CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michael Gretler drove in two runs and Jake Mulholland tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his sixth save of the season as the Oregon State baseball team defeated Cal State Fullerton, 5-4, in front of 3,542 fans at Goss Stadium Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Beavers (15-1 overall) took the series over the Titans. Oregon State has now won 16 consecutive regular-season series dating back to the 2016 season.
Mulholland’s ninth inning was perfect but not without some late excitement. He retired Ruban Cardenas and Daniel Cope to open the inning, but saw a 1-1 pitch to Hank LoForte hit deep to the fence in right. Trevor Larnach made a jump at the warning track, keeping the ball from hitting the fence and capping the series victory.
Gretler extended his hit streak to eight games with a two-run single in the first inning. That highlighted a four-run frame for the Beavers, who chased Cal State Fullerton starter Blake Workman before he was able to record an out. OSU tallied four runs in the inning to take a three-run lead.
Workman ended the game with the loss, dropping to 0-3. He faced just six batters and allowed three hits and four runs with two walks.
The Beavers jumped out to a 5-1 lead via a Cadyn Grenier sacrifice fly in the fourth, but then saw the Titans (4-10) score two in the fifth and one in the seventh to pull within one.
Christian Chamberlain earned his second win of the season after allowing one hit and one run in two innings of relief. He spelled starter Grant Gambrell in the fifth after he allowed three hits and three runs with five walks and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Mulholland’s save marked the 12th of his career, moving him into a tie for sixth all-time at Oregon State.
Oregon State hits the road for a three-game series that starts Friday night at California. First pitch at Evans Diamond in Berkeley is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT. Note, there will not be live video or TV during the series so make sure to follow the team via social media and on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn.
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