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Game 43: Offense Provides Enough for Series-Opening Win

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Final Score: Oregon State 8, Washington 6

While the coaching staff was frustrated with they way the Oregon State baseball team played on Friday night-- and rightly so-- the result was the desirable one, as the Beavers began their series with Washington with a win. 

The Oregon State offense provided enough firepower to compensate for struggles the Beavers had in other areas of the game. Namely, the OSU pitching staff walked eight batters and hit another four-- usually a recipe for disaster. There were also two errors, plus a catchable triple misjudged by Adalberto Santos in center field to start the fourth inning. 

Kevin Rhoderick, summoned in the eighth inning as the fifth Beaver pitcher, provided his usual drama. With a two run cushion, he loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning before inducing a groundout to Doug Cherry to end the game. 

Carter Bell got things going in the second inning with a double and would then score on a sacrafice fly by Tyler Smith. Several batters later, after an Adalberto Santos single, Steffen Romero hit his fourth home run in five games to make the score 3-0. 

Washington answered with two runs in the fourth, then OSU got two more on a triple to center by Adalberto Santos in the bottom of the fourth. '

The second Oregon State home run of the night came off the bat of Jared Norris in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Michael Miller scored on a UW error later in the inning. 

The Beavers held a 7-2 lead after five full innings, but Washington came charging back with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Starter Greg Peavey went five and two thirds innings in the game, giving up four runs on six hits. He walked five and hit one, but got enough run support to earn his fourth win of the year. It was the first victory for Peavey in over a month. 

The Beavers would add a key insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Michael Miller walked with the bases loaded, but OSU couldn't get a clutch hit to build a bigger lead. Eleven runners were left on base in the game. 

The series will continue at 2 p.m. today, when Tanner Robles will get the start for OSU in a regionally televised game on FSN Northwest. 

--Jake | (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)