Baseball Edged In Midweek Opener
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Garret Forrester hit a ninth-inning home run and Oregon State had runners on first and second in the ninth in a 10-9 loss to Santa Clara Tuesday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Forrester hit a solo home run to lead off the ninth. The Beavers then put back-to-back runners on base via walks but were unable to plate either as Santa Clara closer Travis Howard picked up his fourth save of the season.
The teams combined for 19 runs on 21 hits, 11 walks and three hit by pitches.
Offensively, Oregon State was led by Andy Armstrong, who went 3-for-4, and Ryan Ober, who was 2-for-3 with two walks. Forrester's home run pushed his hit streak to five games.
Santa Clara (7-12 overall) led off the game with four in the first; the Beavers responded with four in the second on doubles by Kyler McMahan and Matthew Gretler.
OSU held the lead at 5-4 in the third, but the Broncos' Jake MacNichols hit a three-run home run in the fourth. The beavers evened the score at seven via a fielder's choice and error in the fourth, but Santa Clara went up for good with one in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
Armstrong drove home a run in the seventh to make it a two-run game before Forrester pulled the Beavers (13-5) to within one two innings later.
Cole Kitchen held the Beavers to three hits and a run in 3 2/3 innings. He picked up the win to improve to 4-0 this season.
Jaren Hunter took the loss for Oregon State, dropping to 0-1. He allowed two hits and a run in 1 1/3 innings.
The teams conclude the two-game midweek series Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. PT.
Follow The Game
Wednesday's game will be live streamed; the link can be found by visiting osubeavers. Live stats, info on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn and more can also be found by visiting osubeavers.com.
Keyes Makes Debut
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Keyes, the brother of OSU letterwinner, Kavin (2011-14), made his Oregon State debut on Tuesday. He worked one inning and struck out three while allowing three hits and two runs.
Against Santa Clara
The meeting was the first between the teams since 2008 in San Diego, a game the Beavers' won 12-10. Tuesday's game was also the first time Santa Clara had ever played in Corvallis.
First In The First
Santa Clara's four-run first inning marked the first time an opponent had scored a run in the opening frame this season.
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