CORVALLIS — Jack Anderson walked on 3-2 count with the bases-loaded in the ninth inning Friday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, sending top-ranked Oregon State to a 4-3 comeback victory over Washington State in a Pac-12 Conference baseball game.
Anderson’s walk was the second-in-a-row for the Beavers against Washington State closer Scotty Sunitsch, sending OSU to yet another walkoff this season. Steven Kwan also battled against the left-hander, walking on an inside pitch, also on 3-2. That walk tied the game against the Cougars, who held a 3-1 lead after a two-run sixth inning off starter Luke Heimlich.
The Beavers (43-4, 25-3 Pac-12) began their comeback in the eighth. Adley Rutschman hit a deep sac fly to center off Ryan Walker, pulling OSU to within one.
Then, in the ninth, Trevor Larnach singled to open the inning. Elliott Cary, pinch running for Larnach, moved to second on a sac bunt. Andy Atwood earned the first walk of the ninth, then Nick Madrigal, with two outs, walked to load the bases.
The 25th win in conference play pushed OSU to the most wins in league play since the 1999 unification, and surpassed the team’s 2014 record of 24-6. With another win, the Beavers can equal Arizona State’s conference record of 26 league wins set in 1981.
Heimlich earned the win after the ninth-inning rally, picking up his ninth of the year after holding WSU to eight hits and three runs – two earned – in a complete-game effort. He struck out eight.
Sunitsch (2-4) took the loss.
Larnach and Kwan each tallied two hits to pace the Beavers, while Madrigal walked three times.