Late Inning Rally Falls Short As Beavers Edged By Trojans

April 17, 2009

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ryan Ortiz went 2-for-3 with two doubles and Tyler Waldron pitched through the seventh inning for the fourth time in nine starts, but it was not enough as USC was able to hold off the Beavers for a 4-3 win on Friday night at Goss Stadium.

Ortiz extended his hitting streak to nine games in the fourth inning with a two-out double that was driven down the right field line. The Beavers' (22-8 overall, 7-3 Pacific-10 Conference) catcher added a second double in the eighth inning with a drive that bounced off the center field wall for his 14th extra-base hit of the season.

Tyler Waldron took the loss for the Beavers despite retiring the final 10 hitters he faced. The Trojans (18-16, 8-5) got to Waldron early as USC shortstop Grant Green scored from first on a hit-and-run by Ricky Oropesa in the first. Waldron allowed three more runs over the next three innings, but did not allow a baserunner after the fourth inning.

Waldron dropped to 3-2 on the year.

Reliever Josh Osich finished the game for the Beavers and retired the first five hitters he faced; four by strikeout. The only runner that reached base was right fielder Alex Sherrod, who was caught stealing to end the top of the ninth.

The Beavers found themselves down 4-0 as they entered the seventh inning, but Romero's leadoff double put them in business. John Wallace used a bunt single to third base to advance Romero and put runners on the corner for left fielder Koa Kahalahoe, who doubled into right-centerfield to score Romero and give Kahalahoe his fourth RBI of the year. A groundout by Brett Casey scored Wallace and Joey Wong singled through the right side of the infield to drive in Kahalahoe and bring the Beavers within one.

After the three-run seventh, Oregon State rallied in both the eighth and ninth innings but came up shorthanded. The Beavers put runners on first and second in the eighth but could not get them into score. In the ninth, Oregon State rallied again. Michael Miller reached on a walk and eventually moved to third on a wild pitch before the game's final out was recorded. Robert Stock held off the Beavers in 1 1/3 innings, allowing two walks while striking out two, for his fourth save of the season.

Brad Boxberger threw 7 1/3 strong innings to get the win for the Trojans. The right-hander struck out six and gave up seven hits to improve to 3-3 on the year.

Green went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, and Brandon Garcia homered in the fourth inning to lead USC's offense.

Stefen Romero doubled and scored in the seventh inning for his team-leading 16th extra-base hit of the season. The double extended his hitting streak to three games.

The second game of the series between the Beavers and the Trojans will take place Saturday. Greg Peavey (3-2) is scheduled to take the mound for Oregon State and will be opposed by USC's Andrew Triggs (3-1). First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.

Please note that only outfield bleacher seats remain for both Saturday and Sunday's games at Goss Stadium.

Oregon State Notes: Joey Wong drove in his 21st run of the season with his single in the seventh inning ... Josh Osich struck out four batters for the third time this year in his third multi-inning outing ... Michael Miller came to the plate four times in the game, yet did not record an official at-bat. The Beavers' right fielder walked three times and was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.

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