Gaviglio Tosses Complete Game Shutout As Beavers Take Stanford Series Opener
May 22, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Freshman Sam Gaviglio tossed Oregon State's first complete-game shutout in more than three years Friday night, holding Stanford to just three hits in a 5-0 win over Stanford on Friday night at Sunken Diamond.
Gaviglio allowed singles in the second, third and fourth innings. He retired the last 16 batters he faced and struck out seven while walking none. In his last 29 innings, Gaviglio has walked one.
The complete-game shutout is the Beavers' first in more than 38 months. Jonah Nickerson was the last Beavers' pitcher to go the distance and keep his opponent off the board. He did so against Nevada on March 4, 2006.
Gaviglio, a native of Ashland, Ore., improved to 9-1. Though official historical records are incomplete, it is believed to be an Oregon State freshman record for wins in a single season.
'Sam had an excellent outing,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'He threw strikes, mixed his pitches and certainly was confident on the mound. Tonight's game was indicative of the season he has had.'
Gaviglio has now won his last six decisions, with three coming in the month of May. He came into Friday night's game with an earned run average of 3.38. He dropped it to 2.84 with the shutout of the Cardinal. He has a 1.88 ERA and three wins in Pac-10 play this season.
Michael Miller was the lone Beaver with a multiple-hit effort in the win. He tripled once, singled twice and scored two of the Beavers' five runs. He has 10 multi-hit efforts this season, including two games with three hits.
Oregon State (34-16 overall, 14-11 Pacific-10 Conference) jumped on Stanford (29-24, 12-13) early. Miller tripled to start the game, then watched as Joey Wong reached on a walk. Wong, the starting shortstop, moved to second on a wild pitch, then watched Miller get driven in by Adalberto Santos when he grounded out to short.
OSU went up 2-0 two batters later when a wild pitch from Stanford starter Jordan Pries got past Stanford catcher Zach Jones. It enabled Wong to come in from third (he had gotten there on Santos' groundout).
The Beavers made it 3-0 in the second when Miller drove a ball through the right side, scoring Rob Folsom. Folsom started off the inning with a single of his own and eventually moved to second on a John Tommasini groundout.
With Gaviglio in control, the Beavers pit insurance runs on the board in the seventh and eighth innings to go up 5-0. In the seventh, Ryan Ortiz drove in Miller with a sacrifice fly to right. In the eighth, Jared Norris, who started the inning with a single up the middle, scored on a wild pitch out of the hand of Stanford reliever Danny Sandbrink.
Pries took the loss to drop to 4-4 this season. Stanford's starter, he allowed seven hits and five runs while walking five in his 11th start of the season. Kelleen Kiilsgaard got two of Stanford's three hits.
Oregon State and Stanford continue the three-game series Saturday at 6 p.m. from Sunken Diamond. Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action.
Oregon State Notes: After taking a 3-0 lead after two innings, the Beavers have now outscored their opponents by a combined 25 runs through the first two frames this season ... By tripling in the first, Michael Miller extended his hit streak to five games ... He is now the seventh OSU player to record at least one five-game streak ... Joey Wong leads the team with four hit streaks of five or more games ... John Wallace nearly pushed his hit streak to five games, which would have been his third of five or more games, but he went 0-for-3 with a sac bunt.
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