Beavers Drop Series Finale To No. 3 UCLA
April 11, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Stefen Romero hit his seventh home run of the season, but the 17th-ranked Oregon State baseball team lost the series finale to No. 3 UCLA, 8-2, Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
Romero's home run put the game at a 2-2 tie in the sixth, as it went over the left field fence on a 2-0 pitch from UCLA starter Rob Rasmussen. However, Rasmussen, who was able to get the win after going seven full innings, shut the Beavers down until the top half of the seventh when Tyler Rahmatulla hit a solo homer to right that served as the game-winner.
UCLA scored five times in the ninth to secure the victory. The Bruins improved to 25-3 overall and 4-2 in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Beavers dropped to 20-8 overall and 3-3 in league games.
Rasmussen improved to 5-0, while Erik Goeddel got the save after working two innings. It was his first save of the year.
Sam Gaviglio made his second start of the season for Oregon State, going 4 2/3 innings. He scattered six hits and two runs while striking out a season-best seven. He did not get a decision.
Matt Boyd took the loss after allowing Rahmatulla's seventh-inning home run. Boyd dropped to 4-1 on the season.
Andrew Susac drove in OSU's first run of the game, getting the Beavers to within one, 2-1, after the Bruins scored solo runs in the first and third innings. Susac drove a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Carter Bell from third.
Rob Folsom led the Beavers with two hits.
Rahmatulla led UCLA with a 3-for-4 effort. Brett Krill drove in four for the Bruins on a ninth-inning grand slam.
Oregon State next opens its series with Stanford Friday at Goss Stadium. First pitch is 5:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased by visiting the ticket office at Goss Stadium, which opens 2 ½ hours before first pitch, on gameday. They can also be purchased by visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or on osubeavers.com.
For fans who can't make it to the game, catch it on the Beaver Sports Radio Network or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Mike Parker will call all the action.
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