Reyes Strikes out 11 as Beavers Finish Homestand 5-0
March 23, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jorge Reyes struck out a career high 11 in seven innings of work, and John Tommasini continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 effort as the Oregon State baseball team defeated Hawai'I, 8-4, to cap of a season-long five-game homestand with a perfect mark.
"Jorge threw very well today and we ended our homestand on a high note," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Hawai'i is a very good club that has beaten some teams this season. We played a balanced game and played tough against Hawai'i."
Reyes' 11 strikeouts were the most by an Oregon State pitcher since Mike Stutes fanned 12 against UNLV on April 20, 2007. Reyes held the Rainbows to four hits over seven innings of work, his longest outing since throwing eight innings against Pacific on May 24 of last season.
He improved to 3-1 on the season, earning his 10th career non-conference victory in the process.
The Oregon State offensive attack was led by Tommasini's three hits, which drove in two Beavers' runs. The effort was his fourth multi-hit game of the season and second three-hit performance in as many games. John Wallace also pitched in with a two-hit game, reaching base three times and scoring two runs. The Beavers are now 8-0 when John Wallace hits in the top two spots in the order.
Adalberto Santos used a two-RBI single in the third inning to extend his team-high hitting streak to 13 games. During the streak, Santos has put up a .373 batting average and driven in 17 runs.
With the win, the Beavers finished their season-long homestand with a perfect 5-0 record. The five game wining streak is also the longest of the season for Oregon State. The last streak of five or more games won by the Beavers came at the end of the 2007 season, when Oregon State won its last 10 games en route to its second national championship.
During the season, the Oregon State pitching staff has used run support to its advantage, as the team is 11-0 on the season when scoring six or more runs. In the five-game win streak, the Beavers have scored at least seven runs in each game.
Solo home runs by Vinnie Catricala and Landon Hernandez kept Hawai'i in the game, but they were not enough as the Beavers scored in each of their last three innings at the plate.
Oregon State's next game comes Friday in Eugene as the Beavers an Ducks renew a rivalry that has lay dormant for the past 28 seasons. The Civil War, presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers, will resume Friday for the first time since the 1981 season when OSU and UO square off at PK Park at 3 p.m. PT. The game can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network and on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
Oregon State Notes: Junior Brett Casey made his first start in the field of the 2009 season, manning third base for the Beavers. His four previous starts came at designated hitter... Adalberto Santos hit in the third spot of the Oregon State batting order for the first time all season... The game was delayed by an hour and a half by rain... With the win, the Beavers are now 8-1 on the season against right-handed starters... In its last 10 games, Oregon State has an 8-2 record.
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