Late-Inning Hitting Lifts Beavers Over UT-San Antonio

Oregon State 10 
UT-San Antonio 7
Box Score

Oregon State finished their four game Texas road trip against the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners in San Antonio on Monday, winning 10-7 in ten innings. The game was full of highs and lows for the Beavers, but the bats finally came alive and they were able to hit their way past the Roadrunners in the later innings.

Redshirt Junior Josh Osich started the game for the Beavs, his second game back since sitting out the 2010 season with an injury. Osich had a great first two innings, setting down UTSA in order in the first and only facing four batters in the second inning. But Osich's problems came in the 3rd inning.

With the Beavers leading 3-0 after getting three runs in the top of the second, Josh gave up a leadoff double, then the Roadrunners put runners on 2nd and 3rd with an error by the right fielder. Osich struck out the next batter, but preceded to walk the next one to load the bases. Fearing the health of his arm and letting UTSA back into the game, the Beavers turned to the bullpen. But Ryan Gorton gave up a 2 RBI single on the first batter he faced, and the Roadrunners were right back in the game. Ryan was able to get the next two outs, but the damage was done.

Osich's final line was 2 runs (1 Earned) on two hits in 2.1 innings. He also had four strikeouts and one walk. 

 

Oregon State's problems continued in the next two innings, giving up one run in each of them. In the fourth, Tony Bryant recorded two quick outs, but then gave up a single, threw a wild pitch, and another single to plate another run for the Roadrunners. In the next inning, it was a leadoff double by Daniel Rockett that did the Beavers in, as the double was followed by an RBI single.

Bryant got out of the fifth without any other damage, but was pulled in the sixth after giving up a one out single. His final line was 2 runs (1 Earned) on five hits in 2.1 innings. The Roadrunners built their lead to 5-3 in the seventh after Rockett scored on a wild pitch, and the score stayed the same until the top of the ninth.

Trailing by two runs, Ryan Dunn opened the ninth with a walk. Jared Norris then got hit by a pitch, and the Beavers were immediately in business. Oregon State then took their first lead since the fourth inning on a three run homer by Danny Hayes. They weren't done yet though, as Parker Berberet added another run on an error by the UTSA pitcher. Stamps grounded out to inning, so it was the Roadrunners' turn to mount a comeback.

After getting the leadoff batter to fly out, Rockett came through with another clutch single. Rockett came in to score after the next batter doubled, and just like that, it was a one run game. Ryan Dalton followed that up with one of his two hits on the day, and UT-San Antonio had tied the game at 7. Amazingly enough, the Beavers actually took some momentum into extra innings after getting a double play to end the ninth, and they carried that momentum over to the tenth inning.

Ryan Dunn began the inning with a lineout, but Nash and Hayes got on base after a HBP and walk, respectively. This set up Andrew Susac, who singled through the left side. But instead of having the bases loaded with one out, Nash was thrown out at the plate to keep the game even at seven. Berberet was then walked, setting up Carter Bell with the bases juiced.

And finally, after seeing seven games of mediocre hitting, Carter Bell came through in the clutch. Bell ripped a bases clearing double to center field, giving Oregon State a 10-7 lead. The Roadrunners went quietly in the bottom half of the inning, and the Beavers escaped Texas with a 3-1 record in thrilling fashion.

Next up for the Beavers is a four game series against the Hartford Hawks in Corvallis, beginning Friday at 5:35 PM Pacific. Hartford will send right hander Anthony Mannuccia (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound, while Oregon State's starter is TBA. These will be Hartford's first games of the season. 

Go Beavers!

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