Dawgs Split Doubleheader At No. 22 OSU
March 31, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington baseball team split a doubleheader with 22nd-ranked Oregon State Saturday at Goss Stadium, beating the Beavers, 3-2 in 10 innings, in the opener before falling 9-0 in the nightcap.
Washington (16-7 overall, 3-2 in the Pac-12) won the first game thanks to a pair of runs in the 10th inning. One came on a squeeze bunt from Ty Afenir and the other on a single from Joe Meggs. OSU scored one in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap, but left the tying run on third base.
In the nightcap, starter Dan Child delivered eight shutout innings for the Beavers (16-7 overall, 5-3 Pac-12), who out-hit the Huskies, 15-7.
In the opener, the Huskies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jayce Ray drew a full-count walk to open the game and, after taking second on a bunt, he scored when freshman Robert Pehl knocked a double into the right-field corner.
Husky starter Aaron West had retired the first 10 Beaver batters of the game before Tyler Smith reached on a one-out single to right in the fourth inning. Michael Conforto followed with an infield single and then OSU executed a hit-and-run with Dylan Davis sending a single through the left side to score Smith, tying the game at 1-1.
The only other trouble that West faced came in the sixth, when Smith bunted his way aboard. After a walk and a groundout, the Beavers had runners at second and third with two outs, but a flyout to left ended the threat and kept the game tied at 1-1. West retired the side in order in four of the first six innings. In his six and one-third innings in the no decision, he gave up one run on five hits with three strikeouts.
In the seventh, the Beavers got a leadoff single from Kavin Keyes. After a bunt moved him up, UW reliever Tyler Kane came on for West and got a foul pop and a groundout to leave the runner at second and the score still tied. In the eighth, Kane walked the leadoff batter, but then got three groundouts to keep OSU in check.
The Huskies opened the 10th inning with a bunt single from Caleb Brown followed by a single from Jacob Lamb that advanced Brown to third. After reliever Matt Boyd came on and struck out the first batter he faced, Afenir dropped down the squeeze bunt back to Boyd. A quick flip of Boyd's glove didn't get the ball accurately to the catcher and Brown slid in safely with the go-ahead run. Later in the 10th, a single from Meggs drove in Lamb to post another UW run.
In the bottom of the 10th, after an out, the Beavers drew a pair of walks to bring the winning run to the plate. Nick Palewicz came on and, after issuing a wild pitch to allow the runners to move to second and third, a groundout from Smith scored a run to cut the UW lead to 3-2. However, Palewicz got a flyout from Conforto, the Pac-12 RBI leader, to end the game and earn his first save.
Kane (1-0) pitched two and two-thirds no-hit innings for the opening-game victory.
OSU opened the scoring in the nightcap with a run in the second inning as Ryan Barnes doubled and eventually scored on a two-out single from John Tommasini. In the fourth, OSU increased the lead to 3-0 on a leadoff homer from Ryan Dunn before Barnes knocked his second double and then came in to score on a Ryan Gorton single.
Washington loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth, but Child retired the next three batters on an infield pop and two strikeouts to end the Husky challenge.
In the OSU fifth, Davis stroked a two-out double and then scored on a single from Dunn and Barnes walked and scored on a Danny Hayes single to stretch the lead to 5-0. In the seventh, Davis singled and scored on a double from Hayes, who came across on a Ryan Gorton single to make it 7-0.
Conforto hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his fifth of the season, to cap the scoring for OSU.
UW freshman starter Tyler Davis (2-1) suffered the loss in the second game. He gave up five runs on eight hits over four and two-thirds innings. Child (3-1) picked up the win, allowing six hits and fanning four in his eight innings.
The Huskies and OSU close out the series with a 1:05 p.m. game Sunday at Goss Stadium.