Baseball Drops Series Opener At UCLA
April 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Stefen Romero hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season but the Oregon State baseball team could not hold on to a four-run lead in a 7-5 loss at UCLA on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Romero hit a two-run home run in the third to cap off a three-run inning for the Beavers, who took a 5-1 lead at that point. Romero's shot was his fourth of the season, giving him the team lead, and was his first since March 13.
The home run and four-run lead after three innings did not hold up, however, as UCLA scored six unanswered runs for the win. The loss dropped the 17th-ranked Beavers to 23-10 overall and 8-5 in Pacific-10 Conference games this season. UCLA, meanwhile, improved to 18-20 overall and 10-6 in conference games.
Romero's home run in the third came with two out and gave the Beavers a 4-1 lead. Oregon State added its fifth run of the game when later in the inning, with the bases loaded, UCLA starter Gerrit Cole committed a balk, scoring Jared Norris.
Ortiz finished the game a home run short of the cycle. In addition to tripling in the first, he singled in the third and doubled in the ninth. It was Ortiz's 14th multiple-hit game of the season, putting him three behind hits total of 17 a year ago.
Ortiz was left on second in the ninth as the Beavers attempted a rally against UCLA closer Gavin Brooks. The lefty, however, was able to get out of the inning unscathed for his sixth save of the season.
Tyler Waldron made his 10th start of the season for Oregon State and was chased in the sixth after allowing 10 hits and six runs - four earned - through five full. Making his fifth appearance on the road this season, he allowed a walk while striking out three. He picked up the loss and dropped to 3-3 on the year.
Waldron allowed just one run through the first three innings - a solo home run in the second by Cody Decker was his lone blemish - but the right-hander ran into trouble in the fourth. An Oregon State passed ball and an error on Joey Wong helped UCLA capitalize on three hits to pull within one, 5-4.
The Bruins pulled ahead in the fifth with two more runs. Decker hit into a sacrifice fly with runners on second and third for his second RBI of the game, and Casey Haerther followed with a double down the right field for UCLA's sixth run of the game. Waldron was able to get out of the inning with more damage and was replaced by Ryan Gorton to start the sixth inning.
Despite walking six and allowing five runs over five innings, UCLA right-hander Cole picked up his fourth win of the season. He lasted five innings, striking out seven, and was replaced before the sixth inning after throwing 121 pitches.
All told, the Beavers left nine men on base on the strength of six hits and seven walks.
The game will be played on a tape delay basis on Saturday. Fans who receive FSN Northwest can view the game at 2 p.m. PT and on Monday at 12 p.m. Those who have other FSN affiliates in their area can also view the game on a tape delay and replay basis. To check the schedule for those affiliates, visit the baseball section of osubeavers.com and click on the Baseball Blog.
Oregon State and UCLA continue their three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. PT. Right-handed pitcher Greg Peavey (3-2, 3.94) will get the nod for the Beavers while righty Trevor Bauer (6-3, 2.64) is expected to start for UCLA. Make sure to catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action.
Oregon State Notes: The Beavers scored two runs in the first to take a 19-13 advantage in the opening frame of games this season ... OSU has combined to outscore its opponents in every inning this season ... The Beavers have now scored first in 17 of their 32 games this season ... Ryan Ortiz tripled in the first for the second time in his career ... Ortiz has now hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games dating back to March 19 against Utah Valley ... During that stretch, Ortiz has had hit streaks of 10 and seven games, respectively ... Oregon State appeared on television, live or delayed, for the third time this season and made its first such appearance on FSN ... OSU has now appeared on television 36 times since 1998 and has made 22 appearances over the last five seasons ... The Beavers are also scheduled to appear on Comcast SportsNet when playing Washington at Safeco Field in Seattle on May 8 ... Stefen Romero's third-inning home run was his first since March 13 against Missouri State and it also extended his hit streak to a season-long six games.
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