SURPRISE, Ariz. — Oregon State’s bats continued to shine as play began at the Big Ten-Pac-12 Spring Training College Baseball Challenge.
The Beavers collected 17 hits — reaching double figures for the fourth time this season — while Luke Heimlich dazzled Thursday afternoon in a 9-1 victory over Nebraska. No. 2 OSU (5-0) resumes tournament play at noon Friday against Ohio State at Surprise Stadium.
Cadyn Grenier and Nick Madrigal both went 3 for 5 at the plate for the Beavers, who are now batting .396 as a team through five games. Grenier had one RBI and scored four runs while Madrigal had two RBIs, including a solo home run.
Teammates Trevor Larnach, Michael Gretler and Jack Anderson had two hits apiece for the Beavers.
Heimich (2-0) was sharp in his second outing of 2018, allowing just one run on two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in 6⅓ innings. Heimlich took a no-hitter into the fifth and left after 101 pitches.
Freshman Christian Chamberlain struck out five and walked two in 2⅔ innings of shutout relief.
Nebraska (3-2), which participated in the Corvallis Regional last season, committed three errors and finished with just four hits.
Grenier, Madrigal and Larnach strung together consecutive singles in the bottom of the first to give OSU a quick 1-0 lead.
Madrigal made it 2-0 in the third with a leadoff homer to straight away left. It was the second round-tripper of the year for Madrigal, who also went yard on opening day.
One inning later, a Steven Kwan sacrifice fly and RBI singles from Grenier and Larnach extended the lead to 5-0. The Beavers tacked on two more in the sixth when Kwan scored on a wild pitch followed by a Madrigal base hit that plated Grenier.
Adley Rutschman delivered the final blow with a two-RBI triple in the eighth.
The Cornhuskers scored their lone run in the seventh.