Oregon State Baseball Downs Utah Valley
March 20, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Joey Wong hit the first grand slam of the season for Oregon State and Ryan Gorton won his first collegiate start as the Beavers took down Utah Valley, 17-2, on Friday night at Goss Stadium.
Oregon State posted 13 hits, 11 walks and five hit by pitches in the victory, which sent them to their second straight victory over the Wolverines.
"Utah Valley is a good club and we got a good effort from our pitching staff and our offense," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Joey had a great hit on that grand slam and overall it was a good effort."
The middle of the Beavers' lineup was brutally efficient, as Adalberto Santos, Stefan Romero, and Logan Boyd combined for five hits in eleven at-bats, and driving in eight runs, and scoring eight more. Romero went 2-for-5 and Boyd reached base in all four of his plate appearances. He connected with a 1-0 pitch in the third inning that he drove over the right-centerfield fence for his first home run of the year.
Gorton made sure that the Beavers offensive production would stand up as he shut down Utah Valley in his five innings of work. He started the game off strong; striking out three of the first six hitters he faced and faced the minimum three hitters in three of his five innings. Mark Grbavac came on in the sixth for his fifth appearance of the season and shut the Wolverines out over two innings for his third scoreless outing in 2009.
Oregon State picked up right where they left off after Thursday night's 7-0 win over the Wolverines; their first four hitters reached base. Santos hit cleanup and used two-RBI double to give the Beavers an early lead they would not relinquish. In the process, Santos extended his hitting streak to 10 games, equaling the longest streak of the 2008 season achieved by Ryan Ortiz.
The Beavers had already accumulated a 9-0 lead when Joey Wong came to the plate in the sixth inning. Two hit-by-pitches and an error had loaded the bases and Wong proceeded to put an exclamation point on the day's offensive production with a long drive over the right field wall for Oregon State's first grand slam since last season.
Brent Warren made sure that Gorton was not the only Oregon State freshman with a first in the game. A single in the seventh inning marked the first hit of his career. Sophomore first basemen Brandon Haynes tripled in the eighth inning for his first hit of the 2009 season.
Oregon State stays at home Saturday for the first of two games against St. Mary's. The teams will square off at 5 p.m. PT. The game will be available on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
Oregon State Notes: John Wallace hit in the leadoff spot for the first time this year, which is the first time someone other than Joey Wong occupied that spot... Mark Grbavac used just six pitches to retire the side in his first inning of work in the sixth... Brett Casey stole two bases for the first time in his career... Logan Boyd became the fourth Oregon State hitter to go yard with his third inning home run.
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