SURPRISE, Ariz. — Trevor Larnach’s sizzling start to the 2018 season continued at Surprise Stadium.
The junior right fielder blasted another home run as second-ranked Oregon State cruised to a 10-3 victory over Nebraska on Saturday at the Big Ten-Pac-12 Spring Training College Baseball Challenge.
The Beavers (7-0), who are off to their best start since opening the 2013 campaign with 15 consecutive wins, wrap up play in Arizona at 8 a.m. Sunday against Ohio State.
Larnach gave OSU a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first by launching his team-best fourth homer of the year. He finished 1 for 3 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Bryce Fehmel (2-0) was more than adequate in 6⅔ innings of work, giving up just two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. The junior right-hander left after throwing his 90th pitch.
Nebraska (4-3) starter Jake McSteen allowed seven runs on nine hits in four-plus innings to take the loss.
Steven Kwan, Kyle Nobach, Michael Gretler and Jack Anderson all had two hits apiece for OSU, which has scored nine or more runs in its last five games.
Starting at second base in place of Nick Madrigal, sophomore Andy Armstrong went 0 for 4 while playing solid defense. Madrigal, the 2017 Pac-12 player and defensive player of the year, left Friday’s 10-8 victory over Ohio State with a left wrist/hand injury and was sent back to Corvallis for further evaluation.
His status for next weekend’s home-opening series with Hartford is unknown.
Adley Rutschman exited Saturday’s game after he was stepped on while catching a high throw at first base. The severity of Rutschman’s injury is also unknown.
Ryan Ober pinch-hit for Rutschman in the fourth and played third base while Gretler slid over to first.
After Fehmel whirled a 1-2-3 top of the first, Larnach gave the Beavers a quick lead in the home half.
Larnach drove a 1-2 offering from McSteen over the fence in dead center for a two-run shot, the seventh of his OSU career. Kwan, who led off with a single up the middle, also scored on the blast.
The Beavers were back at it in the second, loading the bases with no outs on consecutive singles from Gretler, Zak Taylor and Anderson. Gretler was able to come home when Armstrong hit into a double play, and Kwan followed with a base hit that knocked in Taylor. The junior center fielder later scored all the way from first on a throwing error to put OSU up 5-0.
Nebraska got on the board via a sacrifice fly in the fourth before the Beavers broke it open one inning later.
A Cadyn Grenier double, Larnach walk and Ober hit by pitch loaded the bases with no outs. Nobach plated Grenier with a sacrifice fly while Larnach and Ober scored on wild pitches for an 8-1 lead.
OSU’s final runs came in the seventh on a Gretler RBI double and Anderson RBI groundout.