Beavers Down UALR To Win Regional Opener
June 3, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ryan Barnes tallied three hits and Danny Hayes and Garrett Nash each homered as the Oregon State baseball team overcame a four-run deficit to defeat UALR, 7-4, in the Beavers' regional opener Friday night at Goss Stadium.
The win sets up a 6 p.m. PT matchup with No. 2 Creighton Saturday night. UALR, meanwhile, will play No. 3 Georgia in an elimination game Saturday at 1 p.m.
"This is obviously a great way to start this regional," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "We started off slow but picked up it when it counts. Now, we have a very good Creighton team to play tomorrow."
Barnes went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs to pace the Beavers offensively as the club finished with 12 hits off Arkansas-Little Rock's Travis Henke and Garret Graziano. Graziano took the loss after allowing five hits and three runs in 2 1/3 innings. He is 6-10 this season.
OSU found itself down 4-0 after 4 ½ innings, but the Beavers answered back with two runs in the fifth on a triple by Barnes and a groundout by Jared Norris.
The Beavers (39-17) pulled ahead for good with three runs in the sixth when Hayes hit a solo home run, Bell doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Garrett Nash homered in the eighth to cap off the 7-4 win.
Hayes and Bell each finished with two hits in the win, while Greg Garcia and Jason Houston (24-33) each paced the Trojans with two hits apiece.
Tony Bryant threw a scoreless ninth for his 11th save of the season.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The game marked the 58th in Oregon State's postseason history and the 19th at what is now Goss Stadium ... It was their 12th NCAA Regional game at home ... Thirteen active Beavers came into the game with NCAA postseason experience ... James Nygren made his third postseason appearance and first start ... The four-run comeback tied a season-best for the Beavers, who came back from a 4-0 deficit in a 7-6 win against Washington State on April 22 and a 5-1 deficit in a 7-5 win at UCLA on April 29 in Los Angeles ... Oregon State is 34-0 when leading into the seventh inning ... The Beavers are 31-12 when facing right-handed starting pitchers ... Oregon State improved to 21-7 at home this season ... Danny Hayes' home run was his first since May 14 at Washington ... Carter Bell tallied his 12th multi-hit game of the season while Danny Hayes hit double figures at 10 ... The Beavers have won their regional opener in their last five postseason appearances ... OSU is 10-2 at home during regional play and 16-3 all-time in the postseason at Goss Stadium.
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