Two-Run Innings Doom Cats
May 28, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Joey Rickard and Rafael Valenzuela hit run-scoring triples for Arizona, but Adalberto Santos his a pair of two-run homers for Oregon State as the Wildcats dropped the series opener by a score of 6-3 on Friday evening at Goss Stadium.
Santos went 3-for-3 at the plate with the two homers, a walk and four runs batted in, single-handedly giving Arizona starter Kurt Heyer his fourth loss of the season.
The Beavers (29-21, 10-14 Pac-10) jumped on top with a pair of runs in the home half of the first inning. Dylan Jones and Santos hit one-out singles and came in to score on a two-RBI double by Danny Hayes.
The Wildcats (32-20, 11-13 Pac-10) answered with a run in the top of the second as Steve Selsky and Cole Frenzel singled to lead off the frame. A sacrifice flyout by Robert Refsnyder scored Selsky, but a double play groundout by Seth Mejias-Brean prevented further damage.
OSU added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning as Santos drove a two-run home run over the left centerfield fence to push the lead to 4-1.
Arizona cut into that lead with two runs in the top of the fifth inning thanks to back-to-back two-out RBI triples by Rickard and Valenzuela. But in the bottom half of the inning, Santos re-extended OSU’s lead to a three-run margin with his second two-run home run of the game, this time to straight away left field.
Heyer pitched into the seven inning, finishing with 6.1 innings pitched in which he allowed the six earned runs. He scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out four in the game as he fell to 6-4 on the season.
OSU starter Greg Peavey turned in an impressive 7.2 innings of work. He scattered seven hits, but allowed just the three runs. He struck out three and walked two as he improved to 5-3 on the season. Releiver Tyler Waldron held the Wildcats scoreless over the final 1.1 innings, tallying a pair of strikeouts.
Both teams stranded five runners in the game, but the Wildcats saw a pair of innings come to an end on double play groundouts that could have otherwise kept innings going longer and open up further scoring opportunities. It did not happen as the Beavers prevailed in the error-free game by both clubs.
The teams will continue the three-game series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Goss Stadium. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest.