Baseball Loses To No. 19 San Diego

May 10, 2010

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Stefen Romero hit his third home run in four games but the Oregon State baseball team lost to No. 19 San Diego. 4-1, Monday night in a non-conference game at Goss Stadium.

Kraig Sitton scattered five hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first career start. But the Beavers managed only Romero's 12th home run of the season in the loss, which sent them to 24-18 on the year, and stopped a potential four-game win streak after Oregon State swept Oregon this past weekend.

San Diego, meanwhile, improved to 31-16 this season and has won 17 of its last 19 games.

Sitton took the loss to drop to 1-2 on the year. After allowing a run on a Tony Strazzara single in the first, he settled down to retire 16 straight. However, the lefty allowed another run in the sixth, again on a Strazzara single, to give the Toreros the lead for good.

Strazzara again drove home a single in San Diego's two-run eighth, and the Toreros scored their final run on an Oregon State double play.

Romero's home run came in the fourth and was his 12th of the year, which put him just one shy of tying for the Pacific-10 Conference lead, held by USC's Ricky Oropesa.

Chris Jensen worked six innings for USD, scattering four hits and a run while striking out four. He improved to 2-0.

Matt Thompson threw the last three innings for San Diego, and allowed three hits while striking out six to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Romero and Parker Berberet each had two hits to pace the Beavers. In addition to his home run in the fourth, Romero singled in the first which extended his hit streak to a season-long 10 games.

Strazzara and James Meador each had three hits for San Diego, which tallied eight off six Oregon State pitchers.

Oregon State gets back into Pacific-10 Conference play Friday when beginning a three-game series with Washington. First pitch Friday night 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: Kraig Sitton made his first career start ... The lefty had made 67 appearances in relief prior to Monday night's game ... The game was the first ever for San Diego in Corvallis ... The teams had met 10 times previous to Monday night's contest, with eight being played in San Diego.

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