Cougar baseball stifled in game two against OSU

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball (24-25, 10-16) was shutout by a score of 5-0 in game two of a three-game series against Oregon State (44-4, 26-3). The offense was stifled as the Cougars only managed two hits in nine innings.

Redshirt junior right-hander Jake Thompson continued his impressive 2017 campaign as he tossed a complete game shutout for the Beavers. Not a single WSU hitter reached second base on Saturday, which allowed Thompson to get through the day with 104 pitches.

Named a top 100 collegiate draft prospect in 2017 by Baseball America, Thompson improved his unprecedented season ERA to 1.01, currently ranking third in the nation and second in the Pac-12. Thompson’s teammate, junior left-hander Luke Heimlich, ranks first in the nation.

Junior infielder Shane Matheny and freshman infielder Dillon Plew were the lone Cougar batters to record hits. Sophomore infielder Andres Alvarez and Matheny both reached on walks, but no batter in the bottom two-thirds of the order reached base.

Junior left-hander Cody Anderson started the game for WSU on the mound. Anderson did not have a terrible outing, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in five innings. Due to a lack of run support, Anderson took the loss.

In the first inning, Anderson worked out of trouble, keeping Oregon State at bay for the first three frames. However, OSU finally broke through in the fourth inning with a single, a walk and a two-run double by sophomore outfielder Trevor Larnach.

The Beavers added another insurance run in the sixth inning off Anderson and got a couple more in the seventh inning with senior left-hander Trenton Dupre pitching to run the score to 5-0, earning Oregon State its 11th consecutive game victory.

The Cougars look to salvage game three against OSU at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Corvallis, Oregon.