Peavey's Masterful As Beavers Shut Down No. 3 UCLA, 4-1
April 9, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Greg Peavey scattered two hits and a run over his second complete game of the season, and his battery mate, Parker Berberet, hit a three-run double in the seventh to highlight Oregon State's 4-1 series-opening victory over No. 3 UCLA Friday night in front of 2,517 fans at Goss Stadium.
"That's a great game," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "It featured two of the Pac-10's better starters and was really well played throughout. That's an important victory early in this series."
Peavey dueled UCLA's Gerrit Cole, both of whom are considered two of the Pac-10's better pitchers. Peavey needed 121 pitches to go the distance, holding the third-ranked Bruins to two hits and three walks. He struck out six in improving to 3-0 this season.
He retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced, and his only run allowed was a sacrifice fly by Cody Regis in the fourth that tied the game, 1-1.
Peavey lowered his earned run average to 1.91 this season, and improved to 6-1 all-time at Goss Stadium.
Cole made it six innings for the Bruins, but allowed seven walks and three hits while striking out 10 Beavers, who came into the game with a No. 17 national ranking. Three of those walks, however, came in the first, the last of which was issued to Berberet with the bases loaded.
That was Berberet's first RBI of the game, and certainly not his last. Michael Miller led off the seventh with a double, and watched as Stefen Romero was hit by a pitch. The next batter, Andy Quiring, was also hit by a pitch, setting up Berberet's three-run double to the left-center gap. Oregon State was not able to score again during the inning, but it did not matter as Peavey was masterful in his seventh start of the season.
Mitchell Beacom replaced Cole in the seventh and did not get an out, allowing all three OSU runs and a hit. He dropped to 1-1 on the year.
Berberet finished with two hits to pace the Beavers. He also doubled in the third, becoming the fourth Oregon State player to finish with two or more in a game this season.
With the win, Oregon State improved to 20-6 this season and 3-1 in Pacific-10 Conference games. The Bruins dropped to 23-3 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 games.
Oregon State and UCLA continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m. PT.
Tickets are still available for the game 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 game, 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 improved to 13-3 in home games this season ... The win marked the third over two seasons over No. 3 clubs ... The Beavers took 2-of-3 from Arizona State at home last season ... OSU's staff ERA this season is now 2.86 ... The Beavers are on a three-game winning streak ... The announced attendance of 2,517 was the biggest home crowd for OSU this season.
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