Baseball Loses To Hawaii In Ninth
Feb. 21, 2010
MANOA, Hawaii - The Oregon State baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision to Hawaii Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium as the host Rainbows overcame a two-run deficit in the ninth for the win.
Hawaii pinch hitter Christian Johnson tied the game with a one-out, solo home run off Oregon State closer Kevin Rhoderick. The Rainbows won the game with two outs when Collin Bennett singled to right center on a 3-2 pitch from Rhoderick, bringing in Kolten Wong from third.
The runs were the first of the season allowed by Rhoderick and by the Oregon State relievers. They had come into the game with no runs allowed through the first 8 1/3 innings of the season.
Oregon State took the lead into the ninth after Stefen Romero hit his second home run of the season in the eighth, a solo shot that put the Beavers up 4-3.
The Beavers had battled back from a 3-2 deficit when Andy Quiring, pinch hitting for Tyler Smith, hit a sacrifice fly to center in the seventh, scoring Carter Bell. Bell had begun the inning's offense with a double to right center, one of three hits on the afternoon for the starting shortstop.
Greg Peavey made his first start of the season and allowed three runs and four hits over five innings. Four relievers came in prior to Rhoderick - Ryan Gorton, Kraig Sitton, Dylan Jones and Sam Gaviglio - and limited Hawaii to two hits and a walk leading up the ninth inning.
Romero and Brent Warren had two hits for the Beavers, who dropped to 2-1 on the year. Hawaii, meanwhile, improved to 1-2.
The Beavers took the first lead of the game for the first time in the series. OSU led 2-0 after the fourth as the Beavers scored solo runs in both the third and fourth innings, taking advantage of timely Hawaii errors.
The Rainbows, however, answered back with a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a one-run lead.
David Freitas and Jeffrey Van Doornum led Hawaii with two hits apiece.
Hawaii starter Josh Slaats scattered six Oregon State hits and two runs over six innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Alex Capaul replaced Slaats in the seventh and worked the rest of the game for Hawaii. Capaul picked up the win after holding Oregon State to two hits and two runs over three innings.
Oregon State and Hawaii wrap up the four-game series Monday night in a 7:05 p.m. PT start (5:05 in Hawaii). Neither starter has been announced as of yet.
Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State wore its orange uniforms with white pants for the first time this season.
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