Baseball Snaps Streak, Wins Low-Scoring Affair
April 25, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sam Gaviglio allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings and the Oregon State baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Washington State Sunday in the three-game series finale at Bailey-Brayton Field.
"This is obviously a big win for us," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "It was very important to snap the losing streak and come away from this series on a high note."
The 6 2/3 innings marked a season-long for Gaviglio, who made his fourth start of the season and his ninth appearance. He worked the final 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run, and kept Washington State to just five hits and a walk. He struck out three.
Gaviglio threw 101 pitches, 64 of which were strikes. He forced Washington State to strand eight runners, including a bases loaded situation in the fourth. He was relieved by Kraig Sitton in the seventh and the lefty got the final out of the seventh on one pitch.
Gaviglio picked up the win to improve to 2-1 this season and 12-2 in two seasons at Oregon State.
Sitton worked an inning before being replaced by Kevin Rhoderick in the eighth. Rhoderick came on with a runner at first after an error, and allowed a hit before striking out Jay Ponciano to end the inning.
Rhoderick worked a full inning before giving way to Matt Boyd on a double switch - Rhoderick moved to left - with two outs in the ninth. Boyd walked Michael Weber before Rhoderick came back on to pitch in a double switch. He allowed a run in the ninth on a double by Brett Jacobs but picked up his second save of the season.
For the second straight game, the Beavers scored at least a run in the first inning, and on Sunday, manufactured their first two runs. Adalberto Santos led off the game with a single, and moved to third when Michael Miller singled up the middle on a hit and run, placing the ball where the shortstop would have been had Santos not been running.
Santos scored when Stefen Romero singled to left, and Romero and Miller then moved up a base on a wild pitch from starter Travis Cook. Danny Hayes made it 2-0 when he grounded out to second.
Washington State answered with a solo run in the bottom half of the first. Michael Weber laced a two-out triple to right field, and then scored on a wild pitch from Gaviglio.
The Beavers added an insurance run in the ninth off WSU reliever Adam Conley. Andy Quiring, pinch hitting for Dylan Jones, lined a shot to third and reached on a fielder's choice. He moved to second on an error off a Carter Bell grounder, then watched as Tyler Smith, serving as a pinch runner, scored on a single up the middle by Keith Jennette.
Cook failed to get out of the first inning and took the loss to drop to 0-3 this season. He allowed three hits and two runs in 2/3 of an inning before being replaced by James Wise.
Romero and Santos each led Oregon State's offensive attack with two hits apiece as the Beavers tallied eight overall.
Left fielder Rob Folsom finished the game with a 0-for-0 line, getting four walks; one apiece by each of the four Washington State pitchers. His four walks placed him one shy of the school record of five, achieved by Bob Beall against UCLA in 1970.
The Beavers improved their record to 21-13 this season and 4-8 in Pacific-10 Conference play. Washington State, meanwhile, dropped to 21-15 overall and 5-7 in league games.
Oregon State steps out of conference play to visit Oregon Tuesday night at PK Park in Eugene. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action.
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