SURPRISE, Ariz. — Trevor Larnach hit his second home run of the season and Christian Chamberlain tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team held on for a 4-3 win over Gonzaga on Saturday at Surprise Stadium.
Gonzaga’s Jake Vieth opened the ninth inning with a single off the right field wall, later scoring on a wild pitch by Oregon State sophomore reliever Jake Mulholland to pull to within one. But Mulholland, with a runner at third and one down, recovered with a shallow flyout to center and a strikeout to close out the win, picking up his first save of 2018.
Larnach blasted an 0-1 pitch into the left field bullpen to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth, and later watched when Andy Armstrong drove his first hit of the season into center to drive in Preston Jones for the Beavers’ (2-0) fourth run of the game. That run proved to be key entering the ninth.
Chamberlain, making his collegiate debut, held the Bulldogs scoreless. He walked two and struck out three, after coming on in relief of starter Sam Tweedt in the fifth, to earn his first win.
Taylor Davis took the loss for Gonzaga (0-2) after allowing four hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings. He came on in relief of starter Mac Lardner, who did not figure in the decision after limiting the Beavers to five hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Tweedt also did not figure in the decision. He allowed three hits and two runs – one earned – in 4 1/3 innings.
Larnach has reached base in seven of his first eight at-bats this season, which includes two home runs, a double and single to go with three RBIs and three walks.
Oregon State’s bullpen, which has consisted of Brandon Eisert, Chamberlain and Mulholland, has combined to allow two hits, one run and two walks with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings this season. Both Eisert and Mulholland have saves while Chamberlain picked up a win on Saturday.
Larnach, Nick Madrigal and Zak Taylor – who also homered in Saturday’s win – have combined for four homers this season, while the Oregon State pitching staff has yet to allow one.
The OSU staff has given up just nine hits over the first 18 innings of the season, with one going for extra bases.
By comparison, the Beavers have seven hits going for extra bases – three doubles in addition to the four home runs. OSU has 19 hits in 64 at bats, a .297 average.
Oregon State returns to action Sunday in a noon first pitch against Cal Poly.