Following a three game series with Pepperdine, the Beavers headed to Provo, Utah for a mid-week series to tune up for Pac-10 play, which starts this Friday. The Beaver offense was alive for practically the whole game, as Oregon State used fifteen hits to beat BYU by the score of 15-7.
Jorge Reyes and John Wallace, back from their three game suspensions, both made appearances in the game. Reyes started on the mound, and John started in right field.
Reyes had a hard time getting things going, as he gave up six runs on six hits and walked five in four and one third innings. Taylor Starr came on in relief of Reyes in the fifth inning, and threw just over one inning, allowing only one hit. Kraig Sitton and Josh Keller finished out the game on the mound.
Taylor came out with the win, the first of his collegiate career.
Jason Ogata had a three hit day for the Beavers, and several players had two hits. Joey Wong was one of those. He had two his in his four official at-bats, one of which was his third home run of the season. Joey also had two sacrifices and four RBI's in the game. Garrett Nash and John Tommasini, two freshmen, also had two hits apiece.
Oregon State scored quickly in the top of the first inning when Garrett Nash led off with a triple to right center and Joey Wong drove him in with a single through the right side. In the second inning Drew George, Ryan Ortiz, and Jordan Lennerton all hit singles to start the inning and load the bases. John Tommasini drove in George with a walk, then Ortiz scored on a past ball. Jordan Lennerton scored on a sacrifice fly by Joey Wong. Tommasini then scored when BYU pitcher Tyler Westensee attempted to pick off Garrett Nash at second, but threw the ball into the outfield. Garrett would then score the final run of the inning on a Jason Ogata double.
The third inning was a quiet one for the Beaver bats, but Joey Wong got things going again in the fourth with a two-run homer to right field, his third of the season.
In the sixth, Garrett Nash reached on a fielder's choice, was bunted to second by Wong, and then driven home by Jason Ogata to score Oregon State's eighth run of the game.
Chris Hopkins added to the fun with a pinch hit solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. The Beavers would bat around in the eighth, adding four more runs to their total.
After scoring two in the first inning, BYU could never rally closer than three runs away from the Beavers, and Oregon State's four run eighth finished the Cougars off.
The second game of the series will be Tuesday at noon at Miller Park on the campus of BYU.