Well, we got the sweep we needed. Pacific gave us all we wanted in Game 3, but the Beavers pulled it out.
Oregon State has now put their post-season chances into the hands of the NCAA Selection committee. The announcement of the 64-team field will come at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow on ESPN2.
Aah, the first three game sweep of the season!
The Beavers relied on all freshmen pitchers in this game. Greg Peavey started the game and spread six hits over five plus innings, getting into trouble and working his way out several times. He struck out five and walked two against 24 different batters, putting fellow freshmen Kraig Sitton and Kevin Rhoderick the chance to close out the game. Kraig faced six batters and sat them all down with the exception of the final batter he faced before handing off the ball to Kevin Rhoderick. Rhoderick struck out the first batter he faced, then gave up a walk to Kurt Wideman. Kevin finished off the eighth with a flyout to left field, ending Pacific's hopes for a rally.
In the ninth, the leadoff man got aboard by way of a throwing error by Drew George. That runner was then thrown out at second on a fielder's choice play. John Tommassini and Joey Wong had a chance to roll a double play, but the ball just wasn't hit hard enough to roll it over. A flyout from Joe Oliveira and the strikeout of Adam Ching ended the game and Oregon State's regular season and gave Kevin Rhoderick his twelfth save of the season.
Jordan Lennerton had the biggest offensive spurt of the game when he took Tyler Waldron deep to right center in the bottom of the seventh. John Wallace scored the only other run of the day in the bottom of the sixth when he scored on a Ryan Ortiz single.
Lennerton was 2-for-3 on the day, Wallace was 1-for-3, Ortiz was 1-for-4, and Drew George was 1-for-2.
The Beavers move to 28-24 on the season and 11-13 in the Pacific 10 conference.
Now, all we can do is wait.