After a dramatic win the night before, the Beavers saw their win streak snapped at 11 with a 2-0 loss to last place Washington State in the series finale.
The Cougars again were the first ones on the board. After a 1 out walk in the second inning, Brett Jacobs and Derek Jones had back-to-back singles and the Cougars took a 1-0 lead. Osich was able to strand two runners to finish the inning but Washington State did take a 1-0 lead. It didn’t feel like the Beavers would struggle for runs but they did.
With runners on first and third and two outs in the sixth inning for the Cougars, Jay Pociano hit a dribbler to third base and Kavin Keyes had trouble getting it out of his glove and by the time he threw it to first Pociano was called safe. Replays showed it was a bad call, but Keyes having trouble getting it out of his glove allowed the ump to make that call. Keyes struggled all series with getting the ball out of his glove. He never really looked all that comfortable in the series at third base. Not his natural position.
The Beavers had an opportunity to score in the bottom half of the frame. With runners on first and second, Danny Hayes hit a ball really well to center field, but it was tracked down.
With runners on second and third in the bottom of the 7th inning, Dylan Jones looked at strike three, It a golden opportunity to score some runs but they couldn’t get it done.
The Beavers had another shot with two outs to score in the bottom of the 8th inning. Kavin Keyes stepped up with runners on first and second and two outs, he eventually swung and missed at a pitch way above the zone. He looked to be doing too much and changing his approach too much. He had been trying to pull the ball the whole series and that isn’t who he is. He hits it to all fields. He just got out of his game.
After Ryan Dunn reached base in the bottom of the ninth, the Beavers suddenly had life. That didn’t last long though, as Tyler Smith grounded into a double play and the Beavers fell 2-0. It was strange seeing them able to complete the comeback. They had done so often the last 4 weeks or so, they looked invincible. Every win streak must end at some point. It just happened to end on a Saturday afternoon to a feisty Cougars squad. The Beavers seemed to feeling the pressure of the long afternoon and it just wore them down. They just weren’t themselves. With that loss I expect the Beavers to get back to winning baseball.
The Beavers fell to 10-2 in conference play and 29-8 on the season.
Josh Osich lost his first game since 2008. He went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs. That was definitely a good start for him. He will continue to get better.