Oregon State’s bombardment of San Diego continued Tuesday evening at Goss Stadium.
For the second straight day, the 10-run rule was invoked as the second-ranked Beavers bludgeoned the Toreros 19-6 in seven innings to sweep the two-game nonconference set.
OSU, which cruised to a 23-6 win in Monday’s seven-inning affair, opens a three-game road series with USC at 7 p.m. Friday.
“I’m just really happy with how we came out,” Adley Rutschman said. “Just aggressive, especially with the Stanford series, those guys are really good and these guys are good as well. I think just coming out with that energy and the focus we had is really good, and really key heading into these later in the season games.”
The Beavers (40-8-1) outscored San Diego (23-32) 42-12 in the series after taking two of three from Pac-12-leading Stanford over the weekend. The 42 combined runs are the most in consecutive games for OSU since 1985.
Trevor Larnach, Troy Claunch, Michael Gretler and Rutschman all homered for OSU, giving the Beavers 50 round-trippers in 49 games this season. It was the 17th of the year for Larnach, who is now four shy of tying Jim Wilson’s single-season school record of 21.
Rutschman went 3 for 5 with five RBIs and three runs scored before an announced crowd of 3,425. The sophomore now has 62 RBIs for the season, one shy of Larnach’s Pac-12-leading 63.
It’s the first time in program history that two players have surpassed 60 RBIs in the same season.
“Both of those guys have had wonderful years and there’s still a lot of time ahead of them,” coach Pat Casey said. “I know they don’t think about those things, they just keep hitting.”
Cadyn Grenier has now hit safely in 25 straight games after a 2-for-4 performance. The junior shortstop is closing in on Jeff Brauning’s 31-game hitting streak in 1989, the program’s longest since 1977.
“It’s just kind of a cool little statistic, that’s really all it is,” Grenier said. “It’s cool to get on a roll like this where you have one every single game, and it hasn’t been easy. I’ve been getting bunt hits and going 1 for 4 to continue the streak. It’s not something that I think of, but it is kind of fun when people bring it up.”
Steven Kwan went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
OSU starter Christian Chamberlain was rolling through 3⅓ innings before taking a Daniel Gardner line drive off his right knee. The freshman lefty did not return.
Chamberlain scattered three hits with three walks and a strikeout. Sam Tweedt (1-0) worked two innings of relief to get the win, giving up three runs on two hits.
OSU turned a 5-4-3 triple play — its first of the season — to abruptly end the top of the first before scoring five runs in the home half.
Kwan led off with a walk and Grenier followed with a single to bring up Nick Madrigal, who blooped a base hit to right for a 1-0 lead. Larnach and Gretler then drew consecutive bases-loaded walks to force in two more runs. Gretler scored on a wild pitch and Preston Jones brought home Larnach with a groundout.
Madrigal finished 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Grenier and Rutschman also scored three times.
The Beavers blasted three homers while plating eight more runs in the second.
Rutschman got things going with a three-run shot to left-center and Larnach followed with a titanic blast over the bleachers in right-center. Rutschman and Larnach also went back-to-back, but in reverse order, Monday evening.
Later in the inning, Claunch lined a three-run homer off the top of the bullpen in left. A Grenier RBI triple scored the inning’s final run for a 13-0 lead.
OSU added three more in the fifth on a Rutschman RBI single and Gretler two-run homer to left.
San Diego got on the board with four runs in the sixth, but the Beavers answered with a three-run bottom of the frame.
Another award for Heimlich
One day after winning Pac-12 player of the week honors, Oregon State ace Luke Heimlich was named national pitcher of the week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Tuesday.
Heimlich (12-1) struck out 14 in eight innings Friday as the Beavers defeated Stanford 6-2 to open a three-game series.
The senior left-hander leads the country with 12 wins.