. Right fielder Trevor Larnach led the way with a 4-for-4 day at the plate, two singles, a double and a solo home run and driving in a total of four runs. Third baseman Cadyn Grenier added three hits.
Cal Poly's 13 hits included solo home runs by Kyle Marinconz, his second of the year, and Bradlee Beesley, his first. Catcher Nick Meyer (pictured above) added two singles and a double while left fielder Cole Cabrera and first baseman Tate Samuelson each added two hits.
Cal Poly wraps up play in the College Baseball Classic on Monday morning, facing Gonzaga for a second time at 9 a.m. PST. Freshman right-hander Darren Nelson will start on the mound for the Mustangs, who rallied to beat the Bulldogs 8-7 in 10 innings Friday.
Photo above of Nick Meyer courtesy of Lauren Pluim