The Beavers capped a mediocre showing at the San Diego State tournament Monday with a 22-3 win over the host team, San Diego State. Now, I know most fans be content with the team's 2-2 showing in San Diego, but I know Pat Casey and the rest of the Beavers aren't happy about their first two losses to Loyola Marymount and San Diego. The Beavers return for a few days of practice before heading to Reno for a three game series with Nevada.
Although the Beavers really broke the game open in the later innings, there was never any doubt that the Beavers would emerge with the win. Josh Osich started on the mound for the Beavers, going four and two thirds innings, only giving up two runs on four hits. Josh Killer came on in relief of Osich in the fifth inning, and threw in the sixth and seventh innings. He faced nine batters and recorded five strikeouts, only allowing two hits. Keller was credited with the win. Kraig Sitton and James Nygren each each threw an inning to finish out the game. With the Beavers leading 22-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, there was no need to bring in Kevin Rhoderick in the ninth.
The Beavers manufactured a run in the first inning when Chris Hopkins singled, was bunted to second by Joey Wong, and drive home by a Daniel Robertson double. The Beavers couldn't manage to score another run, and left two on base in the top of the first.
However, the offensive juices started flowing again the the top of the third when the Beavers produced two home runs. Joey Wong led off the inning and walked. Jason Ogata then took the first pitch he saw over the center field fence for a two run home run. The same thing happened a few batters later when Daniel Robertson walked, followed by a Drew George home run.
The Beavers scored one run in the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly, and scored two in the fifth on a sacrifice fly and a John Tommasini single up the middle. In the top of the sixth, the Beavers loaded the bases for Drew George, who hit his second home run of the afternoon, this time a 4-RBI Grand Slam, putting the Beavers up 12-2.
Oregon State would score another run in the top of the seventh before putting up eight more runs in the top of the eighth. A final run in the top of the ninth sealed the deal for the Beavers, who moved to 6-5 with the win.
Again, next up for the Beavers is a three game series with the Nevada Wolfpack this weekend in Reno, Nevada.