Oregon State Baseball Drops Second Game Of Series To USC
April 18, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Greg Peavey pitched a career-long 7 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs, and Ryan Ortiz extended his hit streak to 10 games, but it was not enough as USC scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to break a late tie for a 5-2 victory over the 14th-ranked Oregon State baseball team Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
Peavey scattered five Trojans' (19-16 overall, 9-5 Pacific-10 Conference) hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking just two while receiving a no-decision. The Beaver (22-9, 7-4) right-hander retired the side in order in four of his seven full innings and at one point retired seven Trojans in a row. The outing was Peavey's second in three games in which he completed seven innings.
Ortiz used a single through the left side of the infield to lead off the eighth inning to extent his hitting streak to 10 games, which ties his career-long streak achieved during the 2008 season. The catcher finished the afternoon 1-for-3, scoring a run in Oregon State's two-run first.
Joey Wong gave the Beavers a 2-for-5 effort from the leadoff spot, including a two-out triple off of the right-center field wall in the fifth inning. The game was Wong's 11th multi-hit game of the season. The Beavers' shortstop is also riding a three-game hitting streak.
Andrew Triggs matched Peavey throughout the game, allowing two runs on eight hits over eight full innings of work to earn his fourth win of the season. Second basemen Joe De Pinto and Grant Green each went 2-for-4 to pace the Trojans.
Kraig Sitton took the loss for the Beavers and fell to 0-2 on the year. The lefty came on with two runners on and only one out in the eighth inning, and induced Ricky Oropesa into a double-play groundball to short to end the inning. Sitton was not so fortunate in the ninth inning, as he allowed three runs on four hits.
After USC scored one run in the top of the first, the Beavers came right back, courtesy of a two-out single by Stefen Romero that scored Ortiz and Wong and gave the Beavers a 2-1 lead. The hit gave Romero his team-leading 11th multi-RBI game of the year.
The Trojans tied the game in the third inning courtesy of an Oropesa RBI single.
The Beavers had their best chance to take the lead in the seventh inning, when they put runners on the corners with two outs for Adalberto Santos. However, Triggs was able to strike out the Beavers' designated hitter and keep the game tied.
The game remained tied going into the top of the ninth inning, when USC used consecutive singles by Anthony Vasquez and Hector Rabago off Sitton to mount a threat. After a sacrifice bunt by Robert Stock, Billy Pinkerton and Alex Sherrod came through with back-to-back doubles to drive in three runs and give USC its final 5-2 lead.
Chad Smith entered the game in the ninth and retired the side to earn his first save of the season for the Trojans.
The third game of the series between Oregon State and USC takes place Sunday at Goss Stadium. Jorge Reyes (5-1) is scheduled to take the mound for the Beavers and will be opposed by USC's Robert Stock (3-1). First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.
Please note that only outfield seats remain for Sunday's game.
Oregon State Notes: With his triple in the fifth inning, Joey Wong leads the Beavers with three this season ... Right fielder Michael Miller extended his hitting streak to three games with a single in the seventh inning ... After stranding two more inherited runners, Kraig Sitton has now stranded 14 of 15 inherited runners this season ... Ryan Ortiz is hitting .525 over his past 10 games.
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