Baseball Uses A Ninth-Inning Rally For Win At UCLA
April 25, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Joey Wong's single up the middle capped off a three-run ninth as the Oregon State baseball team rallied for a 5-3 win over UCLA Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Down 3-2 entering the ninth, Oregon State needed to rally to win its first game of the weekend. Wong's single up the middle scored two and capped off a excellent fundamental inning for the Beavers, who utilized three hits, a walk and a sacrifice bunt to take a two-run lead off UCLA and Gavin Brooks, who dropped to 0-3 this season.
Rob Folsom started off the inning with a single up the middle, and moved to second on a Brett Casey sacrifice bunt. Adalberto Santos, pinch hitting for Michael Miller, walked, setting up runners on first and second with one out.
Both runners moved up a base when Brooks threw his first pitch to Max Shupe in the dirt. The next pitch Brooks threw to Shupe came back through the box on a single up the middle, tying the game when Folsom scored from third. Brent Warren then pinch ran for Shupe, and moved to second on a passed ball, setting up Wong's two-run single.
The rally was necessitated by Chris Giovinazzo's pinch-hit home run off Oregon State reliever Josh Osich in the seventh. The solo shot went over the right field fence and gave UCLA a one-run lead.
Two batters later, Osich gave way to Oregon State closer Kevin Rhoderick. The Oregon State closer picked up the win after working 1 2/3 innings in relief of Osich and improved to 2-1 this season.
UCLA (18-21 overall, 10-7 overall) took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Casey Haerther singled to left. But the Beavers (24-10, 9-5) tied in the game in their half of the sixth when Casey, pinch hitting for Logan Lotti, blooped a single down the right field line. It scored John Wallace, who led off the inning with a walk.
The game remained tied at two for another full inning before Giovinazzo's pinch-hit home run.
Ryan Ortiz finished the game 3-for-4, singling in each at bat. The catcher has 15 multiple-hit games this season after Saturday's effort. Ten of those 15 multiple-hit games have occurred in Ortiz's last 13 games.
Wong's two RBI paced the Beavers.
All told, the Beavers managed seven hits off UCLA starter Trevor Bauer, who went eight full innings but did not figure in the decision. Bauer scattered two runs while striking out seven and walking one.
Greg Peavey made his ninth start of the season and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs with five strikeouts. He left with a 2-1 UCLA lead, but the Beavers' run in the sixth gave him a no-decision.
Peavey was replaced by Mark Grbavac in the fifth. The right-hander made his ninth appearance of the year - his first since April 5 - and worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings before giving way to Osich in the seventh.
Haerther led UCLA with two hits.
The win was the first for the Beavers this season when trailing entering the ninth,
The Beavers and Bruins finish the three-game series in a 1 p.m. PT start on Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Right-hander Jorge Reyes (5-1, 3.68 ERA) is slated to go for Oregon State while righty Charles Brewer (1-4, 3.86 ERA) will get the nod for UCLA. Make sure to catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action.
Oregon State Notes: Stefen Romero's first-inning triple was his first of the season and stretched his hit streak to seven games ... The Beavers turned their league-leading 19th double play in Pac-10 games in the second inning ... The next closest team at the start of the day was California, which had turned 13 ... Despite making an error Friday night, the Beavers also come into the day as the Pac-10's leader in least number of errors at eight, ahead of Stanford, which had turned 12 ... Arizona and Oregon both came into the day tied for the Pac-10 lead in league games with 25 apiece ... Mark Grbavac's appearance was his first since April 5 against California ... Ryan Ortiz has now had multiple-hit efforts in 10 of his last 13 games.
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