Beavers Stopped by Rain in Papé Grand Slam

March 14, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - Greg Peavey pitched 5 2/3 innings and tied a career high with seven strikeouts, but the Beavers bats could not keep up as Missouri State took a 3-0 lead into a rain delay in the second installment of the Papé Grand Slam in Portland, Ore. on Saturday at PGE Park.

The game is currently scheduled to resume on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game was suspended with two outs in the top of the seventh inning with runners on first and second, and Missouri State right fielder Ben Carlson at the plate with a 2-1 count.

Peavey pitched arguably his best game of the season, tying a career high with seven strikeouts, a number last achieved in the 2008 Papé Grand Slam against Georgia on March, 2nd. He allowed three earned runs on five hits, both season lows.

Peavey's effort was topped by Bears' starter Buddy Baumann, who went six innings and allowed no runs and just three hits. He equaled Peavey's seven strikeouts while allowing Beaver baserunners in just two of his six innings.

Oregon State came closest to putting runs on the board in the sixth inning, when Joey Wong began the rally with a one out single. As the rain began to pick up, Wong beat out a slow roller to the shortstop, while Santos walked to put two Oregon State runners on. Romero followed with a drive deep into the right-centerfield gap, but was denied by a diving catch by the Bears right fielder Carlson. Another drive to right by Ryan Ortiz was caught, leaving the Beavers down three going into the seventh.

The Bears struck first in the top of the second, after Brayden Drake led the inning off with a single past second basemen John Tommasini. Drake stole second moments later and was driven home by Chris Playter on a double past the outstretched glove of third basemen Stefan Romero. Ben Carlson extended the lead in the third with a solo home run down the right field line to give Missouri State a 2-0 lead.

Missouri State would add to their lead in the sixth, after Peavey loaded the bases. Mark Grbavac was brought in to end the inning, but threw a wild pitch that brought in one run before striking out Dallas Hord to end the inning.

The series finale is scheduled for 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.

Oregon State Notes: Adalberto Santos started at first base for the first time this season... Greg Peavey started the game off with 7 straight strikes before throwing his first ball on his way to striking out the side in the first inning... Peavey has shown his comfort in PGE Park by recording both of his top two career strikeout performances in Portland.

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