Waldron Throws A Gem, Beavers Take Series At Stanford
May 24, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Tyler Waldron scattered five hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings and the Oregon State baseball team scored three runs in the seventh to pull away from Stanford in a 5-2 win Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.
The win gave the Beavers a series victory over the Cardinal in the 2009 regular season finale. Oregon State ended its campaign with a 35-17 overall record and 15-12 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Beavers ended the regular season winning four of their last five games. Stanford, meanwhile, fell to 30-25 overall and 13-14 in league games.
'This is an important win as we wait to see what will happen in the postseason,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'Tyler certainly looked good. We called on him on an important day and he looked sharp.'
Making his second start in less than week, Waldron allowed multiple hits in an inning once, the seventh. He ended the game with five strikeouts and a walk. After allowing a hit to start the game, he retired the next 10 batters he faced before allowing a single to Toby Gerhart in the fourth.
Waldron has now gone at least six full innings in nine of his 13 starts this season. He picked up the win Sunday to finish the regular season with a 6-3 record.
In his last two outings, which included a win Tuesday against Oregon, Waldron has gone 14 innings, scattering 10 hits and two runs. He has struck out 15 during that stretch.
Up 2-1, the Beavers gave themselves valuable insurance runs in the seventh. Ryan Ortiz singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stefen Romero. The next batter, Jared Norris, walked, setting up a two-run double by Koa Kahalehoe off reliever Scott Snodgress. The double gave OSU a 4-1 lead and forced Stanford to bring in Blake Hancock, the Cardinal's third pitcher of the inning.
Hancock wasn't able to do much better. The lefty reliever threw a ball to John Wallace for his first pitch, then saw the OSU center fielder drill a 1-0 single through the right side to score Kahalehoe. Hancock was able to get the last two outs of the inning without any further damage, but the Beavers did enough for a 5-1 lead.
Stanford added a run in the seventh, an unearned run charged to Waldron, when Adam Gaylord singled to center, but it was too little, too late.
The Beavers were able to get just one hit through the first three innings, but managed to take advantage of three uncharacteristic Stanford errors for a 2-1 lead. The Cardinal went up 1-0 in the first on a groundout by Gerhart, but solo runs in the second and third put OSU up early. In the second, the Beavers evened the score on a bases-loaded walk to Joey Wong. In the third, also with the bases loaded, Carter Bell hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Jared Norris.
All told, the Beavers managed just five hits off four Stanford relievers, but utilized seven walks and four Stanford errors in the win.
Stanford's Brett Mooneyham started Sunday, a day after being pushed back from a start, and went six full innings, allowing two hits and two runs, both of which were unearned. He did walk six and strike out four while throwing 119 pitches. He dropped to 6-3 this season.
Kevin Rhoderick worked the ninth for his ninth save of the season, four of which have come in May.
Oregon State will learn its postseason fate Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. PT. The 2009 NCAA Tournament selection show will air on ESPN. Make sure to check osubeavers.com to read more about the Beavers and the postseason.
Oregon State Notes: Adalberto Santos led off for the first time this season and started in left for just the 11th time ... Stefen Romero served as the designated hitter for the first time ... OSU came into Sunday's game with 111 multi-hit games, shy of the team's total of 133 from last season ... The Beavers, however, finished the regular season with 80 multi-RBI games, four up from 2008 ... Ryan Ortiz's 22 multi-hit games led the team, where Jason Ogata's 18 was the team's high last season ... Tyler Waldron made his 15th appearance and 13th start of the season Sunday ... It was his sixth start in Pac-10 play this season.
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