CORVALLIS – Grant Gambrell tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts in a career-long 8 1/3 innings to send Oregon State to a 2-0 win over Washington State in front of 3,968 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field Sunday afternoon.
The win pushed Oregon State (31-10-1 overall) to a series sweep of the Cougars, and sent the Beavers to a Pac-12 Conference best 17-4 mark in league play. Oregon State has swept four of its seven Pac-12 series this season.
Gambrell held the Cougars to singles by Dillon Plew and Bradley Polinsky, in the third and fifth innings, respectively. The righty retired the 14 batters he faced and ended the day with 12 strikeouts and just walks issued. Washington State was 0-for-7 against him with runners on base and 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
He dropped his earned run average to 2.57 and improved to 4-1 with the win.
The Beavers managed two runs on nine hits in the win. Troy Claunch was 2-for-4, and his fourth-inning double set up a sacrifice fly by Jake Dukart to put the Beavers on board.
Andy Armstrong was also 2-for-4, and he gave the Beavers an insurance run with a single in the sixth, scoring Claunch from third. Armstrong later tripled in the eighth, but was stranded.
Washington State (8-31-1, 1-16-1) starter Brandon White was relieved by Hayden Rosenkrantz after 4 1/3 innings. The righty allowed four hits and a run, issuing a walk with two strikeouts. White took the loss to drop to 2-7 this season.
Christian Chamberlain picked up his second save of the season by retiring the final two batters of the game.
Oregon State stays home for a Tuesday matchup with Gonzaga at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. First pitch is slated for 5:35 p.m. PT, with a live video stream available on osubeavers.com.