It's A Sweep: Beavers Down Ducks In Series Finale
May 9, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Rob Folsom stroked a one-out double to center in the bottom of the ninth Sunday, driving in Stefen Romero from second to give the Oregon State baseball team a series sweep of No. 15 Oregon with a 6-5 victory in front of 2,823 at Goss Stadium.
Folsom's shot went over the head of Oregon center fielder Jett Hart, enabling the Beavers to overcome Oregon's four-run ninth that tied the game after the Beavers had jumped out to a 5-1 lead.
Romero singled to right with Dylan Jones on first to put runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth. Jones was then forced at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Andy Quiring. That mattered little, however, as Folsom came on and hit his game-winning double on a 1-0 pitch from Oregon reliever Drew Gagnier.
The run sent Gagnier to 0-2 on the year and the Beavers to 24-17 overall after winning their third straight game. The Beavers also improved to 7-11 in Pacific-10 Conference games this season.
Oregon, meanwhile, dropped to 30-18 overall and 10-11 in league games.
'We should have won without having to go the bottom half of the ninth, but we will take a win and an important series sweep,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'The offense really supported Sam (Gaviglio) and we had a number of guys who stepped up at the plate.'
Gaviglio went 8 2/3 innings, and limited Oregon to a run and five hits through eight full innings. But he struggled in the ninth, allowing the Ducks to tie the score on their fifth hit of the inning.
Gaviglio ended the game scattering 10 hits and five runs - three earned - while striking out three before giving way to Matt Boyd, who ended with the win after throwing just two pitches. Boyd improved to 6-1on the year.
Oregon jumped on the board first, scoring when Danny Pulfer singled to center.But OSU answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Jones singled to left, driving in Adalberto Santos, who had doubled to right to start the game.
Jared Norris broke the 1-1 tie with a single up the middle in the sixth, then watched as Folsom drove in his first run of the game with a single to center in the seventh. Norris made it 4-1 in the eighth when he led off the inning with a solo home run off a 1-0 pitch.
Three batters later, Carter Bell gave the Beavers an invaluable fifth run when he homered over the left field fence, his second home run of the season.
That played a key part in OSU's victory as Boyd was able to get his only out of the ninth with an Oregon runner on second.
Folsom, Jones and Bell all went 3-for-4 for the Beavers, who racked up 14 hits off UO pitchers Zack Thornton, Scott McGough and Gagnier. Thornton started and went five innings, allowing seven hits and two runs before being replaced by McGough in the sixth.
Norris went 2-for-4 for his first multiple-hit game of the season. Stefen Romero extended his hit streak to nine games by going 2-for-3. He was also intentionally walked twice for the second consecutive game.
The Ducks posted 10 hits, with KC Serna leading the club with three.
Oregon State steps out of conference play Monday night in hosting the West Coast Conference's San Diego Toreros at Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 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.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The Beavers wore their orange uniforms for the 15th time this season and ninth time at home ... Sam Gaviglio made his third career appearance against Oregon and second start ... He entered the game with a 1-1 record and 4.26 ERA in 6 1/3 innings against the Ducks ... OSU improved to 17-0 when out-hitting their opponent this season ... OSU's 14 hits were the most for the Beavers since totaling 18 against Long Beach State on March 26 ... OSU hit two home runs in a game for the sixth time this season and for the first time since April 18 against Stanford ... Carter Bell's home run was his first since March 20 against Maine.
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