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Beavers' Late Inning Comeback Falls Short

Fresno State 5 
Oregon State
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Oregon State finished the FSU Tournament against the Fresno State Bulldogs in Fresno on Monday, losing 5-4. The Beavers started out slow hitting the ball, but they got right back into the game when they started connecting in the later innings.

Redshirt Junior Josh Osich started the game for the Beavs, his first game back since sitting out the 2010 season with an injury. Osich had a good first inning despite walking the leadoff batter. He set the next three hitters down in order, but Osich's problems came in the 2nd inning.

After getting two quick outs, Osich gave up two walks, a single, and a double to score three Fresno State runs, giving the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage after the Beavers had already taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Osich's final line was three runs on two hits in 1.2 innings. He also had three walks, two strikeouts, and a wild pitch.

The game settled down for the next few innings until the bottom of the sixth, when the Bulldogs added another run. Fresno took a 4-1 lead on an Aaron Judge RBI single, which was set up by a leadoff single by Austin Wynns. The Beavers were lucky though, as FSU left the bases loaded to end the inning.

Knowing that the Beavers needed runs and needed them quickly, Ryan Dunn stepped up to the plate and got the Beavs rolling with a leadoff single. After a Jared Norris fly out, Brian Stamps walked and the Beavers were officialy in business. Luke Acosta, a Junior out of Hutchinson CC, got to first after an error on the shortstop, and just like that, the bases were loaded.

After an Andrew Susac strikeout, Parker Berberet singled to bring home Dunn and Stamps to make the score 4-3. Carter Bell struck out swinging to end the inning, but the Beavers were back in the game.

Oregon State threatened again in the top of the eighth with a Ryan Barnes leadoff single, but the rally quickly fizzled after the next three batters were retired.

In the top of the 9th, Stamps led things off with a single, but advanced to 2nd on an error by the right fielder. Luke Acosta then laid down a perfect bunt and was able to get on base, all to set up Andrew Susac with runners at the corners and nobody out. Susac hit a hard ground ball to the third basemen, but Stamps was running home on the play and was caught in a run-down. However, not all hope was lost as the Fresno State pitcher threw a wild pitch and Stamps moved to third, but Stamps would then score as the throw by the catcher went by the third basemen.

That would be the Beavers last run of the inning however, setting up an intense bottom half of the inning. After a leadoff single, the Beavers pulled Dan Child, who would get the loss officially for Oregon State, in favor of Ryan Dunn. Dunn got the next batter to fly out, then walked Jordan Ribera, the Bulldogs all-everything cleanup hitter. But it wasn't Ribera who would do Oregon State in, instead it was Austin Wynns, who singled to left field to give Fresno State the victory.

Next up for the Beavers are the Connecticut Huskies, Friday at 12:00 PM Pacific. The Beavers will send Junior Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound, while the Huskies probable starter is Senior Elliot Glynn (0-1, 5.79 ERA). Connecticut is 1-2 on the season. They have lost to Purdue and Minnesota, and have defeated Michigan.

Go Beavers!