Baseball Drops Second Game Of Series To Arizona

April 10, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Ryan Gorton worked five solid innings of relief and Oregon State attempted rallies in each of the last five innings, but the 16th-ranked Beavers dropped a 6-5 decision to Arizona Friday afternoon at Sancet Stadium.

Gorton worked in relief and scattered just two hits and two runs while striking out three. His relief effort helped the Beavers nearly overcome an early 5-2 deficit. However, the Beavers stranded 12 runners, including nine in the last five innings. Oregon State (19-7 overall, 6-2 Pacific-10 Conference) stranded one in the ninth after Brett Casey singled with one out.

But after Casey reached base, Jason Stoffel, Arizona's closer, got the final two outs of the game for his sixth save of the season. It gave Joe Allison, Arizona's first reliever of the game, his first win of the season after going 1 2/3 innings.

Greg Peavey started for the Beavers and went three innings before being replaced by Ryan Gorton in the fourth. Peavey was touched for seven hits and six runs in his seventh start of the season. He dropped to 3-2 this season.

Casey, John Wallace, Ryan Ortiz and Jared Norris all had two hits to pace the Beavers, who, a night after posting 13 hits, had 11. Arizona (14-15, 3-8), by contrast, had nine hits and left seven runners on base.

Arizona touched the Beavers for five runs through the first two innings to take a 5-2 lead entering the third. Oregon State countered on a solo run in the fourth when Norris homered to left, but the Wildcats scored again in the bottom half of the inning for a 6-3 lead.

The Beavers took advantage of two Arizona errors in the top of the fifth to pull within one, 6-5. Wallace began the inning with a double and scored when Joey Wong reached on an Arizona fielding error. Wong moved to second on a throw to the plate in an attempt to nab Wallace at the plate, which proved to be pivotal as two batters later, after a single by Ortiz, scored when the right fielder, Bobby Coyle, could not handle the ball cleanly. The Beavers, however, could not score another run in the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

Down 3-0 after one, Oregon State put two runs on the board in the second. Logan Lotti singled home Ortiz, who had doubled to start the inning. The next batter, Michael Miller, flew out to left, driving in Norris.

Oregon State and Arizona wrap up their three-game series Saturday at 12 p.m. PT from Sancet Field. Right-hander Jorge Reyes (4-1, 3.41 ERA) is slated to start for the Beavers while righty Donn Roach (1-3, 7.71 ERA) is slated to go for Arizona.

Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and online with Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

Oregon State Notes: The Beavers started the same lineup as Thurday night's win ... It marked the second time this season Oregon State started the same lineup in consecutive games ... John Wallace snapped an 0-for-14 steak by singling up the middle in the third ... Jared Norris' home run in the fourth inning was the team's first since March 21 against Saint Mary's ... It was also just the team's second in a true road contest this year and the first in a Pacific-10 Conference game ... Max Shupe had his first at bat of the season in the seventh, pinch hitting for Michael Miller ... Shupe singled to right center.

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