Baseball Drops Tight Game To No. 12 Oklahoma State
March 6, 2009
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Stefen Romero drove in two and he, Joey Wong and Adalberto Santos all had two hits to pace Oregon State but the 24th ranked Beavers lost to No. 12 Oklahoma State, 7-5, Friday at the Palm Springs Tournament.
Romero drove in multiple runs for the sixth time in eight games this season, while he posted his fifth multiple-hit effort of the year. For Wong, it was his fifth multiple-hit game of the season and for Santos, it was his second. He posted his first triple of the season in the losing effort.
With the loss, the Beavers dropped to 5-3 on the year while Oklahoma State improved to 8-1.
Tyler Waldron took the loss after allowing seven runs and eight hits over five innings. He struck out four and fell to 0-1 this season.
Andrew Oliver picked up the win for Oklahoma State to improve to 3-0 this year. He went six full innings, scattering six hits and three runs before giving way to three Oklahoma State relievers. The final one, Randy McCurry, earned his fourth save of the year, but not before the Beavers nearly rallied to tie the score.
Down 7-3 after six innings, the Beavers proceeded to put solo runs on the board in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Santos led off the inning with a triple and scored when Romero singled past the second baseman.
In the eighth, Oregon State inched closer when Wong drove in a run on a fielder's choice. He drove in Carter Bell, who had started off the inning on a walk and moved to third on a John Tommasini single.
Oklahoma State scored the first run of the game on a Dean Green home run to right in the second, but the Beavers matched the Cowboys in the bottom half of the inning when Ryan Ortiz scored on a balk by Oliver.
The Cowboys scored three more runs in the third while the Beavers managed two. Santos drove in a run on a single and Romero drove in his first run of the game when he singled to left immediately after Santos.
Ryan Gorton made his first collegiate appearance, coming on in relief of Waldron in the sixth. He went 3 2/3 innings, striking out three while walking one. He did not allow a run and allowed four hits.
The Beavers get back in action Saturday again at 2 p.m. PT when they play UC Riverside. Left-hander Tanner Robles goes to the hill for Oregon State. Due to scheduling conflicts, the game will be available on the following stations: KKAD 1550-AM in Portland and KLOO 1340-AM in Corvallis. It will also be available live on the Internet by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
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