PAPILLION, Neb. — For the last two seasons, Jack Anderson has been a fixture in Oregon State’s outfield.
The Lake Oswego High graduate has primarily roamed right field for the top-seeded Beavers (56-4), who continue College World Series play at 12:05 p.m. Friday. But for Monday’s matchup with No. 4 LSU, Anderson started in left for the first time since April 7.
Anderson successfully caught the only fly ball hit his way before moving to right for the eighth inning as OSU routed the Tigers 13-1. Trevor Larnach made a rare start in right field while Tyler Malone was inserted into the lineup at designated hitter.
Anderson, a redshirt junior, said it felt a little weird to be in left.
“I just tried to keep it simple, go catch the ball and not think about everything else going on,” Anderson said after the game. “Trevor did well and made a great play, and it was cool to see him get to chance to get out there.”
It was Anderson’s fifth start of the year in left.
With left fielder Christian Donahue suspended for the CWS, coach Pat Casey wanted to trade defense for offense against the Tigers.
Larnach, the regular DH, made his first start in right since May 28 and 17th of the season. Malone, a lightly-used freshman who is batting .278 with a .481 on-base percentage, started for just the ninth time all year.
“We thought we needed to be as good offensively as we could against LSU,” Casey said following Wednesday’s practice at Werner Park. “We really have a ton of respect for what they can do offensively, we just thought we needed to score some runs.”
Malone went 1 for 3 with two walks and two runs scored at DH.
Larnach, a sophomore, caught four balls in right, including a tough grab on a liner in the fourth off the bat of Antoine Duplantis.
“Trevor’s played out there before and he does a good job,” Casey said.
Casey does not name starter
After Wednesday’s practice, Casey said Drew Rasmussen or Jake Thompson will get the start Friday.
Thompson (14-0, 1.84 ERA), Division I’s leader in victories, struggled with command in Saturday’s CWS opener against Cal State Fullerton. The redshirt junior right-hander gave up five runs on just three hits with three walks and a strikeout in 3⅔ innings.
Rasmussen (3-0, 0.79 ERA), a redshirt sophomore righty, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the year.
Beavers get active
Casey dialed up four hit-and-runs against the Tigers.
OSU was successful on three of them as Madrigal and Malone both collected singles while the Pac-12 player of the year grounded into a productive out in the first.
“There are times where we go through a game where we maybe don’t play that aggressive,” Casey said. “And then there are times where we feel like for the situation that’s in front of us, that’s the best thing to do. We just felt like in that particular game, in that particular time that we needed to be aggressive.”
Heading to the zoo
The Beavers were rewarded with an afternoon trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
A few players, including sophomore shortstop Cadyn Grenier, also went Tuesday. Grenier enjoyed the lions and gorillas.
“They were just like big, hairy humans watching us,” Grenier said.
Nick Madrigal was excited to see the lions while Steven Kwan was disappointed that the zoo didn’t have a panda exhibit.
Jake Mulholland prefers a pair of unique creatures.
“I’m a big penguin guy and giraffes are cool, too,” the freshman pitcher said. “I’ve been told I run or look like a giraffe… penguins are a tight-knit group of animals. They are always together, I like the way they walk, I’ve been told I walk like them, which I know is not a compliment. And I think they are really cool looking and they are kind of goofy. I’ve been told they have nice personalities and you can see it on them, which is cool.”
Madrigal wins Gold Glove
Madrigal has been named a Gold Glove Award recipient at second base, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.
Madrigal, a sophomore, is the lone underclassman among the nine members of the Division I team, with seven juniors and a senior also recognized. He is also one of two players from the Pac-12, joining UCLA pitcher Griffin Canning.
The Pac-12 player and defensive player of the year, Madrigal has committed just five errors in 233 chances this season. He is OSU’s first Gold Glove recipient dating back to 2007.