Smith, Beavers Hold On For Regional-Opening Victory
June 4, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tyler Smith hit his first home run in two months and Greg Peavey allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings to pace the Oregon State baseball team past Florida Atlantic, 6-4, in the opening game of the Gainesville Regional Friday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
The Beavers held on for the two-run win after the Owls scored four runs late in the game to make it interesting. However, Oregon State's offensive attack, which provided Peavey with 10 hits, proved to be enough.
Peavey improved to 6-3 this season after throwing his eighth quality start of the season. The right-hander scattered nine hits and two runs while striking out seven in his 15th start of the season.
Smith, meanwhile, drove in three runs to tie his season high set Feb. 26 against Tennessee. His two-run home run in the second was his first since March 21 against Maine.
Smith opened the game's scoring with a two-run home run in the second. Andrew Susac singled on a blooper to center for the team's first hit of the game, then Smith smashed a 2-1 pitch from FAU starter Mike Gipson that went over the trees in left field. It was Smith's first home run since March 21 against Maine and put OSU up 2-0, a lead they never relinquished.
The Beavers (32-22 overall) broke the game open with a four-run fourth. Dylan Jones singled, moved to second on an infield single and went to third when Florida Atlantic's shortstop threw a ball in the dirt trying to get Susac at first. Smith stroked his third RBI of the game with a single to right that scored Jones.
Carter Bell made it 4-0 in favor of Oregon State with a single to right, then watched as Keith Jennette drove home Smith on another single. Bell ultimately made it 6-0 when Bell scored on a wild pitch.
Oregon State's six-run lead, however, was short lived as the Owls (35-23) posted four runs on three home runs from the sixth to eighth innings. Nick Delguidice hit a two-run shot in the sixth off Peavey, then Florida Atlantic hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to pull within two, 6-4. Dan Scheffler homered to right off reliever Ryan Gorton, then watched as Eddie Cassidy went to left with another solo shot.
That prompted the Beavers to bring in Tyler Waldron, who got out of the inning without any further damage on a groundout, and, after allowing a single up the middle, a strikeout.
Waldron earned the save after going 1 2/3 innings, allowing just a hit while striking out one. The save was his third of the season.
Smith and Susac paced the Beavers with two hits apiece.
Gipson took the loss for Florida Atlantic and dropped to 8-2 this season. He allowed eight hits and six runs over six innings.
Scheffler, Cassidy, Raymond Church and Colby Gratton each had two hits for the Owls.
The game officially started started at 4:21 p.m. ET after a three-hour, 15 minute rain delay due to thunderstorms in the Gainesville area.
The Beavers will await their opponent Saturday, which could be either top-seeded Florida or No. 4 Bethune-Cookman. Oregon State's game will be played at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. in the Pacific Time Zone). If the Beavers play Florida, the game will air live on Sun Sports, which will be available nationally on DirecTV and Dish Network. It will also be streamed online at FoxSportsFlorida.com.
If the Beavers play Bethune-Cookman, the game will not be on television nor will it be streamed.
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