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Beavers rally past Miami, 8-3

In it's second game at the DeMarini Inviational at Packard Stadium on the campus of Arizona State, the Beavers beat the Miami RedHawks 8-3. The Beavers, coming off a 8-1 loss to the No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores, tallied up 14 hits in the win against unranked Miami of Ohio. Jorge Reyes (now 1-0) got the win.

At the plate, the Beavers were led by Junior infielder Jason Ogata, who played second base against the RedHawks and went 4-for-5 at the plate. He scored twice, and had two runs batted in. Senior first baseman Jordan Lennerton and junior outfielder John Wallace both had two hits on the night.

On the hill, Jorge Reyes threw for five innings, striking out five and walking only one. He gave up five hits on the afternoon, four of those coming in the RedHawks' two-run second inning. In that inning, Tommy Nurre and Chris Nadeau led off with back to back singles to put runners on first and second with no outs. Eric Darlage sacrifice bunted to move the runners, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. RedHawk catcher Josh Hula singled to right center, scoring Nurre, and later in the inning, Blake Chaffee also singled to right center, this time scoring Chris Nadeau.

Reyes was relieved in the sixth inning by junior right hander Mark Grbavac. Grbavac only faced three batters and threw five pitches, but gave up two hits. One of those hits was a double by Josh Hula that drove in Miami's third and final run of the game.

Sophomore lefty Blake Ketizman came on in relief of Grbavac, and went 2 and two thirds innings to finish the game. He threw 30 pitches over the course of the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, 22 of those for strikes. Like Reyes, he also retired five batters. Blake didn't walk a batter or allow a hit in his time on the mound.

The Beavers took the lead right off the bat in the first inning when shortstop Joey Wong and second baseman Jason Ogata both scored. After singling to right, Joey was driven in by Ogata's triple, which set up a Jordan Lennerton sacrifice fly. The Beavers tacked on another run in the second, when Garret Nash's single drove in catcher Ryan Ortiz.

After that, the Beavers added four more runs. Ogata scored again in the top of the fourth, again driven in by Jordan Lennerton. The "Moose" finished with two RBI's on the day. The three remaining runs all came in the eighth inning. John Wallace led off with a triple and was driven in by Koa Kahalehoe's sacrifice fly. Pinch hitter Lonnie Lechelt got on board with a single, and Joey Wong reached on an error by Miami's first baseman. Lechelt ended up scoring on a past ball, and Joey was driven in by Jason Ogata.

The win moves Oregon State's record to 1-1 on the season. Their third game of the DeMarini Invitational will be played against the host team, the No. 9 Arizona State Sun Devils. The Beavers beat the Sun Devils in the College World Series last year in Omaha, and Arizona State will be set in revenge when the two teams meat for the first time in '08.

GO BEAVERS!

--JB--