Beavers win Civil War series opener

CORVALLIS — Luke Heimlich struck out 12 to become Oregon State’s record holder for career strikeouts and Trevor Larnach and Tyler Malone homered to pace the Beavers to a 5-2 win over Oregon in front of 3,962 fans at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

The game was the opener of the 2017-18 Civil War Series, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, Spirit Mountain Casino, Safeway-Albertsons and your local Toyota Dealers. The win pushed the Beavers to 27-6 on the year, with an 8-5 record in Pac-12 Conference play. Oregon is 19-16 overall and 6-10 in league games.

Heimlich won his Pac-12 leading ninth win of the season on the strength of 7 1/3 innings, where he held Oregon to four hits and two runs – one earned. He struck out 12, with his seventh, coming in the third inning, breaking Jonah Nickerson’s school-record for strikeouts.

Heimlich now has 305 strikeouts in 76 career games. He also has 29 wins, which ranks him third at OSU, behind only Ken Noble (30) and Ben Wetzler (36).

The Beavers opened the game’s scoring with RBI singles by Cadyn Grenier in the first and Nick Madrigal in the second. After the Ducks scored one in the third, Larnach launched his 11th home run of the season in the bottom half of the inning. He then watched as Tyler Malone hit his third in as many games — a two-run blast — in the fifth to send Oregon State to a four-run advantage.

Oregon’s Matt Mercer allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings. The righty walked three and struck out six, and was charged with the loss to drop to 4-4 on the year.

Jake Mulholland worked a scoreless ninth for his 10th save of the season.

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