Kahalehoe's Single With Two Out In Ninth Gives Beavers Comeback Win
May 2, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Koa Kahalehoe came through with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Oregon State baseball team a comeback victory over No. 3 Arizona State Saturday night at Goss Stadium.
After falling 3-2 in the top half of the ninth courtesy of a Drew Maggi triple for Arizona State (33-10, 16-4 Pacific-10 Conference), the Beavers (26-12, 10-7 Pacific-10 Conference) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half of the inning for Jared Norris. The OSU first baseman fell behind in the count, 1-2, before hitting a fly ball to center fielder Jason Kipnis that was deep enough to score Rob Folsom from third.
A walk by Adalberto Santos loaded the bases once again for the Beavers and brought Kahalehoe to the plate with two outs. After fouling off numerous pitches from Sun Devils' pitcher Mitchell Lambson, the Oregon State senior lined an offering into left field for a base hit that drove home Ryan Ortiz for the game-winning run.
Norris went 2-for-4 for Oregon State and drove in two of the Beavers' four runs, the first coming on a single to left-center field in the fifth inning. Norris now has 23 RBI and multiple hits in five games this season.
Santos also had a 2-for-4 day for the Beavers, reaching base in three of his five plate appearances. His RBI single in the fifth inning tied the game at two and gave him his 29th RBI of the season.
In addition to his leadoff single in the first, John Wallace showed off his glove in center, making two spectacular defensive plays. With one out and a runner on first for the Sun Devils in the fourth inning, Wallace made a diving catch on a sinking ball hit by Zack MacPhee and doubled off Kole Calhoun to end the inning.
Wallace came through again with two outs in the seventh inning. After the first two hitters had been retired by reliever Ryan Gorton, Kipnis launched a ball to center that was headed over the fence before Wallace reached over the wall to pull it back and preserve the 2-2 tie.
Greg Peavey got the start for the Beavers and lasted four innings, allowing four hits and two runs, both earned. Gorton came on in relief with no outs in the fifth and went 3 1/3 innings, keeping the Sun Devils scoreless and allowing the OSU bats to get them back in the game.
Kraig Sitton entered the game with two outs in the eighth inning and finished the game for the Beavers. The lefty allowed two hits, including the triple by Maggi, but was picked up by Kahalehoe's single in the bottom half of the inning. Sitton improved to 1-2 on the year.
Mitchell Lambson pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief for Arizona State, allowing two hits as well as the Beavers' two ninth-inning runs. He struck out three, but walked five Oregon State hitters, including four in the ninth, to drop to 6-3 in 2009.
Maggi and Carlos Ramirez each had two hits for Arizona State. Matt Newman also went 1-for-4 and drove in two of the Sun Devils' three runs.
The Beavers were down 2-0 when Gorton entered the game with runners on first and second for the Sun Devils. After walking the first hitter he faced, Gorton struck out the next two hitters and forced Riccio Torrez to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning and keep Oregon State two back of the Sun Devils.
Oregon State's hitters went to work in the bottom half of the inning, starting with a leadoff walk by Joey Wong. Stefen Romero was hit by a pitch before Norris singled into center field to drive in Wong and put the Beavers on the board. Santos followed that with a single that fell in front of left-fielder Kole Calhoun, scoring Romero from third and tying the game at two. That hit drove Arizona State starter Seth Blair from the game.
The Beavers and Sun Devils will play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday at Goss Stadium. Jorge Reyes (5-2, 3.45 ERA) will take the mound for the Beavers and will be opposed by Jordan Swagerty (2-1, 3.34 ERA) of the Sun Devils. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. Tickets to the game are sold out but you can still catch the action online with audio and video from Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) or the Beaver Sports Network. The juniors of the Oregon State baseball team will be signing autographs on the concourse after the game.
Oregon State Notes: Ryan Ortiz threw out Drew Maggi on an attempted steal in the first inning. It was the 16th runner thrown out by Ortiz on the season ... Ortiz's four walks in the game are the most by an Oregon State hitter this season ... Greg Peavey made his 10th start of the year for the Beavers, tying him with Tyler Waldron for the most on the team ... Santos' multi-hit effort was his eighth of the year ... Michael Miller stole third in the sixth inning for his fourth stolen base of the year ... Oregon State put the leadoff man on base in seven-of-nine innings ... John Tommasini doubled for the sixth time this season to lead-off the third inning.
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