Beavers Down USC In 10
April 1, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Parker Berberet's single with two outs in the 10th inning proved to be the game-winner as the 21st-ranked Oregon State baseball team opened Pacific-10 Conference play with a 4-1 win over USC Thursday night at Dedeaux Field.
Berberet's single was lined over the second baseman's head and scored Adalberto Santos from second to break a 1-1 tie in the 10th. Rob Folsom then lined a two-out double to the left-center gap, scoring two more runs and giving the Beavers some breathing room in the three-run victory.
The late offensive output backed up an outstanding start from Greg Peavey, who worked seven innings, his fourth outing this season to go at least six innings, as he posted his second quality start of the season. He threw 113 pitches, and walked three while striking out a career-best 10.
The right-hander retired the last 11 batters he faced, four via the strikeout. The right-hander lowered his earned run average to 2.13 - from 2.32 - in the process, but he did not pick up the decision after leaving a 1-1 game prior to the start of the bottom of the eighth.
Kraig Sitton worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief of Peavey, striking out two in the process. Sitton was replaced by Kevin Rhoderick with two outs in the ninth, and he became the recipient of the win after the Beavers (17-5 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10 Conference) scored three runs in the ninth off USC reliever Chad Smith.
Rhoderick improved to 1-1 this season while Smith dropped to 1-4 after allowing four hits and three runs in a five-inning relief appearance.
The Beavers, in the process, snapped a five-game losing streak at Dedeaux Field.
Berberet and Stefen Romero paced the Beavers with two hits apiece, while Folsom finished with his seventh multiple-RBI effort of the year.
Joe De Pinto got USC (13-13, 1-3) on the board in the third. He led the inning off with a double to left, then moved to third on a wild pitch. De Pinto scored on a steal of home when a pitch thrown by Peavey was not caught cleanly by catcher Parker Berberet on the steal attempt.
It took the Beavers a few innings, but they were able to answer with a solo run in the sixth. Danny Hayes, Stefen Romero and Berberet all reached on infield singles, with the final one coming on a bunt. Two batters later, Dylan Jones laced a pinch-hit single to left to tie the game, 1-1.
OSU, however, was denied the lead when Keith Jennette flew out to right and USC's Alex Sherrod got Romero at the plate.
Oregon State chased USC starter Kevin Couture in the sixth after the right-hander had thrown 103 pitches, the final coming on Berberet's bunt. Couture started off the game by recording his first six outs via strikeouts, but eventually gave way to reliever Chad Smith after scattering five hits and three walks. He was on the hook for the run driven in by Jones, but did not get the decision.
The Beavers and Trojans play game two of the series Friday night at 7 p.m. PT. Lefty Tanner Robles (4-2, 2.41) is slated to go for Oregon State against USC right-hander Ben Mount (2-1, 3.54).
Catch all the action from Dedeaux Field by tuning into the Beaver Sports Radio Network or Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Mike Parker will be behind the mic.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Beavers wore their all gray uniforms for the fourth time this season ... OSU last wore them during its trip to Surprise ... The Beavers are also due to wear the grays on Friday ... Greg Peavey made his third career start against USC ... He entered the game 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings against the Trojans ... Friday's starter, Tanner Robles, has never faced USC ... The game marked Oregon State's eighth away from Goss Stadium this season and fifth true road contest ... The Beavers had been outscored, 31-14, in their previous five games at Dedeaux Field, all losses.
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