Waldron Earns Third Win of the Season as Beavers Defeat Golden Bears
April 3, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tyler Waldron struck out a season-high eight and Adalberto Santos went 3-for-4 as the Oregon State baseball team overcame an early deficit to take down California, 8-4, in front of a crowd of 2,138 on Friday.
Waldron (3-1) picked up his third win in as many starts, pitching into the eighth inning for the third straight time by going 7 2/3 innings. The Oregon State (16-6 overall, 3-1 Pacific-10 Conference) starter stuck out eight California (15-12 overall, 3-4 Pacific-10 Conference) hitters and did not walk a batter.
'Tyler threw very well tonight,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'He got into a small hole at the start of the game and battled back and let the offense help him out. He went 7 2/3 which is good to get from your Friday night starter.'
After a rough start that saw the Bears use a strong wind blowing out to left field to hit four doubles in the first three innings and build up a 2-0 lead, Waldron settled down and held them scoreless for the next 4 2/3 innings.
Santos led the Beavers' attack with his sixth multi-hit game of the season, knocking three singles and driving in two runs. The Beaver utility man has collected a hit in 20 of the Beavers' 22 games this season and has driven in multiple runners in six games.
John Wallace came into the game hitting .438 off of California pitching for his career. Friday was no different as the Oregon State center fielder scored two runs and singled to extend his hitting streak to six games. With the win, Oregon State improved to 11-1 with Wallace hitting in the top two spots in the lineup.
Catcher Ryan Ortiz earned his sixth multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-3 from the plate and driving in two runs while scoring two of his own. He improved his career batting average against the Bears to .500 (7-for-14) with the effort.
As a team, the Beavers went 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Oregon State is now 14-0 when scoring more than six runs and is 8-2 in its last 10 games.
Matt Flemer (2-2) took the loss for Cal, going 6 1/3 innings while allowing five runs on eight hits. Brett Jackson led the Bears at the plate with a 2-for-5 outing, while first basemen Mark Canha also had two hits.
After falling behind early, the Beavers came back in the fourth, putting two men on base with one out. A wild pitch by Flemer moved the runners to second and third, giving Rob Folsom an opportunity with two runners in scoring position. The Oregon State designated hitter came through with a single into shallow center field that scored both runners and pulled the Beavers even.
In the next inning, the fifth, Wallace led off with a walk and was advanced to second by a sacrifice bunt from shortstop Joey Wong. Santos quickly followed with a single past third baseman Michael Brady to score Wallace and give the Beavers their first lead of the game.
The Beavers return to action on Saturday as they take on the Bears in the second game of the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Right-hander Greg Peavey is scheduled to get the start for the Beavers against California righty Brian Diemer.
Oregon State Notes: The crowd of 2,138 at Goss Stadium was the largest home crowd of the year for the Beavers... Tyler Waldron has received a win in each of his past three starts... Mike Miller made his fourth start of the year, playing right field... John Wallace and Adalberto Santos both stole a base in the seventh inning. They share the team lead with four steals each and are a combined 8-for-11 in stolen base attempts for the year... Rob Folsom got the start at designated hitter and drove in two for his third multi-RBI game of the season... Oregon State has now outscored its opponents 37-8 (plus-29) in the seventh inning this season. Last year the Beavers largest scoring margin in an inning was plus-17 in the eighth... The Beavers are now 5-0 when wearing their all-white uniforms.
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