SAN DIEGO – Andy Armstrong hit a home run and drove in five runs to highlight an offensive night for Oregon State in a 13-1 win over San Diego State Thursday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Troy Claunch also homered while Kyler McMahan tied a career-best with a four-hit night as the Beavers tallied 17 hits as a team in the series-opening win.
Armstrong headlined the offensive outburst with a three-run home run in the seventh inning. It followed a solo home run from Claunch to lead off the inning. It marked Claunch’s team-leading third home run of the season.
Armstrong, who had four hits against Mississippi State Sunday, drove in the Beavers’ first run of the night via a sacrifice fly in the second. He also drove in a run on a single in the fourth.
Tied at one after three, the Beavers (4-4 overall) sent nine to the plate in a four-run fourth inning. Armstrong, Claunch, Preston Jones and Micah McDowell all drove in runs in the frame.
McMahan tied his career-best with four hits, previously set last season versus Nebraska. He singled in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
McDowell also set a season-high with three hits.
Jake Pfennigs made his third start of the season for the Beavers and worked five innings. The righty scattered three hits and a run while striking out three. He improved to 2-1 this season.
Pfennigs was followed by four scoreless innings from relievers Will Frisch, who worked two innings, Joey Mundt and Jake Mulholland.
San Diego State (6-3) starter Brian Leonhardt lasted just 2 2/3 innings, throwing 55 pitches where he allowed two hits and a run with three walks and three strikeouts. He did not figure in the decision. The loss went to reliever Casey O’Sullivan, whom the Beavers recorded two hits and three runs against in 2/3 of an inning. He is 0-1 this season.
The teams continue the series Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. PT.
On The Hill
Oregon State is slated to send lefty Christian Chamberlain to the hill in Friday’s game. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He’ll be countered by San Diego State right-hander Michael Paredes, who is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA.
Follow The Series
All four games of the series will air on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn. Only game four of the series will have streaming video, via the Mountain West Network, with the link available on osubeavers.com.
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Andy Armstrong’s five RBI marked a career-high for the senior, surpassing his previous mark of two, set seven times. The last Beaver to drive in five runs in a game was Adley Rutschman last year, on April 26 versus Washington State.
Speaking Of Armstrong
Andy Armstrong has had an impressive two-game stretch. He is 6-for-8 over the last two, versus Mississippi State and San Diego State, as he went 4-for-5 against the Bulldogs on Sunday.
Jake Pfennigs’ second win of the season pushed Oregon State’s starting pitchers’ record to 3-2 this season. The starters have given up 28 hits in 38 1/3 innings while allowing 16 earned runs (3.76 ERA). The starters have combined to strike out 41.
Jake Pfennigs is now 2-0 lifetime against San Diego State, as he also picked up a victory over the Aztecs in 2019. The righty has worked seven innings over two appearances, allowing eight hits and two runs (1.29 ERA) with five strikeouts.
That Tops The Pac-12
Oregon State’s season-high 17 hits gave the Beavers 83 on the season, which now leads the Pac-12. The team’s 17 hits also marked a single-game high by a Pac-12 team this season.
First OF Assist
Preston Jones recorded Oregon State’s first outfield assist this season. The senior threw out baserunner Jaden Fein, who was attempting to score on a lineout to left in the fifth inning. The double play was the Beavers’ second of the game.
First OSU Hits
Jacob Melton and J.D. McLaughlin both picked up their first career hits as Beavers. Melton reached on an infield single in the eighth and McLaughlin singled past the first baseman in the ninth.
Claunch’s First Two ABs
Troy Claunch faced 16 pitches over his first two at bats. He struck out on a nine-pitch AB in the first, then walked on 3-2 and seven pitches in the third.
Under The Lights
Thursday’s game marked the first night game for the Beavers this season. OSU and SDSU will play two more 6 p.m. games during the series before concluding it with a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday.