SURPRISE, Ariz. — On a windy Monday afternoon, the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team turned in another admirable offensive performance to wrap up opening weekend.
After collecting 20 hits in Sunday’s 16-7 victory against Cal Poly, the Beavers came back with 18 more while cruising to a 15-3 win over New Mexico at Surprise Stadium. OSU (4-0) is off the next two days before returning to action at noon Thursday against Nebraska in Arizona.
Nick Madrigal was a perfect 4 for 4 with a walk, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Beavers. Jack Anderson finished 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored while Steven Kwan was 2 for 5 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Adley Rutschman, Michael Gretler and Zak Taylor all had two hits and two RBIs apiece for OSU.
Jordan Britton picked up the win after throwing four scoreless innings of relief. The junior left-hander allowed just three hits and struck out two with one walk.
Grant Gambrell struggled with command in his first start as a Beaver, giving up two runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in three-plus innings. Gambrell, a sophomore righty, also hit a batter.
New Mexico (1-3) starter Cody Dye lasted 3⅔ and was touched for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits. Dye walked four and struck out three.
After the Lobos grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second, OSU exploded for a five-run bottom of the third.
Madrigal lined a single to left that plated Anderson and Cadyn Grenier, who reached on base hits of their own. The reigning Pac-12 player of the year then alertly scored from second when shortstop Hayden Schilling threw away a Rutschman grounder.
Gretler delivered the final blow, launching a double to left-center that drove in Rutschman and Trevor Larnach.
Larnach, who homered in the first three games of the season, was 0 for 3 with two walks.
Rutschman extended the lead to 7-2 in the fourth by singling home Madrigal and Kwan. The Beavers added four more in the fifth on a Taylor RBI single, Grenier sacrifice fly and a two-RBI triple from Kwan.
Joe Casey, Anderson, Taylor and Kwan knocked in one run apiece down the stretch for the Beavers’ final runs.