Baseball Drops 5-4 Decision To Tennessee On Opening Day

Feb. 20, 2009

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Joey Wong, Adalberto Santos and John Tommasini all had two hits but the 25th-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision to Tennessee in the Beavers' 2009 season opener on Friday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Josh Liles singled to right center off Oregon State closer Kevin Rhoderick to drive in Kentrail Davis with the running run. Tennessee had opened the ninth with a 4-3 deficit, but managed two runs off Rhoderick, who dropped to 0-1 this year after being saddled with the loss.

Santos began his Oregon State career with a 2-for-4 effort batting out of the second spot of the batting order. He scored in the third on a double by Ryan Ortiz and singled home Stefen Romero in the fourth.

Wong was 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot and Tommasini had a 2-for-4 afternoon as well. Overall, the Beavers finished with 12 hits - with eight of the nine in the starting lineup recording at least one. Tennessee, meanwhile, had eight off five Oregon State pitchers. Liles, who had the game-winning hit, led the Volunteers with two.

Oregon State scored two runs in the third and went into the fourth with a 3-2 deficit after Tennessee put three on the board in the bottom half of the third. Santos' single in the fourth tied the game at three, where the score stayed until the ninth.

Santos reached on an error to open the inning, and, after moving to second, scored when pinch hitter Jared Norris singled past the second baseman, giving the Beavers a 4-3 lead.

Tennessee, however, prevailed in the bottom half of the ninth. Mike Hornsby reached on a single, and was driven in with two outs when Davis reached on an infield hit. He was able to score when the Beavers made an attempt to get Davis at first.

Davis then moved to second on a Rhoderick balk, setting up Liles' game-winning hit.

Tanner Robles started for the Beavers and worked five innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out two and walking four. James Nygren, Kraig Sitton and Mark Grbavac combined to allow two hits and a walk over the next three innings.

Will Locante earned the victory for Tennessee. He threw just 1/3 of an inning, allowing one hit. Nick Hernandez started for Tennessee and scattered nine hits and three runs over five innings. Hernandez struck out five and walked one.

The Beavers and Volunteers square off again Saturday in a game that is slated for an 11 a.m. PT start. Tyler Waldron is Saturday's probable starter for the Beavers. Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network or Beaver Nation Online (

Oregon State Notes: The Beavers dropped their opening day game for the second consecutive year for the first time since 2002-03 ... The Beavers are 9-6 in season openers under head coach Pat Casey ... Oregon State is now 6-3 against the Southeastern Conference over the past four years.

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