SURPRISE, Ariz. — Trevor Larnach hit three home runs in his first two baseball seasons at Oregon State.
The red-hot junior outfielder needed just six at-bats in 2018 to match that total, blasting his third home run in as many games Sunday afternoon during the second-ranked Beavers’ 16-7 rout of Cal Poly at Surprise Stadium.
Larnach, an all-Pac-12 honorable mention recipient a season ago, was 4 for 4 with a walk, four RBIs and three runs scored against the Mustangs (1-2). He is 8 for 9 with four walks, three homers and seven RBIs through three games in Arizona.
The Beavers (3-0) battered Cal Poly’s pitching staff for 20 hits. Larnach, Cadyn Grenier (3 for 6), Steven Kwan (2 for 4), Nick Madrigal (2 for 5) Adley Rutschman (2 for 3, two RBIs), Preston Jones (2 for 4, two RBIs) and Zak Taylor (2 for 5, two RBIs) were OSU’s top performers.
Bryce Fehmel was economical in his 6⅔ innings of work, throwing 53 strikes to just 19 balls while allowing four runs on seven hits. Fehmel, a junior right-hander, struck out three with no walks to get the win.
In his OSU debut, freshman righty Kevin Abel struck out one and gave up four hits and no walks in 1⅓ scoreless innings of relief.
Cal Poly starter Bobby Aly was tagged with six runs (five earned) on six hits in 2⅔.
Larnach led off the second with an opposite-field shot to left that gave OSU a 1-0 lead. The California native is the first OSU player to homer in three consecutive games since Michael Conforto in 2013.
After Larnach’s homer, Rutschman drew a five-pitch walk, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a Michael Gretler groundout.
The Beavers broke it open with a four-run third, getting RBI singles from Rutschman, Jones and Taylor. Jones, a sophomore outfielder, knocked in two with his two-out base hit.
Larnach made it 8-2 in the fourth with a two-RBI double to left-center that brought home Kwan and Madrigal. Two innings later, Larnach, Rutschman and Taylor all had RBI singles that extended the lead to 11-3.
OSU kept pouring it on in the seventh, going up 16-4 on a Zack Zalesky sacrifice fly and more run-scoring singles from Grenier, Madrigal and Andy Armstrong.
Cal Poly tried to keep pace by scratching across runs in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh, including solo homers by Bradlee Beesley and Kyle Marinconz. The Mustangs also plated three more in the ninth, but OSU had too much firepower on a pleasant afternoon in the desert.
The Beavers continue play in Arizona at 1 p.m. Monday against New Mexico.