Gaviglio, Tommasini, Miller Combine To Hold Down Saint Mary's

March 22, 2009

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - John Tommasini drove in three runs and Michael Miller knocked in two more in his first start of the season as the Oregon State baseball team improved to 4-0 at Goss Stadium in the 2009 by defeating Saint Mary's, 9-3, in the fourth game of a five-game homestand.

Tommasini and Miller combined to go five-for-seven from the bottom two spots of the order and scored four of the Beavers nine runs. Both players were in the middle of Beaver rallies in the second and seventh that turned the game in favor of Oregon State. Miller's two hits were a career high, as were his two RBI and two runs scored.

'We got good production from the bottom part of our lineup, which has given us balance offensively as we are nearing the end of our homestand,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'Sam Gaviglio had a good outing today and we got a good effort from our bullpen.'

Adalberto Santos continued his hot hitting with an RBI single in the fourth inning that extended his hit streak to 12 games. Catcher Ryan Ortiz went two-for-four from the plate to give him a four-game hitting streak. Over those four games, Ortiz has hit .467 with five RBIs and five runs scored.

Stefen Romero also recorded two singles for his team-leading 10th multi-hit game of the season.

Sam Gaviglio received a win in his first start of his collegiate career, going five innings while allowing three runs. He did not walk a batter for the fourth time in five appearances and has only allowed one free pass all season. Gaviglio improved to 3-0 this season.

James Nygren came on in relief of Gaviglio and held Saint Mary's (13-10 overall) without a hit for two innings for his fifth scoreless outing of the year. Kraig Sitton and Kevin Rhoderick threw one inning each to finish the game off and combined to strike out five hitters in the eighth and ninth innings while allowing just two baserunners.

The Beavers (12-5) held a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning when Romero drove a pitch into left field and Brett Casey followed with a walk to put runners on first and second for Miller. The Oregon State left fielder proceeded to pull the ball into the right field corner on a grounder past the first base bag and raced around the bases for a two-RBI triple that put the game away for the Beavers.

Brandon Berl started for Saint Mary's and took the loss to drop to 1-1 this season. He lasted just three innings, allowing five hits and four runs.

Oregon State finishes its five-game homestand Monday afternoon against Hawai'i at Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled 4 p.m. PT. The game can be heard live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. A full video webcast is available at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

Oregon State Notes: Michael Miller started for the first time this season, manning left field for the Beavers... Ryan Ortiz swiped second base in the third inning for his first stolen base of 2009 and the second of his Oregon State career... The first six Oregon State runs scored with two outs... Kevin Rhoderick made his team-leading eighth appearance out of the bullpen when he came on for the ninth inning... John Tommasini tied a season high with two RBI, and recorded his third multi-hit game of the season... Joey Wong singled in the sixth to give himself a four-game hit streak.

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