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Santos Homers Twice as Beavers Get Key Win to Open Arizona Series

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Final Score: Oregon State 6, Arizona 3

Oregon State knows they need a series win this weekend to feel confident about a NCAA tournament berth, and they took care of business Friday night with a 6-3 win over Arizona. 

Greg Peavey started the game for the Beavers and pitched seven and two thirds innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. Two Arizona hits in the top of the second inning followed by a sacrifice fly produced one run. Then, with two outs in the fifth, back to back triples by Joey Rickard and Rafael Valenzuela produced two more runs for the Wildcats. 

The story of the game for Oregon State were the two home runs hit by Adalberto Santos, who carried a 12-game hitting streak into the weekend. Santos went 3-for-3 in the game with the two solo home runs and four RBI's, and scored three of the Beavers' six runs. Dylan Jones, who went 2-for-4 in the game, scored the other three runs. 

Santos' hitting streak is eighteen games of the pace of the OSU record, which was set in 1989 by Jeff Browning at 31 games. 

While Santos provided the firepower the Beavers needed to overtake Arizona, it was Danny Hayes who drove in two runs on a double in the first inning to get the Beavers out to a quick start. Jones and Santos had both singled earlier in the inning. 

Tyler Waldron came on in relief of Peavey--who threw 116 pitches-- in the eighth inning, and earned the save. He ended up walking one and striking out two in his one and two thirds innings of work. 

Not everything went right for the Beavers on Friday, as they learned Steffen Romero is now out for the season with a hairline fracture in his right forearm. 

"This series is bigger than the Oregon series,"Adalberto Santos told Mike Parker after the game. "It's bigger than the Washington series, and it's bigger than the Arizona State series because it's all we have left."

The second game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and will be televised on FSN Northwest. 

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