Beavers Pound Out 15 Hits, Open Series With Win Over Washington
May 14, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Stefen Romero and Jared Norris each hit home runs and Kevin Rhoderick got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth as the Oregon State baseball team defeated Washington, 8-6, in Friday night's series-opener at Goss Stadium.
Rhoderick hit two batters and walked another to load the bases with the OSU lead on the line in the ninth. But the closer induced Doug Cherry into a comebacker with two outs, preserving the Beavers' two-run victory. It sent Oregon State to 25-18 on the year, and 8-11 in Pacific-10 Conference play, and gave Rhoderick his third save of the season.
The win also pushed the Beavers into a tie for eighth place with Washington, as the teams are 6 ½ games behind Pac-10 leading Arizona State, which was idle Friday night.
Romero homered to left center in the third, giving the Beavers a 3-0 lead after Tyler Smith drove in the game's first run on a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning. It was Romero's 13th home run of the season and his fourth in the last five games.
Washington answered with two runs in the fourth, then saw OSU get two more on a triple to center by Adalberto Santos, who went 4-for-5 on the night, driving in two runs in the process.
Already up 5-2, the Beavers plated two more runs in the fifth to extend their lead. Norris drove in the first run of the inning on his second home run of the season, then Michael Miller scored from first on a dropped pop fly.
That run turned out to be key as Cherry doubled down the right field line, cutting the lead to 7-4. OSU gave itself an insurance run in the bottom half of the sixth when Miller walked with the bases loaded.
Washington finished its scoring on a two-out single off the bat of Miles Kizer in the seventh inning.
Santos led the Beaver offensive attack with four hits as Oregon State tallied 15 hits on the night. Washington had nine hits off five OSU pitchers.
Norris and Carter Bell both had two hits in the win, which gave the Beavers four consecutive victories in Pac-10 play.
Greg Peavey started and went 5 2/3 innings, scattering six hits and four runs to pick up his fourth win of the season. It was his first victory since holding UCLA to two hits and a run on April 9.
Geoff Brown lasted just three innings for Washington and dropped to 1-5 this season. He allowed eight hits and four runs before being replaced by Forrest Snow in the fourth inning.
Cherry, Kizer, Chase Anselment each finished with two hits for the Huskies.
Oregon State and Washington continue their series Saturday at 2 p.m., with the game scheduled to air live on FSN Northwest and KEZI 9.2. Fans in the Eugene and Corvallis areas can find the game on KEZI 9.2 (digital channel 309) while the rest of the region can find it on FSN Northwest.
The Beavers are slated to throw left-hander Tanner Robles (4-4, 3.61) while Washington is expected to start right-hander Andrew Kittredge (6-4, 5.72).
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.
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 white uniforms for the ninth time this season ... Adalberto Santos moved to right from center to start the fifth ... It marked the first time this season he has played anywhere other than center ... Stefen Romero's 11-game hit streak is the team's longest of the season ... The Beavers hit multiple home runs in a game for the second time in their last three games and for the seventh time in 2010.
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