SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Trevor Larnach and Tyler Malone each homered twice as the ninth-ranked Oregon State baseball team dominated Friday’s partial nonconference doubleheader at No. 19 Missouri State.
The Beavers won the opener 17-6 and were leading 10-1 in the second inning of the nightcap when a storm rolled through Hammons Field. Missouri State shares the stadium with a minor league team, which had home games set for 5 p.m. (Pacific time) Friday and noon Saturday.
OSU (25-6) and Missouri State (22-9) are scheduled to resume play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The finale of the three-game series will follow.
The shaky Midwest weather didn’t seem to bother the Beavers, who belted eight total homers in 11 innings of offense.
Larnach and Malone were responsible for half the dingers while Cadyn Grenier, Andy Armstrong, Adley Rutschman and Michael Gretler all went yard once. Malone’s two homers were the first of his college career.
The Beavers had five round-trippers in the opener, capped by Grenier’s three-run shot that made it 14-3 in the seventh. Armstrong, Malone and Larnach (twice) also homered.
The 17 runs and five homers were the most in a game for OSU since a 20-0 victory over Portland in May 2015 that featured seven.
The assault continued in the nightcap as Rutschman (solo) and Malone (two-run) both launched first-inning homers for a 3-0 lead.
OSU plated seven more in the second, punctuated by Gretler’s grand slam off Bears starter Ty Buckner. Steven Kwan, Grenier and Larnach also had RBIs in the inning.
Buckner was mercifully pulled one batter later and surrendered 10 runs on seven hits in 1⅔.
Bryce Fehmel threw 27 pitches and got five outs before rain and lightning appeared.
Kyle Nobach gave OSU a 1-0 lead in the opener by singling home Malone, who walked to open the second inning.
After Missouri State tied it in the home half, Larnach put the Beavers back in front with an opposite-field drive to left. It was the their first homer since Rutschman’s walk-off, inside-the-park spectacle to beat Nevada on April 2.
The Bears scratched across another run in the third before OSU broke it open with a six-run fourth.
Armstrong delivered the first blow with a long homer off Missouri State ace Dylan Coleman. Following a Kwan walk and Grenier single, reliever Nate Witherspoon served up a two-run double to Rutschman.
Witherspoon’s next pitch was blasted over the fence in right-center by Larnach, giving the Beavers a 9-2 lead en route to a runaway win. Larnach was mired in a 3-for-22 slump before homering in consecutive at-bats.
Coleman (5-2), a junior right-hander, allowed six runs on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks in 3⅓.
Luke Heimlich (8-1) worked six solid innings to pick up his 28th career victory, matching Mike Gorman (1979-82), John Sipple (1984-86), Jeff Post (1989-92) and Dallas Buck (2004-06) for the third-most in program history. Heimlich struck out 10 and walked two while giving up three runs on seven hits.
Larnach finished 3 for 4 in the first game with two walks, four RBIs and four runs scored. Grenier went 2 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored while Kwan and Armstrong each had two hits and two RBIs.