Wallace's Grand Slam Powers Beavers Past oregon
April 28, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - John Wallace hit his first career grand slam in the fifth inning and Ryan Ortiz collected his 12th multi-hit game in his last 15 as Oregon State defeated Oregon, 10-2, at Goss Stadium on Tuesday night in a non-conference version of the Civil War.
With the game tied at two in the fifth inning, Wallace came to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. The Beaver (25-11 overall) center fielder pulled a 1-1 offering from Oregon (13-29) starter Madison Boer (1-5) over the right field fence to break the tie and give Oregon State a lead they never relinquished. The grand slam was Wallace's first of his career and the Beavers second of the season. A sacrifice fly in the eighth inning gave him five RBI on the day, a career-high.
"John had a good day at the plate; obviously the grand slam reflects that," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Today was a big win for us as we get ready for Arizona State."
Ortiz singled twice to extend his hitting streak to four games and give him a team-leading 17th multi-hit effort on the season. The Beavers' catcher has a hit in 14 of his last 15 games, with two or more base knocks in 12 of those contests. His single in the first inning to drive in Wallace gave the Beavers their 22nd first-inning run and Ortiz his 28th RBI of the year.
Sam Gaviglio picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season. The freshman right hander went five innings and struck out six, allowing just three hits. He sat down the first 10 Oregon hitters he faced, five by strikeout, and retired the side in order in four of his five innings of work. Gaviglio is now 2-0 in two starts for the Oregon State.
James Nygren came on in relief for Gaviglio in the sixth inning and gave up one hit in two innings of work for his ninth scoreless appearance in 12 outings. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.31 in 20 and 2/3 innings on the year.
Jared Norris went 2-for-3, scored two runs and drove in one more for the Beavers. It was the first baseman's fourth multi-hit of the season.
Adalberto Santos collected singles in the fifth and eighth innings for his seventh multi-hit game of the season and reached base in three-out-of-four plate appearances. His single in the fifth inning gave him his 27th RBI of the season.
Boer took the loss for Oregon, giving up seven runs, five earned, over 4 1/3 innings of work. Curtis Raulinaitis and Danny Pulfer each had two hits for the Ducks.
After Gaviglio retired the side in order in the first, Wallace led the Beavers half of the inning off with a double into left-center field and was advanced to third by a Joey Wong groundout. Ortiz followed with a sharply hit single past Oregon shortstop K.C. Serna to drive home Wallace and put Oregon State on the board.
The Beavers tacked on one more run in the second and held a 2-0 lead before back-to-back hits by Raulinaits and Serna put the Ducks on the board in the fourth. Two batters later, Pulfer singled up the middle to score Serna and tie the game at two.
The tie game did not last long as Oregon State put its first three hitters on base to lead off the fifth inning. Back-to-back singles by Michael Miller and Koa Kahalehoe, followed by an error by Duck catcher Paul Eshleman on a John Tommasini bunt set the table for Wallace. The senior saw two pitches before launching a high fly ball that carried over the right field fence and put the Beavers ahead for good.
Oregon State will now turn its attention to Arizona State in a three-game series that starts Friday at Goss Stadium. A limited number of seats remain for Friday and Sunday's games, while tickets are sold out for Saturday's contest. For tickets, call 1-800-GOBEAVS, visit the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum or go to osubeavers.com, the online home of Oregon State Athletics.
As always, fans can catch the games live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
Please note that the times for Saturday and Sunday's games have changed. Saturday's game is a 5 p.m. PT start while Sunday's is now at 12 p.m.
Oregon State Notes: With the win, Oregon State improved to 12-2 at Goss Stadium for the 2009 season ... The game marked the first time Oregon played at Coleman Field since 1981 ... The Beavers are now 3-1 against the Ducks this season ... By scoring 10 runs in the contest, Oregon State improved to 20-0 when scoring six or more runs this season ... Joey Wong saw his season-long hitting streak of seven games end on Tuesday.
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