Gaviglio Shuts Down Cougars in 8-2 Win
May 16, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sam Gaviglio went a career-long 7 2/3 innings and allowed just one earned run while Jared Norris went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs as Oregon State evened its series against Washington State with an 8-2 victory in front of 3,073 at Goss Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Making his fourth start of the season, and his first against Pac-10 competition, Gaviglio spread four hits through 7 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking just one to pick up his team-leading eighth win of the season. The walk was Gaviglio's first in 14 2/3 innings of work, the last coming on April 19 against USC.
In his last 19 2/3 innings, Gaviglio, now 8-1 on the year, has issued one walk.
'Sam threw well and the offense really picked it up toward the end of the game,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'Jared has been swinging the bat well. Everything started with Sam, though, and he looked very good today.'
Norris hit in the fourth spot of the lineup for the Beavers (31-15, 13-10 Pacific 10 Conference) for just the fourth time this season. He made the decision pay off by collecting his ninth multi-RBI game this year, driving in runs in both the first and sixth innings. The 2-for-4 effort extended his hitting streak to seven games. Norris is now 5-for-8 in the series against the Cougars and is hitting .481 during his current hitting streak.
Michael Miller was a sparkplug at the top of the lineup for the Beavers, reaching base three times in four at bats from the leadoff spot. He led the Beavers half of the first inning off with a walk and came around to score the first run of the game. He also collected an RBI single in the second inning and scored Oregon State's third run of the game in the fifth inning on a throwing error by Cougars' (27-22, 15-8 Pacific 10 Conference) catcher Jay Ponciano.
Carter Bell got the start at shortstop for the first time in his Oregon State career. He came through with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate, scoring runs in the second and sixth innings and driving in Stefen Romero for the Beavers' fourth run of the game, it coming in the sixth inning.
Kraig Sitton came on in relief of Gaviglio with two outs in the eighth inning for his team-leading 22nd appearance of the year. He retired Michael Weber on one pitch to end the eighth and struck out the side after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth.
Chad Arnold made his 13th start of the year for the Cougars and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs while taking his third loss of the season. He fell to 6-3. Ponciano, meanwhile, had a 2-for-3 effort to lead the Washington State bats.
The Beavers were nursing a one-run lead going into the bottom of the sixth, when Romero was able to reach first on a wild pitch on the third strike to lead the inning off. Rob Folsom followed with a bunt single and Joey Wong used a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third with one out.
Bell and John Wallace came through with back-to-back singles to plate Romero and Folsom to extend the Beavers' lead to 5-2. After two consecutive walks by Adalberto Santos and Ryan Ortiz, Norris delivered a single to center to score two more and give the Beavers an 8-2.
The teams complete the three-game series Sunday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT. Prior to the game, approximately 15 minutes before first pitch, the team's seniors will be honored. Also being honored Sunday is the 2009 CBI champions, the Oregon State men's basketball team.
Oregon State Notes: Joey Wong started at second base for the first time since the clinching game of the 2007 National Championship on June 24 ... Despite an 0-for-2 effort, Ryan Ortiz has hit to a tune of .545 against the Cougars during his career ... Kraig Sitton pitched for more than an inning for the fourth time in 22 appearances this year ... The eight-run effort improved the Beavers to 24-2 when scoring more than six runs in a game this season ... Oregon State is now 11-0 when holding opponents to two runs or less ... Michael Miller stole second base in both the first and second innings for his sixth and seventh stolen bases this year.
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