Baseball Opens Season With 10-6 Win At Hawaii

Feb. 20, 2010

MANOA, Hawaii - Stefen Romero finished with three hits and four runs batted in and the Oregon State baseball team got the best of host Hawaii, 10-6, in the 2010 season opener Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

The Beavers fought off early 2-0 and 6-3 deficits to improve to 10-6 all-time under head coach Pat Casey, who is now in his 16th season in Corvallis and who also won his 506th career game Friday night.

'It's good to get a win on opening day and I'm proud of our club to be able to fight back after getting down early,' Casey said. 'Obviously, in committing five errors, we have to be stronger defensively but we'll get back to the park tomorrow and look forward to getting a strong effort.'

Romero provided the Beavers with the team's biggest at bats of the night. He drove in the Beavers' first runs of the season with a double in the fourth, then doubled with one out in the sixth.

Romero became the answer to a trivia question in the ninth. He hit the Beavers' first home run of the 2010 season when he drove a pitch over the left field wall, extending OSU's two-run lead at the time to 10-6.

The junior certainly highlighted a strong offensive night for the Beavers (1-0), who tallied 10 hits off five Hawaii pitchers. They drove starter Nate Klein from the game after 5 1/3 innings, where he allowed seven hits and six runs.

Brandon Hayes made his first career start for the Beavers and went 2-for-2, and scored a run. Carter Bell also finished with two hits and drove in a run, while Rob Folsom also finished with an RBI.

The game was tied, 6-6, entering the eighth, but the Beavers rallied for two runs to take the lead for good. Folsom hit into a sacrifice fly, scoring Bell, who had singled to right to start the inning. With the next batter, Tyler Smith, at the plate, a Hawaii passed ball allowed Parker Berberet to score from third. Berberet, who made his first collegiate appearance at the Division I level, reached on an error earlier in the inning.

The 8-6 lead gave way to Romero's home run in the ninth for the final score.

Tyler Waldron got the start in the team's opener and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and five hits. But of the six runs Waldron allowed, only one was earned as the Beavers were credited with five errors during his outing.

One such error occurred on a catcher's interference on OSU starter Andrew Susac in the fourth. Two batters after the interference, and after a Kolten Wong strikeout, Kevin Macdonald took Waldron deep over the center field fence for a grand slam.

The round-tripper sent Hawaii to a 6-3 lead after finding itself in a 3-2 deficit entering the inning. The Beavers scored three runs in the top of the fourth, erasing Hawaii's 2-0 lead after two runs in the first. In Oregon State's half of the fourth, the Beavers scored three after Michael Miller reached on an error with one out. He then moved to second when Santos singled to center.

Romero drove in the Beavers' first runs of the game - and the season - when he doubled down the left field line, scoring both Miller and Santos. The Beavers weren't satisfied with just two runs, however, as Bell singled through the middle, driving in Romero and giving the Beavers their first lead of the game.

Tony Bryant and Kraig Sitton combined to give the Beavers two outstanding relief efforts. Sitton got the win after walking one and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Bryant, meanwhile, made his first collegiate appearance and went 2 1/3 innings as well. He struck out three while allowing just two hits.

Blair Walters, the fourth of five Hawaii pitchers, took the loss after allowing two runs - both unearned - in 1 1/3 innings.

Collin Bennett led Hawaii with two hits on the night, while Macdonald's four RBI from his fourth-inning grand slam led the club.

Oregon State and Hawaii play the second game of the series Saturday in a game that is slated for a 3:05 p.m. start in the state of Oregon (1:05 p.m. in Hawaii). Left-hander Tanner Robles is slated to throw for the Beavers against Hawaii's Matthew Sisto.

Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

OREGON STATE NOTES: Brandon Hayes, designated hitter, and Andrew Susac, catcher, made their first career starts Friday night ... Hayes found himself at the No. 7 spot in the lineup while Susac was right behind him at the No. 8 spot of the lineup ... Other Beavers who made their OSU debuts include Tony Bryant, Matt Boyd, Tyler Smith, Travis Anderson, Dylan Jones and Parker Berberet ... Berberet came on in the bottom half of the fifth as a defensive sub and singled home a run in the sixth ... Boyd also drove in a run when pinch hitting for John Tommasini in the sixth ...

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