It Takes 10: Wallace Hits Walk-Off Single To Beat No. 10 Stanford
CORVALLIS, Ore. John Wallace hit a walk-off single to right center, driving in Jason Ogata from second for the winning run as Oregon State defeated No. 10 Stanford in 10 innings, 10-9, Friday night at Goss Stadium.
Jason Ogata hit a double of the top of the right center fence with one out in the bottom of the 10th to start off the inning. After an intentional walk to Ortiz from reliever Austin Yount, Wallace singled into right center, scoring Ogata and giving the Beavers the one-run victory.
“That was a very big win against a good Stanford club,” Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. “John had a good game as did the entire offense. Our relievers had a good overall effort tonight.”
Wallace singled and scored in both the third and seventh innings and finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Kraig Sitton came on in the eighth and picked up his first career win after going 2 1/3 innings. He recorded the final out of the eighth inning, then struck out the side in the top half of the ninth and was perfect in the top of the 10th.
Yount picked up the loss for Stanford, dropping to 1-2 this season.
Chris Hopkins, Jordan Lennerton and Joey Wong each finished with three hits, while Ryan Ortiz had three RBI on a home run in the first. Lennerton also had three RBI: He hit a two-run shot in the first and drove in a run on a sac fly in the third.
Oregon State tied the game in the eighth when Wong doubled to left center, getting Hopkins in from first. The team threatened in the ninth, but could not get the winning run across the plate, setting up the extra-inning affair.
The Beavers came out swinging in the bottom of the first inning and put up five runs on five hits. Three runs came courtesy of Ortiz’s. Jordan Lennerton pushed two more across the plate with his first home run of the year to deep right field over the newly erected bleacher seating.
Stanford starting pitcher Danny Sandbrink lasted only 2/3 of an inning and gave up all five first-inning runs and hits.
Stanford (15-11 overall, 4-3 Pacific 10 Conference) came back with three runs in the top of the second, all coming on a Sean Ratliff home run off of Oregon State starting pitcher Mike Stutes.
Stutes, meanwhile, went 5 1/3 innings giving up seven runs off of six hits and struck out one batter. He did not figure in the decision.
Oregon State (16-10, 4-3) extended its lead in the bottom of the third inning when Lennerton drove in his third RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field, pushing the Beavers’ lead to three runs, 6-3.
Stanford tied the game, 6-6, on a one-out, three-run home run by Cord Phelps in the top half of the fifth inning. Phelps went 2-for-5, scored one run and drove in four.
Stanford took its first lead of the game in the top of the sixth when Ratliff drove in his fourth run of the game, doubling off Stutes. The Cardinal extended its lead to three, 9-6, by adding two more runs to finish off the sixth.
George brought the Beavers within one run with a two run home run off reliever David Stringer on a full count pitch with two outs in the seventh. Stringer relieved Cardinal starter Sandbrink and pitched six innings and gave up three runs off eight hits.
Blake Keitzman relieved Stutes in the sixth inning and went two innings, giving up two runs off four hits while striking out two.
Oregon State and Stanford continue the series Saturday at 1 p.m. at Goss Stadium. Catch the game live by tuning into the Beaver Sports Network, Beaver Nation Online () or Yahoo! Sports. GameWatcher will be available by visiting www.osubeavers.com.
OSU Notes: Newly hired Oregon State men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch ... Following his appearance on the mound, Robinson is spent time in the radio booth with Oregon State play-by-play man Mike Parker ... The home run by Ryan Ortiz in the first inning marked the first for the Beavers in Pac-10 play ... Jordan Lennerton hit his first home run of the season ... The game attendance of 2,536 marked the largest home crowd of the season ... Every starter for Oregon State had a hit in the game ... Ryan Ortiz extended his hitting streak to six games ... Chris Hopkins extended his hitting streak to four games ... Jason Ogata extended his hitting streak to three games ... Jordan Lennerton had a season high three RBI in the game ... It was the 16th game of the season with at least 10 hits for the Beavers ... The Beavers No. 1 and 2 batters, Chris Hopkins and Joey Wong, were 6-for-12 in the game.