Beavers Hold On For 4-3 Win Over USC; Claim Series Win Over The Trojans
April 3, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sam Gaviglio scattered two runs over 5 1/3 in his first start of the season, and Kraig Sitton got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth as the 21st-ranked Beavers posted a series-clinching victory over USC, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans managed to get the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, and Sitton came on with two outs in the inning. He walked the first batter, pinch hitter Garret Houts, but then got Joe De Pinto swinging for his second save of the season.
"This one went down to the wire and I'm proud of the way we hung on," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "That's a good way to end the weekend, and this is a tough ballpark to play in. It always has been for Oregon State, and this was a very good win."
The ninth-inning effort by Sitton saved Gaviglio's outing, as the right-hander went 5 1/3 innings for his first win of the season. He allowed two runs and four hits while striking out four. He was replaced in the sixth by Matt Boyd, who came in and worked three innings of relief. He allowed two hits and a run while striking out two before being replaced by Kevin Rhoderick with one out in the ninth.
Gaviglio and Boyd were sharp through the middle innings. Gaviglio allowed his last hit in the second inning, and the Trojans did not manage another until the seventh, as Gaviglio and Boyd combined to retire 16 consecutive batters.
The Beavers improved to 18-6 on the year and 2-1 in Pacific-10 Conference play as the Beavers claimed the three-game series, just their second all-time series win at Dedeaux Field - their first coming in 2004. USC, meanwhile, dropped to 14-14 overall and 2-4 in Pac-10 games.
The teams combined for five runs and eight hits through the first two innings, but managed just two runs and five hits the rest of the way.
Oregon State jumped on the board and in a big, but unusual, way in the first inning. Adalberto Santos bunted his way on to first to start the game, and then scored when Miller lined a shot down the left field line. The ball stopped at the base of the tarp down the line, and the left fielder Matt Foat threw his hands up in an attempt to get the hit called a ground-rule double. However, the umpires did not award Foat the call and Miller, who did not stop during the entire play, was able to come around for an inside-the-park home run, giving OSU the 2-0 lead.
Two batters later, Boyd lined a single to right, then moved to third when Dylan Jones doubled to almost the exact same spot. Boyd scored OSU's third run of the inning when Carter Bell chopped one to the second baseman, Joe De Pinto.
USC scored both of its runs in the second, and was aided on an error and wild pitch by Gaviglio. Mike O'Neill got the Trojans on the board on a 6-3 putout, scoring Keith Castillo, who had singled to start the inning. Alex Sherrod, the second batter of the inning, moved to second on the 6-3 putout, and went to third on a failed pickoff by Gaviglio. The right-hander then uncorked a wild pitch, putting the game at 3-2.
The Beavers added an insurance run in the ninth. Stefen Romero was hit by a pitch on the first offering by reliever Brandon Garcia, scoring Jared Norris, who started off the inning with an infield single.
Andrew Triggs went seven innings for USC in his seventh start of the season, but dropped to 1-4 on the year after allowing six hits and three runs with a walk and six strikeouts. He was replaced by Garcia in the eighth after throwing 106 pitches.
Miller and Jones paced Oregon State with two hits apiece. Castillo and Sherrod had two hits for the Trojans.
Oregon State returns home to face Portland in a midweek game on Tuesday. First pitch at Goss Stadium is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets are still available for the games and can be purchased by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS, visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum or by going online at osubeavers.com.
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 Beavers donned their orange uniform tops with gray pants ... It was the ninth time this season the Beavers wore their orange uniform tops ... Michael Miller's inside-the-park home run was Oregon State's first since Jason Ogata hit one against Georgia on Feb. 29, 2008 at PGE Park in Portland ... It was Miller's first home run of the season and second of his career ... Sam Gaviglio has now allowed two earned runs in 13 1/3 innings this season, giving him an earned run average of 1.35 ... Opponents are batting .208 against him.
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