Feb. 27, 2010
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
CORVALLIS, Ore. - A pair of big innings were too much for the University of Tennessee baseball team to overcome, as No. 10 Oregon State scored 11 runs with two outs in the fifth and sixth frames to hand the Volunteers their first loss of the 2010 campaign, 17-1, Friday evening at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
"It was just one of those nights," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "It just got away from us. Luckily, it's just one game and we have another one tomorrow. We were hitting the ball hard, just right at people. We got two quick outs in both of their big innings and just couldn't find a way to get the third one.
Junior Bryan Morgado suffered his first loss of the season after allowing five hits and eight runs in 3.2 innings. Despite the tough final line, he was outstanding early on, recording his first eight outs via strikeouts. Tyler Waldron picked up his first win, going 7.2 innings for Oregon State. The junior gave up five hits and allowed just one run, while striking out two and walking a pair of Vols. Tennessee's lone run came on a fifth-inning by sophomore shortstop Zach Osborne.
"I thought Bryan actually pitched pretty well for the most part," Raleigh said. "He was electric, but you have to play the game one pitch at a time. Sometimes you can get away from what you are trying to do and try to do too much. I thought that was the case tonight."
Morgado worked his way out of a jam in bottom half of the first, striking out the side after allowing a pair of runners to reach base. A pitch got away from him and hit Oregon State leadoff hitter Andy Quiring, but he got Carter Bell to chase a curveball in the dirt for the first out. Another curveball in the dirt on the first pitch to Adalberto Santos, however, went for a wild pitch and allowed Quiring to advance to second. The Beavers quickly put another runner on when Santos walked, but Morgado was able to recover and catch Stefen Romero looking and Parker Berberet swinging to end the frame.
Although the Vols stranded another runner at second following a two-out double by Charley Thurber, Morgado continued to roll, striking out the side once again. The 6-3 junior sent Folsom back to the bench after he swung and missed at an 0-2 pitch before getting Tyler Smith to swing and miss at a changeup on the outside corner. Andrew Susac was able to draw a walk when Morgado narrowly missed with an inside fastball, but it went for naught as Keith Jennette went down looking on three pitches.
The Vols threatened in the third as Khayyan Norfork led off the frame with a walk, but Waldron was able to strike out P.J. Polk and induced a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Josh Liles for the second and third outs to bring the Beaver offense back up to the plate.
Despite getting two quick outs on his seventh and eighth strikeouts of the evening, Morgado had trouble getting the final one and Oregon State struck for five runs on four hits to take the early advantage. Just one pitch away from getting out of the inning, Morgado was unable to put Santos away, hitting him in the foot with a 3-2 curveball before walking Romero on four pitches. Berberet then put the first tally on the scoreboard, driving in both runners with a double to the gap in left. The Beavers then added two more runs on back-to-back RBI doubles by Rob Folsom and Smith and Susac made it 5-0 in favor of OSU, lining a 3-2 pitch to left-center to plate another run. Morgado finally brought the inning to a close by getting Keith Jennette to fly out to right for the third out.
Junior Cody Hawn looked to get UT back in the game, leading off the top of the fourth with a sharp line drive to right that fell for a single. Waldron was able to keep the Vols off the board though, getting Blake Forsythe to line out weakly to third before finishing off the frame with a double play for the second inning in a row.
Once again, Morgado recorded two quick outs in the bottom of the fourth, inducing a groundout and getting Bell to line out to left, but the Beavers kept battling. For the second straight inning, Santos was able to start the OSU rally as he was able to lay off a 3-2 pitch to draw his second walk of the game. Romero then followed with a single through the left side and another walk to Berberet, Morgado's fifth of the contest, to load the bases. That would also mark the end of Morgado's day as Raleigh called upon junior left-hander Rob Catapano to come in from the bullpen.
The move did little to halt the Beaver's momentum though, as they proceed to bat-around for the second consecutive inning, scoring five more runs in the process to take an 11-0 lead. The first run came in when Folsom was hit by a Catapano pitch to plate Santos from third. Smith then put two more tallies on the scoreboard with a single to right. Following a walk, a single and another hit batter, Catapano walked Bell to bring in another Beaver run before a fly ball to Liles in center finally sent OSU back to the dugout.
After a couple of quick groundouts in the top half , Osborne finally got Tennessee on the scoreboard with his first home run of the season. The 5-7 sophomore turned on a 1-0 fastball and drove it well over the 16-foot high wall in left. Norfork then drew a walk and moved up to second on his team-leading fifth stolen base. OSU catcher Andrew Susac caught him being a little too aggressive just seconds later, however, picking him off at second from behind the plate.
With Oregon State coming up to bat with an 11-1 lead, the Vols called upon junior Spencer Clifft to make his second appearance in the Orange and White. The 6-5 right-hander sat the Beavers down in order, inducing a groundout, picking off Romero after he singled to left and striking out Folsom.
After the Vols were dispatched in order in the top half of the sixth inning, the Beavers tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the stanza. Smith led off the frame with a single and an error by Duffy at third put two runners on. Jennette followed with a two-RBI base knock, but Clifft was able to mitigate the damage, getting Michael Miller to ground into a double play and striking out Bell looking.
Oregon State tacked on another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly and took advantage of three walks and another hit batter to score three more runs in the bottom of the eighth to move its final tally to 17.
The two teams will be back in action at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium. Sophomore LHP Steven Gruver will toe the rubber for Tennessee, while the Beavers will send LHP Tanner Robles to the mound.
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