Solid Pitching Not Enough As UW Falls to OSU 4-3 In 10
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Huskies had little room for error and would probably still need a little help as they faced off against the conference's top pitcher. That help came from the sun in the sixth inning as it blinded Oregon State's outfielder leading to a pair of Husky runs. Luck would work both ways tonight though, as a ball lost in the stadium lights in the 10th inning would result in a triple for OSU and, ultimately, the winning run.
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Having seen just one extra batter over the first two innings, the Beavers got to Husky starter Jared Engman in the third as they started off with a single to center field. A ground out to third followed with Michael Snyder charging and making an incredible play firing over to first. A single to left field by the next batter scored the first run of the game from first. Another single through the left side put runners on first and second. Following a fly out to left field, the next batter singled to center scoring the runner on second to put the Beavers up 2-0. A ground out to second ended the inning.
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With two outs and nobody on, the Dawgs worked some magic. Cole Miller got things started with a single through the left side. He then advanced to second on a passed ball, but would've made it there anyway as Johnny Tincher followed with a walk. With runners on first and second and two outs on the board, runners were off on contact as Will Simpson lifted one deep to left. The left fielder, back at the fence, threw his hand up to shield the sun and it soon became evident that he'd lost the ball! Once found he raced toward the line to make a play, but the ball hit the ground leaving Simpson standing on second with a pair of RBIs. AJ Guerrero followed with a golden opportunity and delivered with a line drive to center that scored Simpson to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead.
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RHP Case Matter entered to start the bottom of the seventh and put the Beavers down in order, including a pair of strikeouts. The Beavers wasted no time in the eighth however, as the leadoff batter drove Matter's first pitch over the fence in left center to tie things up at threes. Following a fly out to Cole Miller in left, a single to center brought a call to the bullpen. RHP Stefan Raeth came in and delivered two fly outs of his own to end the inning.
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Raeth continued on the mound and got the leadoff batter to ground out to Simpson at first. A routine fly ball to center followed, but payback for the sun ball was coming as this time McKay Barney lost track of the ball in the stadium lights. It landed far short of his position and the batter soon found himself on third. Coach Meggs put the next two batters on to load the bases. He then moved Coby Morales from right field to third base, giving the Huskies five infielders to help cut the winning run off at the plate. Raeth started with two pitches that just missed low and away. A walk would end the game so he had to deliver a strike and the batter knew it. Raeth offered and the batter connected. With Barney positioned in shallow right field, it just got over his head to give Oregon State the 4-3 win.
Starter Jared Engman was impressive giving up just two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks in five innings of work. Stefan Raeth look the loss giving up one earned run on two hits, three walks, and two strikeouts in two innings of work.
The Dawgs look to even the series in game two tomorrow at 1:35 PM.