The Beavers topped the Rebels 3-1 in tonight's game, and here is the recap:
Mike Stutes made quick work of the Rebels in the first, sending Calvin Beamon, Blake Gailen, and Keith Smith down in order, all on strikeouts.
Chris Hopkins lead off with a walk, then Barney pushed him to second on a ground ball to the third baseman. Catcher Mitch Canham blasted one to right field for 2 RBI's, scoring Hopkins as well as himself. After the home run, the Beavers smoldered a little bit before Lennerton ended the inning on a fielder's choice ground out to short.
After one full inning, Oregon State 2, UNLV 0.
Stutes again sent the Rebels down in order, this time with Efren Navarro Jr. grounding out to second, Chad Miller flying out to second, and Ryan Kowalski flying out to left.
Scott Santschi walked to start the frame, then Drew George hit him over to second with a grounder to the third baseman. Koa Kahalehoe singled to center, but didn't move the runner at all. Santschi and Kahalehoe both moved up a base, however, when Hopkins grounded out to third. With runners on second and third, Darwin grounded out to third, ending the inning.
Mike Stutes almost sent them down in order again for the third time, but Michael Brenly singled through the right sidee, one of only three hits the Rebels would get all game. The Beavers got payback, however, when they caught him stealing. Another easy inning for Stutes, effectively going 1-2-3.
Canham and Lissman both flew out for an easy two outs, and after Lennerton walked, Ogata got a backwards K to end the inning.
What do you know, another 1-2-3 inning. Beamon flied out to center, and then Stutes struck out both Gailen and Smith to end the inning. Through four innings of work, Stutes has only faced twelve batters.
Uno, dos, tres for the Beavers.... Santschi, George, Kahalehoe...
The Rebels would draw their only blood of the night in this inning, when Navarro walked, and Chad Miller drove him in with a triple to right. After that, it was a fairly easy inning. Kowalski flied out, Scruggs walked, then Brenly and Walker struck out.
Chris Hopkins reached base on a error by UNLV shortstop Jarred Frierson, then stole second. Barney grounded out, moving Hopkins to third, and then Canham singled, scoring Hopkins. Mike Lissman then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
After 5, it's Oregon State 3, UNLV 1
After each team scored a run in the fifth, nobody else would score, but Shhhh! The players didn't know that at the time.
Calvin Beamon led off with, well, a strikeout. Gailen grounded to second, Smith Walked, and Navarro struck out looking. What do you know, another easy inning for Stutes. Through six innings, he's facing an average of 3.667 batters per inning.
Lennerton grounded out to start things off, followed by Ogata flying out to center. Santschi singled to right, bit then Drew George struck out to end the sixth.
You guessed it... Mike Stutes put them down 1-2-3 again. This time, it's two ground outs and a fly out, and we're moving on.
Kahalehoe and Hopkins got two quick fly outs to start the inning, then Barney doubled to center. Canham walked, which made UNLV go to the bullpen for Marc Baca. Baca got the job done, forcing Lissman into a groundout to end the inning. Baca would be done for the day, only having faced one batter.
Brenly fouled out to Canham behind the plate to start things off. Stutes would wind up getting three strikeouts, but only two of them resulted in outs as Calvin Beamon got to first on a wild pitch third strike. This would be it for Stutes, as the Beavers went for closer Eddie Kunz in the ninth. Stutes faced an average of 3.75 batters an inning, and stuck out 12.
The Beavers went 1, 2, 3 again, this time strikeout- fly out- strikeout.
Kunz took care of business in the ninth, and got the job done. He struck the first two guys out before the third guy doubled, but Kowalski flied out to end the game, and any chance of a UNLV rally.
Long story short, Beavers win.
Back with an actual recap later tonight.