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Beavers Use Three Five Run Innings to beat Nevada 17-10

It might have seemed like a little league game for the Beavers, who "five runned" the Nevada Wolfpack three times on Saturday to win the second game of the series by the score of 17-10. The third game was cancelled due to inclement weather (aka... snow). The Beavers will head back to Corvallis for a three game series with Pepperdine this week.

Jordan Lennerton was 4-for-6 on the day with three runs scored. He had two doubles, a triple, and a home run, finishing just a single short of the cycle. Lonnie Lechelt was 4-for-6 with 5 RBI. He also hit a home run, his coming in the five-run second. Catcher Ryan Ortiz also hit a long ball, his second of the season, in the five-run seventh.

Oregon State's 20 hits were the second most recorded in a single game all season. Oregon State racked up 25 hits against San Diego State last Monday.

The Beaver's offensive barrage started in the second inning, when Jordan Lennerton doubled with one out, Lechelt homered to drive in two, and four singles and a walk produced three more runs. The Beavers added one in the top of the third to take a 6-0 lead, but Nevada would strike back in the bottom of the fourth.

Nevada catcher Travis Simas hit a one out RBI double in the fourth that drove in one Wolfpack run. Second baseman David Ciarlo then singled to left, advanced to second on an error by left fielder Daniel Robertson, and error that allowed Simas to score. Ciarlo advanced to third on a wild pitch by Jorge Reyes, then scored on a sacrifice fly to left. Shaun Kort made it a five run inning for Nevada with a two-run homer that scored himself and third baseman Jason Rodriguez.

Down 6-5 after three innings, Nevada added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks in part to a home run by right fielder Mike Hale to take a two run lead into the fifth inning.

The Beavers unleashed the bats again for another five run inning in the sixth. This one included two doubles, three singles, a walk, and an error, and was the second time the Beavers had batted around during the game. Joey Wong came to the plate twice in the inning.

With a five-run second inning and a five-run sixth inning behind them, the Beavers put up five more in the top of the seventh. Garret Nash, Jason Ogata, and Daniel Robertson all walked to load the bases with no outs, bringing Drew George to the plate. Drew singled to left, scoring Nash and Ogata and putting two on for Ryan Ortiz. Ryan proceeded to hit his second home run of the year to right center, driving home three. After that, the Beavers flirted with scoring another run, but couldn't pull it off.

After seven and a half, the Beavers lead 16-8. Nevada went on to score a run in both the eighth and ninth innings, and the Beavers added an insurance run in the top of the ninth (Jordan Lennerton's home run), making the final score 17-10.

Jorge Reyes started the game on the hill for the Beavers, pitching for three complete innings and giving up eight runs on five hits. Josh Keller came on in the fourth and also threw for three innings, giving up one run on four hits. Keller picked up the win when Oregon Sate regained the lead for good in the sixth inning. It was Josh's second win of the year. Mark Grbavac picked up the save for his performance in the last three innings. He only gave up one run on two hits. He walked two, and struck out four.

Again, the Beavers (now 7-6) return home for a three game series with Pepperdine this week.

GO BEAVERS!

---JB--