Baseball Takes Down San Francisco In Palm Springs
March 5, 2009
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - John Wallace went 3-for-4 and Joey Wong, Jared Norris and Adalberto Santos both drove in two runs as the 24th-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated San Francisco, 11-9, Thursday at the Palm Springs Tournament.
The Beavers found themselves down, 6-5, after six and a half innings and exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Jared Norris put Oregon State ahead with a two-run infield single that bounced off the third baseman's glove and hit Santos, driving the ball toward the third base dugout. Koa Kahalehoe and Wong also drove in runs in the inning.
Oregon State added two runs in the eighth, which proved to be valuable as San Francisco rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth. But Sam Gaviglio, in just his second career appearance, kept the Dons from scoring further for his first career win.
Mark Grbavac picked up the win after going 1 2/3 inning in relief of starter Greg Peavey. Grbavac allowed three runs and two walks while striking out two - but he did not allow a hit and improved to 1-0 this season. Peavey lasted six full innings in his second start of the season, striking out four and walking one. He allowed seven hits and five runs.
Wallace paced the Beavers with three hits, while Stefen Romero collected two. Overall, the Beavers (5-2 overall) rapped out 11 hits off five San Francisco (3-8) pitchers. USF reliever Matt Hiserman took the loss and fell to 0-2 this season. He allowed all five runs in the seventh.
San Francisco started the game with three runs, going up 3-0 before the Beavers could record an out. But Oregon State did not stay down long, putting four runs across the board in the second. Logan Lotti led the inning off with a one-out single, moved to third on a single by Wallace and then saw the Beavers load the bases on a hit by pitch by John Tommasini.
Joey Wong drove in the Beavers' first run of the game on a bases loaded walk, then scored when Adalberto Santos singled to center. Wallace's and Tommasini's runs both counted as earned runs, but Wong was able to score the third run of the play when the center fielder could not handle the ball cleanly.
San Francisco managed two more runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Robert Abel drove a pitch from Oregon State starter Greg Peavey to left, scoring two. The Dons added another run in the top of the seventh when Drew Johnson posted an RBI on a sacrifice fly to center. That two-run lead evaporated quickly when the Beavers scored five in the bottom half of the inning.
Oregon State continues its play at the Palm Springs Tournament Friday when the Beavers take on No. 12 Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. PT. Catch the game live by tuning into the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
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