The Beavers finished their first weekend of the season 1-1 in Knoxville. The third game of the series was cancelled due to snow. Overall, I was pretty impressed with our effort this weekend. Splitting a series on the road against an SEC team is very good. We do still have some rust to shake off, but that will come soon enough. Let’s take a look at Game 1:
The Beavs played pretty well in their season opener, losing a heartbreaker 5-4. Oregon State got a 2-0 lead in the 3rd, thanks to a Ryan Ortiz RBI double. Then with two outs Blake Gibbs scored Ryan Ortiz on a single. In the bottom half of the inning, Blake Forsythe lead off with a home run, to cut the Beaver lead down to one. Then, Tanner Robles gave up two walks, had two wild pitches, and gave up a double, to give the Vols the lead 3-2.
In the 4th inning the Beavers tied the game up 3-3, on an Adalberto Santos RBI single. The game remained scoreless after that until the 9th inning when Jared Norris had an RBI single.
In the bottom of the 9th the Volunteers got the game tied on a bang bang play at first base. It could have gone either way but the umpire called the runner safe and the tying run came in to score. After an intentional walk the Volunteers had the gam-winning run in scoring position. After that, Josh Liles singled and Tennessee won 5-4.
The time of game was 3 hours and 15 minutes, and the attendance was 2,050. The weather was 35 degrees and sunny. Now let’s look at Game 2.
The Beavers took the second game in the series 14-4. Tennessee got an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning, and stretched their lead to 3-0 after the 4th. In the 5th inning, Stephen Romero got the Beavers on the board with a solo home run. In the next inning the Beavers added two more runs to tie the game at three. In the 7th the Beavers took a quick 4-3 lead, but in the bottom half of the inning Kentrail Davis homered to tie the game 4-4.
In the 8th inning the Beavers added two runs to make it 6-4. It stayed that way until the top of the 9th, and then the Beavs broke it open. In that inning the Beavers had 8 runs on 3 hits, 2 errors, and left three runners on base. In the bottom of the 9th, Taylor Starr had two strikeouts and a ground out.
The time of game was 4 hours and 5 minutes, and the attendance was 1,900. The weather was 45 degrees and mostly sunny.
Next up for the Beavers is the Bob Schaefer Classic in Tempe. They will play Northern Illinois on Thursday, Missouri on Friday, Arizona State on Saturday, and finish up with a rematch against Northern Illinois on Sunday.