Following eleven losses in twelve games, the Beavers needed something to turn their season around.
What they received was a big lift from one of just two seniors on the roster-- Adalberto Santos-- who will be honored today along with Rob Folsom on Senior Day in Corvallis.
Santos began his 12 game hitting streak in the second game of the weekend Civil War series back at the beginning of May.
During the streak, Santos had some big games. He went 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk in the Sunday game of the Oregon series, and went 4-for-5 in the opening game of the Washington series. He hit home runs in the second and third games of the Arizona State series, going 3-for-5 in the finale. And most notably, he went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI's and 2 home runs in Friday's game against Arizona, which would end up being the final game of his streak.
Over the twelve game stretch, Santos went 23-for-53 (.471) with five home runs.
Santos didn't get a hit on Saturday, but he did reach base on a walk in the eighth inning, which means he's reached based safely in 36 straight games.
The reliable presence of Santos' bat in the lineup and his leadership could be a big reason why the Beavers have recovered from their mid-season struggles and are poised to make a postseason run. The Beavers have won ten of their last fourteen, and ride a four game winning streak into today's regular season finale.
--Jake | (email@example.com)