Ortiz's Single in 11th Gives Beavers Walk-off Win and Sweep of Cal
April 5, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ryan Ortiz drove a ball into left-centerfield with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to cap a late-inning comeback and give Oregon State a 5-4 victory over California in front of a Goss Stadium regular-season record crowd of 3,023 on Sunday afternoon.
The win gave the Beavers a sweep of the Golden Bears after winning 8-4 on Friday and 6-2 on Saturday. It is Oregon State's first sweep of a Pac-10 club since taking three from Washington State in 2006. It is also the Beavers' first Pac-10 sweep at home since taking all three from Stanford that season.
'It's good to get a sweep of California in our first Pac-10 home series and it was good to see Ryan get that game-winning hit,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'We shouldn't have let it get to the 11th, but we showed resilliance in picking up the win.'
The Beavers (18-6 overall, 5-1 Pac-10) entered the bottom of the 11th inning down one after California (15-14 overall, 3-6 Pacific-10 Conference) took its first lead of the game in the top half of the inning. One-out walks by Joey Wong and Adalberto Santos, and a single by Stefen Romero loaded the bases for Carter Bell. Bell, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth, drove an offering from pitcher Kevin Miller (1-2) up the middle to tie the game at four and set the stage for Ortiz. The Oregon State catcher came through with the base hit to drive in Santos and give the Beavers their 10th win in their last 11 games.
Jorge Reyes started the game for the Beavers and allowed just one run over seven innings of work. The right-hander scattered seven hits across his outing and struck out six while walking just one. Reyes has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last three starts and has an ERA of 1.71 over that stretch.
Freshman Sam Gaviglio (4-1) came on in relief for the Beavers in the 10th and pitched two innings, allowing one run on one hit, and striking out one. The victory ties him with Reyes for the most wins on the Oregon State staff.
Santos went 1-for-3 from the plate and reached base in five of his six plate appearances, including his walk in the 11th. Santos is currently riding a four game hitting streak and has a hit in 22 of the Beavers 24 games this season. He also stole two bases on the day to give him the team lead with six.
Jared Norris collected two hits on the day for his second multi-hit game of the season. He walked in his other two plate appearances and drove in the Beavers' first run of the game with a bases-loaded walk in the first inning.
Romero started at third base for the 15th time this year and went 3-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI. The effort was his team leading 13th multi-hit game of the season.
The Beavers got off to a quick start in the game, with five straight hitters reaching base in the first inning. Norris's walk, followed by a passed ball by catcher Eddie Hsieh, allowed Santos to score and gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead. After consecutive one-out singles by Romero and Norris in the third inning, Ortiz doubled for the eighth time of the season and drove in Romero from second to extend the lead to 3-0.
After California got their first run of the game in the eighth inning, shortstop Brian Guinn came through for the Golden Bears with a bases-loaded, two-out single to tie the game off of Oregon State closer Kevin Rhoderick. Gaviglio came on in the 10th and allowed a run in the top half of the 11th, which put Cal up, 4-3, but just for that half of the inning.
Oregon State now hits the road for a series at Arizona that starts on Thursday. Catch each of the three games live on the Beaver Sports Network.
Oregon State Notes: Oregon State used the same starting lineup for consecutive games for the first time this season on Saturday and Sunday... The Beavers are now 8-0 at Goss Stadium this season and are the only Pac-10 team with an undefeated home record... The win, coupled with a Washington State loss, puts the Beavers alone in second place in the Pac-10 standings... Jorge Reyes, Tyler Waldron, and Greg Peavey combined to throw 21 2/3 innings in their three starts over the weekend and came away with a combined ERA of 2.90 over those three starts.
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