Wong, Norris Lead Beavers Past Arizona In Series Finale
April 11, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Joey Wong went 3-for-5 and Jared Norris hit a home run for the second consecutive day as the duo helped lead the 16th-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 8-3 win over Arizona Saturday in the three-game series finale at Sancet Stadium.
With the win, the Beavers took the series from the Wildcats, 2-1. It's Oregon State's first series win in Tucson since the 1963 season when Arizona was a member of the Western Athletic Conference and the teams were meeting for the first time.
The win also put Oregon State at 20-7 overall this season - and 7-2 in Pacific-10 Conference play. The team reached the 20-win plateau in just 27 games; last year's club took 34 games to win 20.
"We bounced back after a tough loss Friday and had a good offensive day," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "This was a good win in a tough place to play. Joey looked good at the plate and Jorge (Reyes) threw very well. He earned that win."
On Saturday, Wong set a season-high with three hits. He singled in the first and duplicated his first at bat in the second, driving in two runs. In the seventh, he reached on a double to start the inning and scored on Norris' third home run of the season. Wong now has 10 multiple-hit games this season, putting him just two behind his season total of 12 last season.
Norris, who homered to left on Saturday, took a 1-1 pitch from Arizona reliever Kory Burns and hit it just under the scoreboard in right center. The round-tripper gave the Beavers a 7-3 lead and capped off a strong weekend for the first baseman. He finished the three-game series with two home runs and five RBI.
Ryan Ortiz also hit a home run for the Beavers, who saw two players homer in the same game for the second time this season. With the game seemingly in hand for OSU, Ortiz swatted an 0-1 pitch over the left center field fence in the ninth for his first home run of the season, giving the Beavers their five-run advantage entering the last half inning.
Reyes worked 7 2/3 innings and used OSU's eight runs fully to his advantage. In his eight appearance and seventh start of the season, he scattered eight hits and three runs while striking out five to improve to 5-1 on the year. Reyes allowed three runs and four hits in the second, but limited the Wildcats to no runs and four hits from that point on.
Oregon State chased Arizona (14-16, 3-9) starter Donn Roach after just 2 1/3 innings, saddling the righty with five hits and five earned runs. He came out in the third after a ground rule double by Wallace that scored Ortiz and gave the Beavers a 5-3 lead.
The Beavers opened the game with four runs in the second. Ortiz scored the first run of the game on a throwing error by Arizona third baseman Brad Glenn. The next batter, Wallace, reached when the Wildcats went after Jared Norris at the plate on squeeze bunt. Norris was safe on the play, giving OSU a 2-0 advantage.
The 4-0 advantage dwindled quickly, however, when Arizona posted three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the second. Catcher Dwight Childs drove home two with a double down the left field line and Kyle Stiner drove in the third run of the inning on a groundout.
All told, the Beavers posted nine hits off four Arizona pitchers. Roach, by the virtue of his five runs allowed, took the loss and dropped to 1-4 on the year. Wong's three hits led the Beavers, while Ortiz finished with two - his home run in the ninth and a single in the third.
Ortiz extended his hit streak to six games and finished the weekend against Arizona batting .571 (8-for-14) with six runs and two RBI. During his six-game streak, Ortiz, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, is 14-for-26 (.538) with nine runs scored and six RBI.
Now that the series with Arizona is over, the Beavers will set their sights on BYU for a two-game series that starts Monday. Each of the two games will start at 5 p.m. PT at Goss Stadium and be available on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Probables for both teams have yet to be announced.
Oregon State Notes: Brett Casey batted in the leadoff spot for the first time this season ... John Wallace, who had batted leadoff for the last five straight, was in the seventh spot Saturday, the fifth time in 2009 he was there ... Joey Wong's first-inning single gave the Beavers a baserunner for the first time in the series ... The win was the 16th of Jorge Reyes' career ... Reyes improved to 12-7 in day games and 5-1 in the month of April ... Saturday's forecast called for rain and the game opened with a light drizzle.
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