Gaviglio's Strong Outing Paces Beavers Past Portland

May 5, 2009

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Sam Gaviglio struck out seven and scattered three hits and a run over five innings to pace the 25th-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 5-1 victory over Portland at Joe Etzel Field Tuesday afternoon.

Adalberto Santos and Ryan Ortiz both drove in two runs for the Beavers, who improved to 17-5 on the year in non-conference games. Oregon State has now won nine straight non-conference games.

'Sam had a good day against a good hitting club in Portland,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'He had a good breaking ball and used it well. Offensively, we faced a lot of Portland pitchers and we did a good job adjusting.'

Gaviglio started for the third time this season and picked up his seventh win of the season, which leads the team. His only blemish came in the fourth when Riley Hendricks hit his fourth home run of the season over the left field fence.

Gaviglio, whose earned run average now sits at 3.49, has allowed just six hits and three runs over his last two outings, both starts. During that stretch, he has 13 strikeouts in 10 innings.

Ortiz finished with two hits for his 18th multiple-hit game of the season. His two RBI came on a single to left in the Beavers' (28-12 overall) three-run fifth, which gave Oregon State a four-run cushion.

Both of Santos' RBI came on fielder's choice putouts. In the fourth, he reached when Stefen Romero was taken off the basepaths with a 6-4 putout. It scored Ortiz, who singled to start the inning.

Santos, starting his first game in left since April 3 against California, then manufactured the Beavers' second run of the inning. After reaching on the fielder's choice, he stole second, and moved to third on a wild pitch. Reliever Matthew Lange was then relieved on a 2-1 count to Max Shupe. His replacement, Ed Wakefield, allowed Santos to score when he balked before throwing his first official pitch.

Santos made it 5-1 in favor of the Beavers in the next inning. With the bases loaded - and Oregon State up 4-1 after Ortiz's two-run single - he hit a sharp grounder to second where Romero was put out. Like his fielder's choice in the fourth, Santos beat the throw to first, allowing John Wallace to score from third.

Stefen Romero also had two hits for the Beavers, his 17th multiple-hit game of the season.

Lange, one of six pitchers for Portland (22-21), took the loss after allowing three hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings. He dropped to 0-2 on the year.

In addition to Gaviglio, the Beavers used Josh Osich, James Nygren, Kraig Sitton and Kevin Rhoderick in relief. Osich came on in the sixth and recorded five strikeouts in three innings while allowing two hits. In two career outings against Portland, Osich has now struck out seven in four innings.

Rhoderick was brought in with two outs in the ninth and picked up his sixth save of the season.

Oregon State plays again Friday when visiting Washington at Safeco Field in Seattle. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT. The game can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

The game is also scheduled to air live on Comcast SportsNet in the states of Oregon and Washington.

Oregon State Notes: Oregon State wore its gray pinstriped uniforms for just the second time this year ... Adalberto Santos made his first start in left field since April 3 against California ... Carter Bell started his first game at third since March 27 against Oregon ... The game was the only of the season between the Beavers and Pilots ... The teams last played just once in a season in 1981 ... The game marked the second of four straight Tuesday games for the Beavers ... They opened with Oregon last week, will face Gonzaga next week and then finish with Oregon May 19 ... Oregon State has now won six straight against the Pilots and four straight in games in Portland, dating back to 2004 ... Pat Casey won his 42nd game against Portland while at Oregon State ... The wins are the second-most for Casey against any club, trailing the 47 he has against Washington State ... Casey played at Portland from 1978-80.

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