Oregon State Edged, 11-9, In Irvine
IRVINE, Calif. – Garret Forrester and Joe Casey each homered and Oregon State nearly won its second come-from-behind game in an 11-9 loss to UC Irvine Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.
Dillon Tatum's two-run home run in the ninth inning off Chase Watkins spoiled Oregon State's comeback attempt. The home run pushed UC Irvine to a 23-12 mark this season while the Beavers dropped to 26-11.
OSU scored the game's first two runs but the Anteaters scored six in the bottom half of the first, then one more in the second, to take a 7-2 lead.
Forrester hit his sixth home run of the season in the third as the Beavers began to chip away at UC Irvine's lead. The Anteaters went ahead 9-4 after three but Casey drove in the Beavers' fifth run on a solo shot in the fifth, his fifth home run of the season.
The Beavers scored two more in the sixth, via a balk and Ryan Ober double.
OSU tied the game in the eighth. Jake Dukart grounded out to push the Beavers to within one and Forrester drove in his second run of the day on a single to left.
Watkins took the loss after allowing two hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings. He is 1-2 on the year.
The win went to UC Irvine reliever Andre Antone, who retired just one batter in the ninth. He is 1-0.
Both Casey and Forrester tallied three hits for the Beavers, who totaled 13 as a team. Ober and Jacob Melton had two apiece.
Oregon State and UC Irvine conclude the three-game series Sunday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. PT.
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UC Irvine is slated to provide a live stream of all three games of the series; visit osubeavers.com for the live video direct link. Live stats, info on the Beaver Sports Network and TuneIn and more can also be found by visiting osubeavers.com.
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