Peavey Goes Seven Innings as Beavers Take Down Golden Bears, 6-2
April 4, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Greg Peavey pitched a career-high seven innings and held California to two runs, and three Beavers chipped in two-RBI base hits to push Oregon State past the Golden Bears, 6-2, in front of a Goss Stadium regular season record crowd of 2,789 Saturday afternoon.
After giving up a leadoff home run to California's (15-13 overall, 3-5 Pacific-10 Conference) Brett Jackson to start off the game, Peavey (3-1) settled down and retired the next nine consecutive hitters. He spread four hits across seven innings and his seven strikeouts on the day tied a career-high last achieved against Missouri State on March 20.
Peavey improved to 3-1 on the year and dropped his earned run average to 3.06.
'Greg threw well,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'He gave up that leadoff home run but settled down and let us get back into the game.'
John Wallace, Michael Miller, and John Tommasini each had two-RBI base hits in the game. Miller put the Beavers (17-6 overall, 4-1 Pacific-10 Conference) on the board in the second with a single up the middle that gave the Beavers a 2-1 lead. The Oregon State right fielder reached base three times in the game and is hitting .429 on the season in 17 games.
Wallace followed Miller in the second with a two-RBI single of his own that found its way through the right side of the infield and gave the Beavers a 4-1 advantage. After reaching first, Wallace stole his team-leading fifth base of the year. The base hit extended Wallace's hitting streak to a season-high seven games.
The Beavers got insurance runs in the sixth courtesy of a Tommasini double that scored two and gave Oregon State its final two runs of the game.
Adalberto Santos, meanwhile, moved his hit streak to three games with a single in the fifth and now has a hit in 21 of Oregon State's 23 games this season. Stefen Romero reached base in three of his four plate appearances and collected his team-leading 13th extra-base hit of the season with a double in the seventh.
Kraig Sitton pitched a season-long two innings in his team-leading 11th appearance of the season. Sitton induced a double play to end the eighth inning that erased his 12th inherited runner of the season. The Oregon State reliever has yet to allow an inherited runner to score this season and opposing hitters are batting .129 off of the southpaw in 2009.
Brian Diemer (1-3) took the loss for the Golden Bears, going 5 2/3 innings and was responsible for all six runs scored by the Beavers. Four players each had one hit for California, including Jackson's solo home run to begin the game.
The Beavers will go for the sweep of the Golden Bears on Sunday at 1 p.m. Jorge Reyes (4-1) is scheduled to take the mound for the Beavers as they try for their fifth conference win of the season. The game can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
After the game, Oregon State's freshmen will be signing autographs in the main concourse of Goss Stadium.
Oregon State Notes: Saturday's game took 2:19 to complete, which is the fastest game of the season... With a 1-for-3 effort at the plate, catcher Ryan Ortiz is 8-for-17 against California in his career... After a six-run offensive performance, the Beavers are 15-0 in games in which they score six runs or more... Rob Folsom extended his hitting streak to four games with a single in the second inning... The Beavers are now 9-1 in their last 10 games and are riding a three-game winning streak... Oregon State improved its record to a perfect 7-0 at Goss Stadium this season ... Oregon State is the only team in the Pac-10 yet to lose at home this season.
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