Baseball Sweeps Home-Opening Doubleheader
March 5, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jake Rodriguez posted two three-hit efforts and Ben Wetzler and Sam Gaviglio combined for two solid outings as the Oregon State baseball team swept a doubleheader over Hartford Saturday at Goss Stadium.
The Beavers won game one, 14-3, in seven innings, then defeated the Hawks, 16-1, in game two.
The games marked the home-opening day slate for Oregon State.
"I'm happy with the way our team played today," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "We put a lot of runs on the board and we had a chance to get a lot of guys in the game. Sam and Ben had very good starts today."
The two-game total of 30 runs was the most in consecutive games for the Beavers since they posted 35 runs - 23 against Northern Illinois and 12 against Missouri - in 2009.
Rodriguez went 3-for-5 in game two to end the day 6-for-8 with two doubles and a run batted in.
Parker Berberet went 3-for-6 in game two and ended the day 5-for-10 with six RBI.
Overall, OSU tallied 27 hits against five Hartford pitchers in the two games.
Luke Acosta went 2-for-2 with four RBI in game two, posting three of those runs driven in on a double in the eighth. His double was one of eight in the second game for OSU (7-3 overall), and overall, of the team's 15 hits in game two, 10 went for extra bases.
Andrew Susac hit a solo home run in the sixth, capping a 2-for-3 effort from the sophomore. He was 4-for-7 with five runs scored and two RBI and he extended his hit streak to six games. He is 11-for-20 during the streak.
Garrett Nash also had two hits in game two for two multiple-hit efforts on the day.
Wetzler earned his first career collegiate victory in the first game, tossing seven innings of two-hit, one-run baseball to improve to 1-1 this season. He struck out nine and got through the game unscathed except for a solo home run by Matt Walker in the second.
That home run gave Hartford (0-2) a 1-0 lead, one that was relinquished with OSU's four-run fourth. Berberet tripled to score Susac and tie the game, 1-1. Rodriguez then doubled home Berberet for the go-ahead run. Brian Stamps, a few batters later and with the bases loaded, doubled to give OSU a 4-1 lead.
OSU tacked on two more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth before blowing the game open with six runs in the seventh. The Beavers posted six hits in the inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Kavin Keyes for his first two career RBI.
Mike Thatcher started for Hartford and took the loss to drop to 0-1 this season. He worked four innings, allowing six hits and six runs before being replaced by Hunter Englehart in the fifth.
Game 1 Recap
Gaviglio threw six scoreless innings and the Beavers broke the game open with four runs in the first and eight in the sixth for the 14-3 win. The game ended after just seven innings due to the mercy rule instituted prior to the game by the head coaches.
Gaviglio upped his record to 2-0 this season after scattering two hits and no walks. He struck out six and extended his scoreless innings streak to 21 in his third quality start of the season.
Berberet gave the Beavers an early 4-0 lead with a bases-clearing double in which he also scored on the play after a two-base error.
OSU extended it to 6-0 in the fourth then more than doubled the lead with eight runs in the sixth. Carter Bell highlighted the inning with a three-run double to the left-center gap. Danny Hayes and Garrett Nash each drew walks with the bases loaded, while Andrew Susac, Brian Stamps and Tyler Smith all drove in runs with singles.
Rodriguez led the Beavers with three hits, while Nash, Susac and Berberet all had two apiece.
Bell and Berberet tied for the team lead with three RBI.
Anthony Mannuccia started and took the loss for Hartford. He allowed six hits and six runs in four innings to drop to 0-1.
Oregon State and Hartford continue the series Sunday with a doubleheader that is scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. Game two of the day will start 30 minutes after the completion of game one.
Catch the games on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). For updates throughout the day, follow the official Oregon State baseball Twitter page by going to www.twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball.
For tickets to the remainder of the weekend series, visit the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, call 1-800-GOBEAVS or visit osubeavers.com.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The first-game win marked the Beavers' eighth consecutive home opening win dating back to the 2004 season ... Sam Gaviglio's 21 consecutive scoreless innings from the mound is nearly half the team record ... Ken Forsch has the program record, having thrown 45 straight scoreless in 1968.
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