Beavers Drop Rubber Game To Washington
May 10, 2009
SEATTLE - Washington pinch hitter Aaron Russell's RBI double in the seventh proved to be the game-winner as the Oregon State baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to the Huskies in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
Russell doubled off the left center wall off Oregon State reliever Kraig Sitton, driving in Caleb Brown and snapping a 3-3 tie. The loss dropped the Beavers to 29-14 on the year and 12-9 in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Huskies, meanwhile, improved to 23-24 and 12-9 in league games.
Sitton dropped to 1-3.
Oregon State posted eight hits to Washington's five, but stranded 11 runners. The Huskies stranded 12 as well. In fact, the teams combined to leave 58 runners on base over the three-game series.
Washington struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first when Oregon State starter Jorge Reyes walked Brendan Gardner-Young with the bases loaded. That lead held shortly, however, when the Beavers scored a run in the top of the third. Michael Miller doubled to right, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a deep fly to center off the bat of Ryan Ortiz, who was charged with a sacrifice fly.
The Beavers took the lead for the first time in the fifth. Wong singled through the left side with one out and moved to second when Ortiz grounded out to third. Santos, batting in the fourth spot in the order, put OSU up 2-1 when he singled to center.
Just like Washington's early lead, the Beavers' one-run advantage didn't stay for long and a tie evaporated shortly thereafter. Gardner-Young homered to left off Reyes to start the inning off, then returned to the dugout and watched as Pierce Rankin singled and Jake Rife walked. That brought in Ryan Gorton to relieve Reyes, and two batters later, after a Kyle Conley infield pop up, Troy Scott drove in Rankin to pull the Huskies ahead, 3-2.
Oregon State evened the score at three in the seventh when Stefen Romero singled in Santos from third. Santos had singled, moved to second on a sac bunt and got to third on a steal.
Reyes made his 11th start of the season and last four innings before being pulled for Gorton in the fifth with runners on first and second. Reyes allowed four hits and three runs, but walked six while striking out five. He did not figure in the decision and stayed at 5-2 on the year.
Like Reyes, Washington starter Andrew Kittredge was not able to make it out of the fifth inning but did not figure in the decision. He allowed six hits and two runs while striking out one in 4 2/3 innings.
The win went to Seth Haehl, who improved to 3-1 after going 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and a run. Brian Pearl picked up his eighth save of the year after two scoreless innings of work.
Oregon State returns to Corvallis for two non-conference games this week against Gonzaga. First pitch Tuesday is 6 p.m. PT while Wednesday's game is at 1 p.m., both at Goss Stadium. If you can't attend the games, make sure to listen live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action.
Oregon State Notes: Adalberto Santos batted in the fourth spot of the order for the fourth time this season ... Stefen Romero moved to the sixth spot for just the fifth time ... Jared Norris' single to right in the third extended his hit streak to five games ... It is his second five-game hit streak of the season, the first coming March 13 to March 27 ... Norris also posted his seventh multiple-hit game of the season ... The appearance was the 50th of Jorge Reyes' career ... Carter Bell came in as a defensive replacement in the eighth for the second straight game ... Joey Wong moved to second.
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