Waldron's Complete Game Takes First Game against Gonzaga, 8-1
May 12, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State starter Tyler Waldron pitched a complete game two-hitter in an 8-1 victory over Gonzaga in game one of a two game mid-week series Tuesday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Waldron's complete game is the first for the Beavers this year and only the second in the past three years. His two hits both came in the sixth with two outs. He allowed one run, and struck out eight batters. The eight strikeouts tied his season high.
Going into the bottom of the eighth, Oregon State (30-14 overall) had a slim 2-1 lead when freshman Carter Bell added insurance runs for the Beavers in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run home run over the left field wall. The three-run shot is the first of Bell's career.
The Beavers struck first in the bottom of the first when Michael Miller led off for the Beavers with a single to left field off Bulldogs' starting pitcher Ryan Carpenter. Rob Folsom came up next and drew a four-pitch walk advancing Miller to second. After Ryan Ortiz advanced Miller to third base on a fly ball to center field, Folsom moved to second on a wild pitch.
Adalberto Santo walked on a full count pitch to load the bases for Oregon State. Stefen Romero then drove in the first run for the Beavers on another four-pitch walk from Carpenter.
Nothing was added to the scoreboard until the sixth inning when the Bulldogs picked up their first hit when third baseman Jason Chatwood drove the ball into right field. Tyson Van Winkle followed that up with a double off the left field wall over the jumping Kyle Beverley, which allowed Chatwood to score from first.
Waldron then struck out Gonzaga's first baseman (30-15), Ryan Wiegand, and after a two out walk to Anthony Synegal, got Mark Castellitto to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Not to be outdone, the Beavers came right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Stefen Romero led off the inning with a line drive off the pitcher mound that ended up in center field. After pinch hitter Max Shupe flied out to right field, Beverley also singled into center field.
Joey Wong came up next and walked to load the bases on a full count. Jared Norris came in the game to pinch hit for John Tommasini and drew a bases-loaded walk to score Romero from third to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead.
Romero extended his hitting streak to six games by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. He is now 9-for-23 (.391) during the hitting streak.
The Beavers batted around in the bottom of the eighthm all coming with two outs. Norris walked with two outs to start the rally and was followed up by a single by Miller, his second hit of the game. Bell, who came in as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning, then hit his three-run home run.
Oregon State was not done. After a single by Ortiz to second, John Wallace who came into the game in the top half of the eighth, reached on an error by the shortstop. Romero then walked to load up the bases for pinch hitter Brent Warren. Warren hit a bases-clearing clearing double to record his first three RBI of the season and the Beavers took an 8-1 lead.
Miller hit safely in two out of his four at bats and scored twice. Norris walked twice in the game, one of which walked in a run, and scored one run in the game. The two walks keep his five-game hitting streak alive.
Oregon State and Gonzaga wrap up the short two-game series Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT. Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
OSU Notes: Stefen Romero extended his current hit streak to six games with a single to center field in the sixth inning ... He is 9-for-32 (.391) during the streak with five runs scored and five RBI ... Carter Bell hit his first career home run in the eighth with a three-run home run over the left field wall ... Brent Warren recorded his first RBIs of the season with a bases loaded double in the bottom of the eighth ... The Beavers scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth all with two outs in the inning ... Oregon State improved to 18-5 in non-conference games this season ... They are 9-0 in non-conference games at home.
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