Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader From Maine
March 20, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tanner Robles scattered two hits over eight innings and the 18th-ranked Oregon State baseball team erupted for 12 runs in a 12-2 victory over Maine in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Goss Stadium.
'We came back after holding on to the first game win and we're obviously happy to see that,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'Tanner threw well, and did so after having to sit awhile during a couple big innings. These are important wins as we get close to the end of the non-conference play before Pac-10 games begin.
Robles struck out a career-best 12 batters in the win, the most since Mike Stutes totaled 12 against UNLV in 2007.
Robles allowed a hit to start the fourth, then gave up a triple in the eighth, but otherwise worked well through the Maine lineup. The lefty surpassed his previous career-best seven strikeouts, and his only run allowed - in the fourth - was unearned.
The lefty improved to 4-1 on the year, lowering his earned run average to 1.72 from 2.31 in the process.
The Beavers finished with 15 hits in the second game, just a day after posting a season-best 18. Stefen Romero paced Oregon State with three hits, giving him five on the day. Keith Jennette tied for the team lead, posting three hits as well.
Rob Folsom, Matt Boyd and Danny Hayes each had two hits apiece for Oregon State, which pushed its in streak to seven games, its longest since concluding the 2007 season at 10 straight. The Beavers are 13-3 on the year, while Maine is now 7-11.
Hayes had three RBI in the win, while Jennette had two.
Hayes continued his hot start at the plate, doubling home a run to start the Beavers' scoring in the second. Through the first three games of the season, Hayes, who played in five innings in the second game of the doubleheader, has eight RBI. He also drove in two more in OSU's seven-run second.
The Beavers blew the game open in the third as OSU scored seven runs, all coming with two out. The Beavers also rapped out seven hits in the inning.
Boyd singled home two in the inning, as did Jennette, highlighting the big inning for the Beavers.
The Beavers added four runs in the seventh, highlighted by back-to-back home runs off the bats of Carter Bell and Folsom, who both belted their first home runs of the season. Both Ryan Gorton and Adalberto Santos drove in runs during the inning, helping OSU to double-digit runs and hits for the second time over the weekend.
Four players had one hit apiece for Maine.
Steve Perakslis dropped to 1-2 on the year after he allowed nine hits and eight runs in four innings of work.
In the first game, OSU held on for a 7-5 victory.
Romero hit his second home run in as many games and Hayes drove in two in his second consecutive start as the Beavers opened the doubleheader with the win.
Tyler Waldron made his fifth start of the season, and went six innings to improve to 3-1 on the year. Waldron scattered five hits and four runs while striking out seven.
Sam Gaviglio threw to one batter in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Oregon State and Maine conclude the four-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. PT. Tickets are still available at the Goss Stadium ticket office, which opens 2 ½ hours before first pitch.
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OREGON STATE NOTES: Brent Warren made his third start of the season ... He came out in the third after being hit by a pitch, however ... The Beavers swept their second doubleheader of the season ... OSU improved to 6-0 all-time against Maine ... The seven-game win streak is the Beavers' longest of the season and the team's longest since taking 10 straight to end the 2007 season.
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