Miller And Ortiz Combine To Go 4-for-5 As Beavers Hold Off BYU
April 13, 2009
Miller collected his third multi-hit game of the season with singles in the second and fifth innings. His first-inning single with the bases loaded scored two OSU (21-7) runners and gave the outfielder his eighth and ninth runs batted in of the season.
Ortiz reached base in his first three plate appearances and scored in the second inning. He went 2-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to seven games. During those games, the catcher is hitting .551 with 10 runs scored and seven RBI.
'Michael and Ryan each had two hits but it was a balanced offensive game for us,' head coach Pat Casey said. 'We needed to get the week started off well and I think we did that against a very tough BYU club.'
Oregon State infielder Stefen Romero lined a double down the first base line in the fourth inning for his team leading 29th RBI of the season. The extra-base hit was Romero's 14th of the season, which also leads the team.
Josh Osich and Sam Gaviglio combined to throw eight innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. Both pitchers struck out five Cougar (20-14) hitters. The five strikeouts were a career high for Osich, who also threw a season-long four innings. Gaviglio relieved Osich in the fifth inning and retired the first five hitters he faced, four by strikeout.
With Osich leaving before he could be the pitcher of record, Gaviglio picked up the win to improve to 5-1 this season, tying starter Jorge Reyes for the team lead in wins.
Oregon State closer Kevin Rhoderick entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a one run Oregon State lead. The right-hander forced two pop-ups and a grounder to retire the side in order and record his fifth save of the season.
Max Shupe made the first start of his Oregon State career, hitting sixth and serving as the designated hitter. The junior singled in his first at bat and came around to score the fourth Beaver run of the game.
The BYU offense was led by right fielder Michael Bowen, who went 2-for-4 and drove in four of the Cougars' six runs. Third baseman Steve Parker also contributed with a 2-for-3 effort and scored all three times he reached base. Starter Nathan Bunch (3-2) took the loss for BYU, lasting just one inning and surrendering five runs on four hits before being removed with one out in the second inning.
After falling behind 1-0 after the top of the second, the Oregon State bats woke up in the bottom half of the inning. The first seven Beavers to come to the plate all reached base, and Logan Lotti and Miller each had RBI singles to give the Beavers a 3-1 lead. After Lotti came home on a Bunch balk and Miller scored on a throwing error by Cougar second baseman Andrew Law, each of the first five Beaver hitters had scored and Oregon State had a 5-1 lead.
The Beavers return to action on Tuesday, April 14th as they take on BYU in the second of their two game series. Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
Oregon State Notes: The 2-for-3 effort was Ryan Ortiz's 11th multi-hit game of the season ... For his career, Ortiz is now 6-for-12 with five runs and five RBI against BYU ... Left fielder Logan Lotti extended his hit streak to three games with an RBI single in the second inning ... Stefen Romero's double in the fourth was his team-leading 11th two-bagger of the season; Ortiz is one behind with 10 ... Michael Miller recorded his third multi-RBI game of his career ... John Wallace extended his hitting streak to three games with a single in the second inning ... Dating back to last year, the Beavers are on a 13 game home winning streak ... With the win, Oregon State improved to 18-0 when scoring more than six runs.
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