Miller Goes Deep As Beavers Defeat BYU, 8-4
April 14, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Michael Miller hit a three-run home run and Ryan Ortiz went 2-for-4 and drove in three more runs as the 14th-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated BYU, 8-4, Tuesday night to sweep the Cougars in the short two-game series at Goss Stadium.
"We took care of business out of conference and had a good effort today offensively," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "The pitching kept BYU from a big inning and that played a big role in the win."
After the Beavers (22-7 overall) had fallen behind 1-0 in the second inning, a one-out double by Max Shupe and an error by Cougar (20-15) second basemen Andrew Law on a Koa Kahalehoe ground ball set the stage for Miller. The sophomore came through in a huge way, launching the offering from Marc Oslund (3-1 in 2009) off of the top of the scoreboard in right-center field for his first career home run. The blast drove in three runs and put Oregon State ahead for good.
Ortiz doubled in the second inning to drive in Brett Casey and extend his hitting streak to eight games. The Beavers' catcher is 18-of-33 (.545) over the streak, which is the second-longest by an Oregon State hitter this season.
Shupe made his second consecutive appearance in the starting lineup for the Beavers, and doubled in his first plate appearance to give himself a three-game hitting streak.
Kahalehoe reached base in two of his four plate appearances while starting in his sixth game of the season. His two-out single in the third inning drove in Ortiz for the fifth OSU run of the game and gave the right fielder his third RBI of the season.
Tanner Robles got the start for Oregon State and took the mound for the first time since his March 7 start against UC Riverside. The Beaver southpaw rung up the first two hitters he faced and spread four hits over his three innings of work, giving up one run. Because he did not go the required five innings, however, he did not figure in the decision.
Ryan Gorton (2-0 in 2009) came on in relief of Robles in the fourth and struck out three over three innings to pick up his second win of the season. James Nygren finished the final three innings, allowing one hit and striking out four to pick up the first save of his career. The reliever lowered his ERA to 1.59 with the outing and opposing hitters are batting just .145 against him.
The BYU offense was led by home runs from Steve Parker and Kent Walton. Parker added a double in the sixth inning and scored twice in a 2-for-4 effort from the plate.
The win improved the Beavers record to 10-0 at Goss Stadium this season. Oregon State has now won 14 of its last 16 games and is on a three-game win streak. The Beavers will try and carry their momentum into a weekend series against Pac-10 rival USC. The first game is scheduled for Friday at Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Catch each of the three games live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
Oregon State Notes: Stefen Romero doubled to right center with two outs for his team-leading 15th double of the season ... Ryan Ortiz's double in the third inning was his 11th two-bagger of the season ... James Nygren struck out four of the first five hitters he faced and three of his five strikeouts on the day caught the batters looking... The eight-run offensive effort improved the Beavers record to 19-0 when scoring more than six runs.
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