Reyes, Romero Lead Baseball In Series Finale Win Over Oregon

March 29, 2009

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Jorge Reyes threw seven strong innings and Stefen Romero posted his 10th multiple-RBI game of the season as the Oregon State baseball team took the Civil War series finale over Oregon, 8-1, in front of 13,709 fans at PGE Park on Sunday.

'This was a very good win in front of a great atmosphere today,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'Jorge did an outstanding job and we jumped on them early to get an important cushion. Getting the series win is important in the first Pac-10 weekend for us.'

Reyes won his second straight game after going a full seven innings against the Ducks. He limited Oregon to just two hits while walking three and striking out six to improve to 4-1 this season and 13-7 all-time as a starter. His only run allowed came in the seventh and was unearned.

In his last two starts, the native of Warden, Wash., has scattered six hits and three earned runs over 14 innings of work. During that stretch, in which he is 2-0, Reyes has struck out 17 and walked six.

Romero, meanwhile, extended his hit streak to four games by going 2-for-4. He drove in the game's first run with a single in the first and then singled home two more in the fifth. The two RBI gave Oregon State an 8-0 lead, with John Wallace and Adalberto Santos scoring on the play. It capped off a three-run inning.

All told, the Beavers managed seven hits off five Oregon pitchers. Rob Folsom also collected two hits for Oregon State (15-6 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10 Conference), which has now won seven of its last eight games.

Romero's three RBI led the Beavers, with Santos and John Tommasini also collecting two of their own.

The Beavers chased Oregon starter Bennett Whitmore after just 1 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits and four runs in his short stint, but was not helped by two errors and a passed ball by his defense. Of the four runs he allowed, just one was earned. He dropped to 1-4 this season.

Whitmore came out of the game after allowing a sacrifice fly to Santos, who drove in Tommasini from third. Tommasini had reached three batters earlier when he doubled to right field, bringing in Folsom and Blake Gibbs.

Oregon State opened the game's scoring in the first when Stefen Romero singled to right center, bringing in Santos. The latter reached base on a fielder's choice and moved to second on the play on an errant throw from second.

Already up 4-0 entering the third, Oregon State added a run in the inning for a 5-0 lead when Folsom scored on the second of two wild pitches in the inning. The Beavers added to the lead in the fifth on the strength of Romero's two RBI and a run scoring double from Santos.

Kevin Rhoderick and James Nygren combined to work two full innings of relief for the Beavers. Rhoderick struck out three in his inning of work while Nygren got one batter via the strikeout.

Oregon State gets back into action Friday when it hosts California in the first of a three-game series at Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT. The game will air live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with a full webcast available on the home of Oregon State Athletics.

Oregon State Notes: The Beavers scored at least one run in each of the first three innings ... The first zero on the board for OSU came in the fourth when the Beavers left the bases loaded ... Jorge Reyes faced the minimum nine batters through the first three innings, using just 30 pitches to do so.

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