Beavers Sweep Series Behind Solo Homers, Boyd's Sharp Start
March 21, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tyler Smith and Adalberto Santos each hit solo home runs and Matt Boyd allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings and the 18th-ranked Oregon State baseball swept its four-game series with Maine with a 2-1 victory Sunday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
'We scored two runs when we needed them and the pitching had a good day,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'Matt threw well and helped himself out with a couple hits and we're happy to get the sweep and move on.'
Smith's and Santos' home runs were solo and came in the Beavers' two-run third, which was all the scoring OSU needed. Smith started the inning with a 1-0 home run over the left field fence, clearing the 2007 National Championship sign at the top of the fence.
It was Smith's first career home run and gave OSU a 1-0 lead.
Santos followed with his second home run of the year, another solo shot approximately 30 feet to the right from where Smith's landed. It came on a 1-0 pitch as well from Maine starter Matt Jebb, who took the loss and fell to 0-3 on the year.
Boyd lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and a run while striking out four. He exited in the seventh, and gave way to Kevin Rhoderick, who went 2 1/3 innings in his second appearance of the weekend.
Rhoderick was perfect through his first seven batters, but allowed a two-out single in the ninth. That prompted the Beavers to bring in Kraig Sitton, who threw just one pitch for his first save of the season.
Boyd earned the win and improved to 3-0 on the year. The lefty dropped his earned run average to 1.77, and he also supported himself offensively by going 2-for-4 with a double.
Carter Bell paced the Beavers by going 3-for-3. The sophomore belted two doubles in the win.
Boyd's only blemish came in the sixth. Maine started the inning with a double off the bat of George Tager, and he scored when the next batter, Tony Patane, singled up the middle. The Black Bears, who dropped to 7-12 on the year, managed to get runners on second and third with one out, but Boyd got out of trouble by inducing Maine into a popup and lineout to end the inning.
Oregon State improved to 14-3 on the year with the win, and the Beavers won their eighth consecutive game, which is the team's longest win streak since OSU won 10 straight to end the 2007 season.
The Beavers continue their homestand Wednesday when Southern Utah visits Corvallis. The game is slated for a 5:30 p.m. PT start at Goss Stadium.
Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS, visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum or by going online at osubeavers.com.
For fans who can't make it to the game, catch it on the Beaver Sports Radio Network or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Mike Parker will call all the action.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The game was unofficially delayed 10 minutes due to a short rain shower in the first ... The tarp had been put at home plate, but only long enough for the teams to return to the dugout ... The game was the seventh straight at home for OSU as the Beavers are in the midst of an 11-game homestand.
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