Baseball Downs Portland For Second Win Saturday

March 13, 2010

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Adalberto Santos hit his first home run of the season and the Oregon State baseball team overcame deficits of 4-0 and 5-2 for a 6-5 win over Portland Saturday night at Goss Stadium.

Oregon State improved to 2-0 on the day after downing Utah, 5-4, in the first game of the day Saturday. Oregon State is 9-3 on the year and 3-1 in one-run games.

'We had a combined 12 hits today, but we picked up two wins,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'We did what we needed to get two victories and our pitching and defense really came through.'

Santos hit a two-run home run in the fifth to knock Portland's lead to one, 5-4. The Beavers then scored two more in the sixth on back-to-back bases loaded walks to Santos and Stefen Romero.

The RBI via the walk in the sixth was Santos' third of the game, marking his second multiple-RBI game of the season.

The walks were charged to Portland reliever Keeler Brynteson, who dropped to 2-2 this year after allowing two runs, a walk and two strikeouts in one inning. He did not allow a hit.

Brynteson followed starter Kyle Kraus, who went 4 1/3 innings. He scattered five hits and four runs - two earned - while striking out four.

Oregon State starter Tyler Waldron was the beneficiary of Oregon State's comeback victory. He struck out 10 and walked one while allowing eight hits and all five Portland runs. Waldron improved to 2-1 on the year.

Sam Gaviglio came on in the eighth for his third appearance of the season and proceeded to shut down the Pilots, picking up his first save of the season.

Gaviglio and Waldron combined to retire the last 12 Portland batters of the game.

Portland (10-3 overall) got out to an early 3-0 lead and added a run in the third for a 4-0 lead. But Romero reached on a bases-loaded error by Portland third baseman Matt Mardesich in the bottom half of the third, allowing two runs to score, and slicing the Pilots' lead to two runs.

Oregon State's two runs were countered by Portland in the fifth when the Pilots scored a solo run, but Santos pulled the Beavers to within one in the bottom half of the inning.

Riley Henricks, Beau Fraser and C.J. Cullen each had two hits apiece to pace the Pilots. Fraser and Cullen also had two RBI in the loss.

Oregon State started the day in dramatic fashion, defeating Utah, 5-4, on a walkoff double by Matt Boyd. The freshman doubled down the right field line, scoring John Tommasini, Brent Warren and Jared Norris for the come-from-behind victory.

For Boyd, it was his second career multi-RBI effort. A native of Mercer Island, Wash., he came into the game with just seven career official at bats and three RBI.

The Beavers conclude their weekend of play Sunday when they host Portland again at 3 p.m. PT. Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Or catch the game live in person; purchase a ticket at the Goss Stadium ticket office, which opens 2 ½ hours before first pitch.

OREGON STATE NOTES: The games marked the first time since the conclusion of the 2009 season that the Beavers played two games on the same day ... OSU took on both Texas A&M and TCU on May 31 of last year at the Fort Worth Regional ... Oregon State is slated to take on Maine in a doubleheader next week, on March 20 ... Greg Peavey's ERA jumped up to 2.16 after he allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in the first game ... It had started the day at 0.64 ... OSU used 16 positional players in the first game and 20 players overall ... John Tommasini made his first start at second since the season opener in the second game ... He batted in the ninth spot of the order and was hit by a pitch in his first at bat ... The games Saturday were the first of 11 consecutive at home, which will be the longest homestand at Goss for the Beavers since OSU played 10 straight there in 2007.

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