Baseball Holds Off Texas Tech In Palm Springs Finale
March 8, 2009
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A four-run seventh inning erased a one-run deficit for the 24th-ranked Oregon State baseball team as the Beavers defeated Texas Tech, 9-6, Sunday in OSU's finale in Palm Springs.
'This was an important win to come away with and to leave Palm Springs with,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'We had timely hitting today and really took advantage of our walks and hits.'
Down 6-5 entering the bottom half of the seventh, Oregon State sent nine batters to the plate and finished the inning off with four runs, giving the Beavers a three-run cushion. Ryan Ortiz and Adalberto reached on consecutive walks and then moved to second and third, respectively, when Koa Kahalehoe was hit by a pitch. Then, the Beavers tied the game at six when Brett Casey was hit by a pitch. Casey had been pinch hitting for pinch hitter Blake Gibbs and was brought in to face reliever Brian Cloud.
After Jared Norris flew out for the first out of the inning, John Tommasini walked, bringing in Santos for a 7-6 lead. Joey Wong then singled to right, bringing in Casey and Kahalehoe for a 9-6 advantage.
Wong, Santos and Stefen Romero all finished with two hits to pace the Beavers, who finished 3-1 at the Palm Springs Tournament. Oregon State also defeated San Francisco on Thursday and UC Riverside on Saturday. The Beavers lost to No. 12 Oklahoma State on Friday.
Oregon State (7-3 overall) originally had a 5-2 lead after the third inning Sunday, posting six hits at that point. Romero and Santos both drove in runs in the first. The Beavers added two more in the third when Romero doubled home John Wallace and Ortiz got Romero in from second on a single to left.
Texas Tech (6-8) moved to within one with solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings, then took the lead in the top of the seventh when Chris Richburg hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot off reliever Nick Stiltner.
Stiltner ended the game with the victory, the first of his career. He threw one full inning, allowing two hits and two runs. He improved to 1-0 on the year.
Jorge Reyes started the game, going six full innings in his second start of the year. He did not figure in the decision after allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out three and walking two.
Kevin Rhoderick came in the ninth and worked a perfect inning for his third save of the season.
Kraig Sitton and Josh Osich also worked in relief for the Beavers. Osich went 2/3 of an inning, leaving the game in the eighth with the bases loaded. Sitton got the next batter, Joey Kenworthy, to ground out, 1-3, stranding the bases loaded. Thus far this season, Sitton has inherited eight runners when entering a game, and has stranded every single one.
All told, the Beavers wrapped out nine hits off six Texas Tech pitchers. Jordan Stern took the loss after allowing two runs and two walks in 1/3 of an inning. He dropped to 0-1 this season.
Oregon State gets back into action Friday when the Beavers play host to Missouri State at the Papé Grand Slam. First pitch at PGE Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT.
The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including www.ticketmaster.com, and by calling (503) 224-4400. Tickets will also be made available at the PGE Park box office.
Single-game tickets for the Papé Grand Slam are $10 for adults and $5 for youths (ages 3-18), with each seat being general admission. Oregon State students who present their ID on game day can also get seats for $5. Those who have season tickets for the 2009 Oregon State baseball season will have a specific number of sections reserved for them on the Oregon State dugout side of PGE Park.
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