Baseball Takes Civil War Series Game One

March 27, 2009

Eugene, Ore. -

The Beavers baseball team added four runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach for the Ducks in a 7-1 victory at PK Park in Eugene, Ore., Friday during the Civil War series presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers in front of a sellout crowd. The game marked the first between the two clubs in 28 years.

Oregon State started off the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead, but added four big runs by capitalizing on three errors by Duck pitchers to take the 7-1 lead.

Beaver catcher Ryan Ortiz stroked a line drive to center field to start off the ninth inning for his second hit of the day. Ortiz then advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher on an attempted pickoff play to first. Stefan Romero followed by reaching safely on another error by the Duck pitcher to put runners at first and second.

Oregon brought in reliever Scott McGough who allowed Michael Miller to reach safely when he botched a throw, allowing Ortiz to score, Romero to advance to third and Miller to go to second. Logan Boyd was intentionally walked and was then pinch ran for by Kyle Beverly.

Pinch hitter Jared Norris singled through the right side, scoring Romero and Miller. John Wallace hit a fly ball to left, scoring Beverly from third and giving the Beavers the 7-1 lead.

Kraig Sitton recorded his first save of the year when he came in and pitched the final 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two via the swing in the bottom of the ninth.   

Sophomore transfer Tyler Waldron had an outstanding performance in his first Civil War debut, pitching 7 1/3 innings. He gave up just one run on five hits for his second win of the season.

Oregon State (14-5 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10 Conference) struck first in the top of the third inning when Adalberto Santos drove a single through the left side scoring center fielder John Wallace from second.

The Beavers added two more runs during the fourth when Wallace singled through the right side past the first baseman to score Rob Folsom and Carter Bell.

Folsom led off the top of the fourth with a single through the right side. Bell tried to sacrifice himself with a bunt but drew a walk instead, advancing Folsom to second.

Wallace had one hit in the game in three plate appearances, but drove in three runs for the Beavers.

John Tommasini came to the plate and bunted the ball down the third base line with the pitcher Tyler Anderson fielding. Anderson’s throw forced the first baseman Andrew Schmidt off the bag, allowing Tommasini to reach safely.  

Oregon (10-13, 0-1 Pac-10) broke through in the bottom of the fourth when Caleb Tommasini, brother of Oregon State second baseman J. Tommasini, singled to left field past a diving Joey Wong. C. Tommasini advanced to second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Mitch Karraker.

After a KC Serna walk, Schmidt drove in C. Tommasini on a base hit to center. That brought the score to 3-1 in favor of the Beavers.

The Beavers threatened in the top half of the seventh and eighth innings, but could not push any across. They managed to add on four insurance runs in the ninth though to help seal the win.

The Civil War presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers moves up to PGE Park in Portland, Ore. for the final two games of the series. Saturday’s first pitch time is set for 6 p.m. and Sunday is a 1 p.m. PST start.

OSU Notes: Today’s game between the Beavers and the Ducks marked the first Civil War baseball games since 1981 … Adalberto Santos extended his hitting streak to 14 games … Ryan Ortiz extended his hit streak to six games … with John Tommasini extended his hitting streak to three games. The Beavers now have a three game win streak against the Ducks going back to 1981.


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