Baseball Drops Second Game Of Series To Tennessee

Feb. 27, 2010

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 25th-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped a 9-2 decision to Tennessee Saturday before 2,358 fans in the second game of the Papé Grand Slam at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Oregon State managed just four hits off three Tennessee pitchers, including Steven Gruver, who went seven innings to pick up the win to improve to 1-0 on the year. Gruver allowed three hits and a walk while striking out nine.

Conversely, Oregon State starter Tanner Robles went 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He dropped to 1-1 on the year.

Sam Gaviglio pitched in relief for his second appearance of the season. The right-hander impressed, scattering three hits and two walks over three innings of work.

Oregon State escaped a shutout in the ninth when Stefen Romero hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence, in the ninth. However, the two runs were too little, too late and OSU dropped to 4-2 on the young season.

Rob Folsom started for the Beavers in right field, and moved his hit streak by reaching safely on a bunt in the first. Folsom is 5-for-20 during the five-game hit streak.

Other beavers to get hits Saturday include Blake Gibbs and Parker Berberet. Berberet extended his own hit streak to three games.

The Volunteers (4-1 overall) took the lead in the second, scoring two runs to go up, 2-0. Duffy singled to right off Robles, scoring both runs.

Tennessee broke open the game in the eighth, putting seven runs on the board, utilizing five hits. Catcher Blake Forsythe punctuated the inning with a grand slam off Oregon State reliever James Nygren. It gave the Volunteers a 9-run cushion.

Duffy led Tennessee with three hits, with Forsythe, Zach Osborne and Charley Thurber contributing two apiece.

Oregon State and Tennessee wrap up the three-game series Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Right-hander Greg Peavey (0-0, 3.60) is slated to go against Tennessee right-hander Stephen McCray (1-0, 1.69).

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

Single-game tickets are currently on sale. Single-game tickets for the 2010 season are $20 for reserved and $10 for outfield seats located beyond the right-field fence. To purchase single-game tickets, visit, call 1-800-GOBEAVS or they can be bought in person at the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Former Oregon State closer Kevin Gunderson threw out the ceremonial first pitch ... Gunderson threw one that hit the outside corner, a nice strike to OSU outfielder Rob Folsom ... Oregon State debuted its new crème uniforms.

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