SURPRISE, Ariz. — Grant Gambrell bounced back from a rough outing last week with the best performance of his young Oregon State career.
The burly sophomore right-hander struck out 12 in seven shutout innings Sunday morning as the second-ranked Beavers knocked around Ohio State pitching for 10 more hits in a 6-1 victory to wrap up the Big Ten-Pac-12 Spring Training College Baseball Challenge. Oregon State (8-0) is set to open a four-game nonconference home set with Hartford at 5:35 p.m. Friday.
After surrendering two runs on four hits and two walks in three-plus innings last Monday, Gambrell (1-0) commanded the zone in a dominant performance against the Buckeyes (5-3) at Surprise Stadium. The quick-working Gambrell allowed just five hits with no walks while throwing 103 pitches.
The seven innings and 12 strikeouts were career-bests for Gambrell.
One day after blasting his team-leading fourth home run, Trevor Larnach went 3 for 4 with a walk and two RBIs. Teammate Cadyn Grenier finished 2 for 3 with a walk and two RBIs.
Zak Taylor was 1 for 5 to extend his season-opening hitting streak to eight games.
Oregon State stars Nick Madrigal (hand/wrist) and Adley Rutschman (lower body) sat out with injuries.
Larnach made it 1-0 in the bottom of the first by singling home Jack Anderson, who reached on a two-out double.
The lead swelled to 5-0 in the second when Steven Kwan (single) and Grenier (double) each knocked in a pair. Two innings Later, Larnach brought home Grenier with a double to right-center.
Larnach, the reigning Pac-12 player of the week, leads the team with 14 RBIs.
Ohio State avoided the shutout in the ninth when Conner Pohl scored on a wild pitch.