Beavers Rally Falls Short in Second Game of Papé Grand Slam
March 15, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. - Greg Peavey pitched 5 2/3 innings and tied a career high in strikeouts and John Tommasini drove in two runs in the seventh inning, but it was not enough to overcome Missouri State as the Beavers dropped the second game of the Papé Grand Slam 5-3.
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.
Oregon State pitcher Craig Sitton took the mound after throwing three pitches in the seventh before the game was suspended. Zak Swyhart took Carlson's place at the plate when game resumed, and Sitton was relived by Kevin Rhoderick after one failed pickoff throw moved the runners to second and third. Rhoderick quickly ended the threat with two straight strikes to retire Swyhart by strikeout.
Oregon State's bats used the game delay to their advantage and Blake Gibbs led of the bottom of the seventh with an opposite field single and was moved to second by a Ryan Gorton walk. With two outs in the inning John Tommasini continued his hot series at the plate, driving a two-out double over the head of Swyhart in left field to drive in two and breathe new life into the Beavers.
Rhoderick gave the two runs back in the top of the eighth thanks to two bases-loaded walks. Rob Folsom got the Beavers off to a quick start in the ninth inning with a double into left-centerfield and advanced to third thanks to an error by Swyhart in left. Folsom was able to score shortly thereafter thanks to a passed ball, but Oregon State could not muster the final two runs needed to tie the game and Missouri State was able to come away with the win.
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 before being driven out by the rain, 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.
The Beavers were able to get runners into scoring position twice in Baumann's six innings. In the fourth inning, singles by Adalberto Santos and Ryan Ortiz put runners on first and second before Blake Gibbs struck out to end the threat.
Oregon State had another opportunity in the sixth after they used a single by Joey Wong and a Santos walk to put two runners on. Stefan Romero then drove a ball into the gap in right-centerfield that was snagged by Carlson, who laid out to make the run-saving grab.
Missouri State got their first lead of the game after a double by Chris Playter in the second inning that scored Brayden Drake from second. A home run by Ben Carlson in the third and a bases-loaded wild pitch in the sixth by Mark Grbavac gave the Bears a 3-0 lead that they held until the game was called due to rain.
The series finale of the Papé Grand Slam is scheduled to follow the completion of Saturday's game at 2:20 p.m.
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... Ryan Gorton walked in his first appearance at the plate for the Beavers, pinch-hitting for John Wallace in the bottom of the seventh. Gorton has made one appearance on the mound so far this year, when he threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball...
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