No. 2 Beavers Win First Game In Seattle; Teams Set For Doubleheader Saturday
May 13, 2011
SEATTLE - Ryan Barnes went 4-for-5 and Kavin Keyes drove in three runs - including the game-winner in the fifth inning - as the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated Washington, 6-4, in front of 2,823 fans Friday night at Safeco Field.
The teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday to avoid expected inclement weather in the Seattle on Sunday. Saturday's first game is set for 1 p.m. and will be followed shortly by game two.
Keyes doubled home runs in the fourth and fifth innings and forced his third run in on a sacrifice fly in the ninth that helped give the Beavers cushion on the scoreboard. It was his second RBI, coming during OSU's three-run fifth, that broke a 4-4 tie and put the Beavers ahead for good.
Barnes doubled twice and tripled once in getting his four hits, which marked a career-high. The triple, coming in the fifth, scored two and tied the score at four after the Huskies held a 4-2 lead entering the inning. He also scored the Beavers' sixth run of the game on Keyes' sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Barnes also finished with two RBI.
Overall, Oregon State finished the game with 10 hits off five Washington pitchers. Carter Bell also had two hits for OSU, which improved to 36-11 overall this season and 15-4 in Pacific-10 Conference play. Oregon State now holds a two-game lead for first place in the Pac-10 after second-place Arizona State lost to USC, 5-1, on Friday.
Neither starter went the required distance for the win. OSU starter Josh Osich left with the Beavers down in the fourth and threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs while striking out seven and walking two. He did not figure in the decision.
The same went for Washington (13-31, 4-15) starter Tyler Kane, who left the game in the fifth with a 4-2 lead but saw the Beavers tally three runs in the top half of the inning. He only went four innings, allowing four hits and two runs.
Scott Schultz earned the win for the Beavers after going 2 2/3 innings in relief, allowing just one hit while striking out two. He is 3-0 on the year.
Washington's Jacob Clem took the loss for the Huskies, falling to 3-5 in 2011. He allowed five hits and three runs in three innings.
Tony Bryant came on in the ninth and recorded the game's final three outs for his 10th save of the season.
Washington took the lead in the third with one run, but saw the Beavers tally two runs on back-to-back hits by Keyes and Carter Bell in the fourth.
B.K. Santy highlighted Washington's three-run fourth that pushed Osich to the dugout with an inning-opening home run. Ty Afenir and Brendan Gardner-Young also had doubles in the inning.
Yet again, that mattered little as OSU answered with a two-run triple by Barnes that tied the game at four and a one-out double by Keyes that pushed OSU to the 5-4 lead.
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OREGON STATE NOTES: The game marked the third all-time between Oregon State and Washington at Safeco Field ... The Huskies won, 6-2, in 2007 before the Beavers won 6-4 in 2009.
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