Baseball Downs Portland To Sweep Weekend Play

March 14, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tanner Robles scattered two runs and four hits over 6 2/3 innings, and Parker Berberet went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in as the twenty-first ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated Portland, 9-2, Sunday at Goss Stadium.

With the win, the Beavers improved to 10-3 on the year and swept through their Spring Tournament, taking all three games over the weekend. OSU is now on a four-game win streak.

'Tanner threw well today, and the offense did a good job of jumping on Portland after the fifth inning,' head coach Pat Casey said. 'We would have liked to have gotten more production early, but overall, we're happy with the final win this weekend.'

Robles allowed two runs in the first, then proceeded to get into the seventh allowing just two hits until being replaced by Kraig Sitton. Robles ended the game with seven strikeouts and improved to 3-1 on the year.

Sitton came on in the seventh and shut Portland down the rest of the way, holding the Pilots to just one hit over the final 2 1/3 innings.

Berberet was one of two Beavers with two hits, with Adalberto Santos also finishing with two. Overall, Oregon State rapped nine hits off four Portland pitchers. The Beavers finished the game with five hits and six runs - three earned - in 4 2/3 innings off UP starter Scott Burris. He was knocked out during OSU's six-run fifth and took the loss to fall to 0-1 this season.

Berberet started Oregon State's scoring in the fifth when he singled home Stefen Romero, who posted OSU's first hit of the game, a double to right center. Berberet eventually scored on an infield single by Tyler Smith, tying the game, 2-2.

The Beavers took the lead for good in the fifth when Keith Jennette reached on a throwing error on an attempted sacrifice bunt. Jennette earned the RBI on the squeeze when Carter Bell came in from third on the play.

Ryan Gorton capped off OSU's six-run inning with a double to right center for his first hit of the season. He drove in two, putting OSU's lead at 5-2. Michael Miller, pinch running for Gorton, scored when Santos singled to right.

OSU made it the final 9-2 score in the seventh with three more runs. Rob Folsom drove in John Tommasini with a sac fly to left, and Romero drove in Jennette with another sacrifice to left. Miller scored OSU's final run of the game when Berberet singled to left.

Portland began the game's scoring in the first with two runs off Robles. Craig Smith walked to start the game, and moved to third on a ground-round double off the bat of second baseman Riley Henricks. Two batters later, Brian Frattali, the game's first baseman, doubled down the left field line for two RBI.

Oregon State returns to play Friday when the Beavers start a four-game series at Goss Stadium with Maine. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT and will be featured on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting osubeavers.com, calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or picking them up at the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum. Note, the ticket office has new office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Ryan Gorton made his first start of the season, and batted in the No. 2 spot in the order while playing right ... Tanner Robles' two first-inning runs allowed were the first he's given up in the month of March ... He had entered the game having allowed no runs in 16 2/3 innings in March in his career ... He has now allowed two earned runs in 23 1/3 innings in March for an ERA of 0.77 ... Robles also improved to 2-0 all-time against Portland.

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