#25 Beavers Beat UW, 6-4, At Safeco

May 8, 2009

SEATTLE - Oregon State lefty Tanner Robles held Washington scoreless on only two hits over six and one-third innings to lead the 25th-ranked Beavers to a 6-4 win over Washington Friday night in a Pac-10 game at Safeco Field.

A crowd of 4,296 watched as the Beavers improved to 29-12 overall and 12-7 in the Pac-10, moving into sole possession of second-place in the conference. Washington's streak of six straight league wins was broken as the Huskies fell to 21-24 overall and 10-9 in league play.

The Huskies rallied for four runs in the eighth to close a 6-0 gap, but couldn't complete the comeback bid.

UW starter Jorden Merry (1-2), who only allowed one run, but walked six in three innings, suffered the loss.

Robles, making just his sixth start of the year, improved to 1-1, allowing two hits and one walk while fanning three in six and one-third.

Oregon State scored the game's first run in the top of the second. After a single and two walks loaded the bases, John Wallace drew a two-out walk to force in a run, giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, a two-out rally led to another OSU run. With two outs and none on, Husky reliever Tyler Cheney surrendered a single and walk before designated hitter Adalberto Santos singled up the middle to drive in one.

The Beavers broke the game open in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, third baseman Stefen Romero belted a triple to the gap in right-center, sending home all three. Romero came in to score on a single from Jared Norris, making it a 6-0 score.

In the meantime, after Husky leadoff hitter Jake Rife opened the bottom of the first with a single, Robles retired the next 16 UW hitters before David Bentrott reached on a one-out bunt in the sixth.

Washington finally broke through with four in the eighth. After loading the bases on two walks and a hit batter, the UW pushed a run across when Pierce Rankin and Kyle Conley drew bases-loaded, one-out walks. After a second out, third baseman Aaron Russell poked a single through the left side, scoring two more, but OSU closer Kevin Rhoderick came on end the inning with the Beavers still on top, 6-4.

Rhoderick finished up by pitching the ninth and earned his seventh save.

The series continues with games Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Husky Ballpark and will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference Game#25 Oregon State 6, Washington 4Oregon State   010 014 000 -- 6 8 1Washington     000 000 040 -- 4 4 2Tanner Robles, James Nygren (7), Mark Grbavac (8), KraigSitton (8), Kevin Rhoderick (8) and Ryan Ortiz.Jorden Merry, Tyler Cheney (4), Aaron West (6),Andrew Kittredge (9) and Brett Wilcox. W - Robles (1-1). L- Merry (1-2). Sv - Rhoderick (7). 2B - OSU, Ortiz. 3B -OSU, Stefen Romero. T - 3:32. A - 4,296.
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