Baseball Opens Maine Series With 18-3 Victory
March 19, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Both Stefen Romero and Matt Boyd hit home runs as the 18th-ranked Oregon State baseball team scored early and often in a 18-3 win over Maine in the opening game of a four-game series Friday night at Goss Stadium.
'Obviously, that's a good way to start the series,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'We kept scoring throughout the game and took advantage of some Maine errors and overall had a good night at the plate.'
Romero hit a two-run shot in the first and Boyd stroked a solo shot in the seventh to highlight the Oregon State offensive night, which saw the Beavers posted a season-best 15 hits off four Maine pitchers. The 18 runs also marked a season-best for the Beavers, who surpassed their previous best of 17 set against Tennessee on Feb. 26.
Leading that offensive attack was freshman Danny Hayes, who posted three hits in his first career start. Ho doubled down the right field line in OSU's four-run sixth to highlight his night offensively.
Joining Hayes in the multiple-hit parade was Boyd, who also finished with three RBI on the strength of two hits, and Parker Berberet, who finished with two hits as well. For Berberet, it was his fourth multiple-hit game of the season, while it was Boyd's second.
Additionally, Tyler Smith doubled to center in the eighth, driving in two and giving him his third multi-hit game of the season. He also has three multi-RBI efforts.
Jared Norris tied for the team lead with three RBI, two of which came on bases-loaded walks.
Adalberto Santos extended his hit streak to a season-best five games by going 1-for-3 Friday night. The centerfielder is 7-for-18 (.388) during the streak.
Greg Peavey improved to 2-0 this season after scattering two runs and six hits over six innings. The start was his fourth of the year and it was his second quality start of the season.
Oregon State (11-3 overall) jumped on Maine for six runs in the first, highlighted by Romero's two-run shot to right. He drove in Santos and put OSU up early, 2-0.
The Beavers scored those six runs off three hits and two Maine errors in the inning, with both misplays coming from third baseman Myckie Lugbauer. Michael Miller doubled home two and Jared Norris walked with the bases loaded for an RBI in the inning.
OSU extended that lead to 11-0 with a five-run third in which the Beavers got on base via four hits. Norris walked again with the bases loaded for his second RBI of the game, and Santos doubled down the left-field line for two more runs.
The five-run third drove Maine (7-9) starter A.J. Bazdanes from the game as Chris Bernard entered the game to start the fifth. He allowed seven hits and 11 runs - albeit only seven were earned - in four innings. He dropped to 1-3 on the year.
Ian Leisenheimer and Taylor Lewis each had two hits for the Black Bears.
With the victory, the Beavers have now won a season-best five consecutive games.
Oregon State and Maine continue the four-game series with a doubleheader Saturday that begins at 1 p.m. PT. Tickets are good for both games Saturday. GenBeavs get into the game free and their parents can purchase outfield seats for $10 apiece.
Tickets can be purchase at the Goss Stadium ticket office which opens 2 ½ hours before first pitch.
For those who can't make it to the doubleheader, catch the games live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) where a live webcast of the game is available. Mike Parker calls all the action.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The matchup between the teams was the first since 1994 ... Greg Peavey made his 11th all-time appearance in the month of March ... It was also his 21st career start ... Stefen Romero's home run was his first since Feb. 27 against Tennessee ... Oregon State's six first-inning runs were the team's first of the first inning this season ... The Beavers sent 10 men to the plate in the first ... Danny Hayes made his first career start ... He started at first base ... Oregon State is 4-2 this season when its opponent makes two or more errors and 1-0 in games played at Goss Stadium ... The win was OSU's 2,000th as a program.
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