Folsom Has Seven RBI As Beavers Blast Northern Illinois
Feb. 26, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - Rob Folsom collected four hits and seven RBI and Jared Norris and Stefen Romero hit back-to-back home runs as the Oregon State baseball team defeated Northern Illinois, 23-7, Thursday afternoon at the opening game of the DeMarini Invitational at Packard Stadium.
'This was a good offensive day and a great start to the tournament,' head coach Pat Casey said. 'We got a chance to get a lot of guys in the game which is key early in the season.'
The Beavers scored nine runs in both the second and seventh innings to cruise to the victory. Including the ninth inning of the second game of the Tennessee series, the Beavers have three innings of eight or more runs in just three games this season.
Folsom drove in his first runs of the game on a bases-clearing triple in the second, part of Oregon State's (2-1 overall) nine-run inning. He drove in his fourth run of the game in the third on a single to left. Folsom sat on four RBI for the next three innings before driving in his fifth run of the game on a single up the middle in the seventh.
Folsom capped off the Beavers' nine-run seventh with a single up the middle in the seventh, which also saw the Beavers post nine runs. The single drove in two and were the final two runs of the inning. OSU sent 13 batters to the plate in the seventh, recording six hits. That matched the second inning, which set the tone for the victory.
Norris led off the ninth with a shot to center, and was followed by Romero with a solo blast to left. Both came off Zach Badgley, Northern Illinois' fifth pitcher of the game. Norris and Romero are the first Beavers to record back-to-back home runs since Mitch Canham and Shea McFeely hit consecutive shots against Washington in 2005.
Overall, the Beavers tattooed the Huskies for 20 hits, easily a season high, and the most in a game since finishing with 22 against BYU in the 18th game of last season. Oregon State's starters in the 1-4 slots in the lineup - Wong, Adalberto Santos, Ryan Ortiz and Romero - contributed with seven hits combined. The Beavers' reserves, meanwhile, finished with seven hits as well.
Greg Peavey was the lucky recipient of the enormous run support. The right-hander picked up his first win of the season after making his first appearance, which consisted of 5 1/3 innings, seven hits, three runs and two walks.
Brandon Copp lasted just one inning for Northern Illinois (1-4), surrendering five hits and nine runs. He walked six and struck out one to fall to 0-2 this season.
Oregon State continues its trip to Tempe and the DeMarini Invitational Friday against Missouri. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT and can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
Oregon State Notes: A number of Beavers made significant firsts in the game ... Nick Stiltner made his first career appearance and proceeded to strikeout the first two batters he faced ... Michael Miller got his first hit and his first RBI on a single in the seventh ... Mike Chiarelli also doubled in his first OSU at bat in the eighth ... Oregon State's single-game program record for walks is 22 against Chico State in 1985 ... The single-game record for runs driven in by a player is nine by Ken Bowen in 1985, also against Chico State.
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