Oregon State Comes Up Short in Papé Grand Slam Finale
March 15, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. - Sam Gaviglio struck out a career-high eight and pitched his longest outing of the season, and Adalberto Santos extended his hitting streak to eight games but the Beavers dropped the third game of the Papé Grand Slam to Missouri State, 4-2.
Gaviglio turned in the finest performance of his young Oregon State career in relief of starter Jorge Reyes. He pitched 6 1/3 innings while allowing just three baserunners, and did not allow a walk. By striking out eight Missouri State hitters Gaviglio surpassed Tyler Waldron's seven strikeouts against Arizona State for the most strikeouts for an Oregon State pitcher in the 2009 season.
Stefen Romero and John Wallace both had two hits for the Beavers. Oregon State loaded the bases in the ninth before ultimately falling to the Bears for the second time in the series. Santos was 1-for-4 with one walk to extend his team high hitting streak to eight games.
Missouri State starter Aaron Meade pitched six scoreless innings. He struck out six Beaver hitters and allowed four hits and walked three.
The Beavers made their final push for the lead in the ninth, started by Brett Casey's second walk of the game and a John Tommasini single. A Santos groundout advanced Casey to third and Romero walked to load the bases for Ryan Ortiz, who struck out on four pitches to end the game.
Oregon State rallied in the seventh inning, putting their first two runners on against reliever Cody Aycock. After Tommasini advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, the Bears went to Brant Combs to try and end the Beaver rally. After a Joey Wong groundout and a walk by Santos, Stefan Romero lined a 1-1 offering into shallow centerfield to score two runs and make it a 4-2 game.
The top of the Missouri State lineup got to Reyes early, as three straight one-out singles gave the Bears an early 1-0 lead. With two runners on in the second inning, Kevin Medrano drove the ball deep into the right-centerfield gap for a two-run triple. Brayden Drake followed that with a double that scored the Bear's fourth run of the game.
The Beavers will return to action on Thursday, March 19 as they host Utah Valley in their first game of the season at newly renovated Goss Stadium.
Oregon State Notes: After appearing in five games this season, Kyle Beverley made his first start of the season, serving as the designated hitter... Mike Chiarelli also made his first start of the season, serving as the catcher while Ryan Ortiz made his first start of the season at first base... With a single in the first inning, Adalberto Santos extended his hitting streak to eight games, a team high... Sam Gaviglio's 6 1/3 innings pitched was the longest outing by a Beaver pitcher this season.
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