Beavers Blow Out Long Beach State; Teams To Play Two Saturday Starting At 1 P.M.
March 26, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - A nine-run fifth gave the Oregon State baseball team a cushion they would not relinquish in a 16-4 win over Long Beach State in the series opener between the teams Friday night at Goss Stadium.
The teams are now scheduled to play two games Saturday due to expected inclement weather on Sunday (Sunday's regularly scheduled game is now the second game Saturday and there will be no game Sunday). The first game starts at 1 p.m. PT, with the second game starting approximately 45 minutes after the first game's completions.
For fans who have tickets to Saturday's originally scheduled game, they will be good for game one. Tickets for Sunday's game will be good for game two.
For fans who have tickets to both games, a wristband will be issued to you at the Goss Stadium gate enabling you to stay in the stands in between games. For fans who have tickets to the first game but wish to stay for the second, you will need to leave the stadium in between games and purchase a ticket for game two.
"This was obviously a good win and a good way to start the series," head coach Pat Casey said. "We'll get two in tomorrow so we can assure ourselves of playing a three-game series. We'll need to chalk this one up and get back to another strong effort."
The nine runs in the fifth came after a rain delay in the top half of the inning that lasted 1:07. Leading 3-1 at the time of the delay, Oregon State wasted no time in adding to its lead. Rob Folsom drove in two with a single up the middle, and then Carter Bell doubled to right center, scoring Folsom.
Romero led the Beavers with three runs batted in, driving in two with a home run in the seventh. He went 3-for-4 on the night, his team-leading seventh multiple-hit game of the season. He also has six multiple-RBI efforts in 2010.
Parker Berberet also had three hits for the Beavers, as did Bell, who went 3-for-5. Miller had two hits in the win, his second game of the season with two or more hits.
Boyd and Folsom were credited with two RBI apiece - for Boyd, it was fourth multiple-RBI game of the season, and Folsom, it was his fifth.
Hayes began the game's scoring with a sac fly to right, and he was followed shortly thereafter by Berberet, who drove in the team's second run of the game, it also coming in the first, and made it 2-0.
Long Beach State answered with a solo run in the second on an infield single by Kirk Singer, but Santos doubled to right in the fourth to give OSU a 3-1 lead.
Romero capped off Oregon State's night with a two-run home run in the seventh that gave the Beavers a 14-4 lead. Long Beach had added two runs in the seventh to make it 12-2.
With Romero's home run, the Beavers (16-3 overall) have hit at least one in six consecutive games. OSU has 16 home runs this season after totaling 23 all of last season.
Greg Peavey worked 4 2/3 innings, and was in line to get the victory, but he did not return to the mound after the rain delay, and Boyd relieved him with a 2-0 count on the scoreboard. Peavey allowed four hits and a run in his fifth start of the year.
Boyd came on in the top half of the fifth and got a strikeout for his only out of the game. As the pitcher of record because Peavey did not go the minimum five innings for a win, Boyd picks up the win and improves to 4-0 on the year.
Andrew Gagnon started for Long Beach State (9-11) and dropped to 3-3 this season after going four full innings in his sixth appearance of the season. He allowed three runs and seven hits while striking out two.
Oregon State and Long Beach State continue their three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. Lefty Tanner Robles (4-1, 1.72 ERA) goes for the Beavers against right-hander Jake Thompson (2-0, 4.22).
Tickets are still available for the games and can be purchased by visiting the ticket office at Goss Stadium, which opens 2 ½ hours before first pitch.
For fans who can't make it to the series, catch it on the Beaver Sports Radio Network or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Mike Parker will call all the action.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The game marked Long Beach State's first ever trip to Corvallis ... The game was delayed an hour and seven minutes in the top half of the fifth ... The delay started at 7:31 p.m. and it resumed at 8:38 p.m. ... Greg Peavey was taken out after the delay with a 2-0 count and two outs in the fifth ... The nine runs in the fifth were a season-best inning for the Beavers ... Oregon State improved to 4-0 when wearing its white uniforms this season ... The Beavers have outscored opponents, 21-4, in the fifth inning this season ... OSU is 3-0 when committing three or more errors in a game and 6-2 when its opponent does ... The Beavers have won 10 straight, the team's longest since a 10-game win streak to end the 2007 season ... That year, the Beavers also won 12 straight ... The program record is 18 games in both 1951 and 1962.
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