Beavers Even Series with 14-4 Victory over Vols

Feb. 21, 2009

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With 10 runs in the final two innings, including eight in the ninth, the Oregon State Beavers defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 14-4 on Saturday afternoon at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The OSU victory evened the weekend series at one game apiece.

Tennessee senior Joey Rosas (0-1, 27.00) took the loss after pitching 2/3 of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out two. Jorge Reyes of Oregon State got the win after pitching three innings in relief of starter Tyler Waldron. Reyes gave up on one run on four hits, walked no one and struck out three.

Sunday's deciding game is scheduled to begin at noon and features the debut of Tennessee right hander Stephen McCray against fellow right hander Greg Peavey of Oregon State.

OSU scored eight runs on three hits in the top of the ninth inning. Tennessee relievers allowed five walks and hit a batter in the inning. Junior Steve Crnkovich recorded one out in the inning, giving up six runs on two hits while walking two. Sophomore Dylan Hochevar, making his Volunteer debut after redshirting the 2008 season, pitch 2/3 of an inning, allowed two runs on one hit and walked three.

"I am disappointed in the result because we have a lot of different arms," head coach Todd Raleigh said. "Going into the eighth, we had just hit the home run to tie it up and I felt like we were in really good shape. We came out and walked the leadoff guy and then it just kinda went from there."

Beaver catcher Ryan Ortiz and right fielder John Wallace led off the ninth inning with back-to-back singles. First basemen Stefen Romero then walked to load the bases. A catcher's interference call sent Brett Casey to first, scoring Ortiz. Third basemen Cater Bell was then hit by a pitch, brining home Wallace from third. The Beavers scored their third run of the inning when second basemen John Tommasini walked to force home Romero.

Oregon State added two more runs on back-to-back, bases-loaded walks to centerfielder Adalberto Santos and pinch hitter Jarred Norris. Ortiz then drove in two more runs on a single to center. A fielding error scored Norris to send the Beaver's eighth run of the inning across the plate.

The Vols started the scoring early, putting a run on the board in the bottom of the first, to take a 1-0 lead. First basemen Cody Hawn hit a double down the left field line to drive in center fielder Kentrail Davis who previously reached on a walk.

The Vols added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to 3-0. Four straight singles put UT in position for a big inning. Right fielder Josh Liles got the scoring going when he singled to centerfield to drive in Davis from third. Davis was hit by a pitch, stole second and then advanced to third on a scoring error by the catcher. Catcher Blake Forsythe then drove in his second run of the season with a single back to the pitcher. Third basemen Tyler Horne scored after reaching base on a single of his own.

Oregon State first basemen Stefen Romero led off the top of the fifth inning with a homerun to left field, cutting the Volunteer lead to 3-1.

The Beavers tied the game at 3 with two runs in the top of the sixth. Santos and Ortiz reached base on singles and were advanced into scoring position on a groundout to second off the bat of Wallace. Tennessee then brought in Knoxville native Matt Ramsey in relief of Morgado. Ramsey gave up the two-run double to first basemen Romero. Romero finished the day 2-for-5 with three RBI.

The Beavers took the lead 4-3 in the top of the seventh. Bell led off the inning with a double to deep center field. Tommasini advanced Bell to third with a sacrifice bunt. Bell then scored when Santos drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Davis tied the game at 4-4 with his first home run of the season, high over the right field wall, in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Oregon State jumped ahead 6-4 in the top of the eighth. Wallace walked to lead off the inning and then stole second to move into scoring position. Casey then singled up the middle to drive in Wallace, giving the Beavers a 5-4 advantage. Tommasini then looped a single into right-center field scoring Casey who had advanced to third on a throwing error.

Left-handed pitcher Bryan Morgado got the start on the hill for the Vols. The sophomore retired the first seven batters he faced before walking Bell in the top of the third. He allowed his first hit the same inning, a single to right field off the bat of shortstop Joey Wong.

Morgado finished the day pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five. Oregon State's starter Waldron allowed three hits on six hits in five innings of work. Waldron walked two and struck out five.

OSU sophomore Tyler Starr came into pitch the bottom of the ninth and retired the Vols in order.





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