Turning Point: The Beavers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but they seized control of the game in a four-run second, capped by Mike Lissman’s three-run homer to left field.
The Hero: Darwin Barney exudes confidence, and his swagger rubs off on his teammates. Barney was just 1-for-3 with a pair of walks in a game when four teammates posted three-hit days, but his sparkling defense at shortstop stood out more than any other individual performance.
You May Not Have Noticed: Chris Hopkins and Joey Wong provided huge sparks out of the first two spots in the Oregon State lineup, combining to go 6-for-10 with three RBIs. Hopkins helped put the game away early, lining crisp hits in each of the first three innings and scoring twice, while Wong executed a perfect sacrifice bunt in the first and doubled home a run in the second.