Oregon State Baseball Holds Off Missouri

Feb. 27, 2009

Box Score

TEMPE, Ariz. - Stefen Romero doubled twice and drove in four runs as the 22nd-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated No. 15 Missouri, 12-8, Friday at Packard Stadium.

The Beavers came back from a 6-5 deficit for their third victory this season. Oregon State initially held a five-run lead, relinquished it, then claimed it back, outscoring the Tigers, 7-3, over the last four innings for the win.

'We relied heavily on our offense this game and it came through today,' head coach Pat Casey said. 'Stefen had some good at bats today and we got a solid effort from the lineup overall.'

Overall, the Beavers rapped out 13 hits, giving them 33 over their two games at the DeMarini Invitational. Romero finished tied for the team lead with three hits, also singling home a run in the seventh. Rob Folsom also finished with three hits, giving him seven the past two games. Folsom drove in two on Friday.

Joey Wong also finished with two hits for the Beavers, who are now on a three-game win streak.

The Beavers took an early lead, getting up 5-0 after three innings. Ryan Ortiz drove in the game's first run on a ground out in the first. He also scored a run in the Beavers' four-run third. During the frame, Rob Folsom and Koa Kahalehoe each drove in solo runs on singles and Romero doubled for the first time, which scored John Wallace.

Missouri, however, scored the next six runs off Oregon State starter Tanner Robles and reliever Sam Gaviglio. The first three came on a home run off the bat of Trevor Coleman, making the game 5-3 after four innings. Then, with Gaviglio on in relief in the sixth, consecutive doubles from Kyle Mach and Ben Turner, both off the left-field wall, gave Missouri the lead.

That lead was short, however, as the Beavers answered back with five runs in the sixth. Romero drove in two on a double down the left field line and Folsom hit a sac fly to right, driving in Jared Norris. Starting his first game at first this season, Norris had driven in Ortiz with a single earlier in the inning. Romero accounted for the other run in the inning, crossing the plate on a wild pitch.

Gaviglio took the win, the first of his career. He allowed three runs and three hits over two innings, striking out three in his first career appearance.

Kevin Rhoderick faced one batter for his first save of the season. Kraig Sitton earned a hold for Rhoderick, going one full inning, walking one and striking out two.

Robles made his second start of the year and did not figure in the decision after going four innings. He struck out five and walked three while allowing two hits and three runs.

The Beavers play host Arizona State Saturday night in a game that is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. PT. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Waldron (0-1, 5.40 ERA) is Oregon State's probable starter. The game can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

Oregon State Notes: Jared Norris and Koa Kahalehoe both made their first starts of the 2009 season ... Kahalehoe started in right with Norris at first ... Norris' start put Stefen Romero at third.

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