Beavers Take Round 1 of Baseball Civil War, 4-1
Release Date: 03/08/2011
OSU (10-3) had just enough offense and solid relief pitching to beat the Ducks (5-7) for a fifth straight game, dating to last season. The midweek game, which drew 2,214 fans, was not a Pac-10 contest.
Right-hander Tony Bryant (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings in relief of starter Scott Schultz to earn the win for Oregon State. Lefty Matt Boyd earned the save, allowing one hit over the final 2 2/3 innings.
Alex Keudell (1-2) started and took the loss for the Ducks, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. The junior right-hander from Portland walked two and struck out five.
The Beavers opened the scoring in the first. Garrett Nash led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice by Max Gordon and came home on Andrew Susac's base hit.
Oregon State took a 3-0 lead in the third, scoring one run on a wild pitch and the other on an infield single by Ryan Dunn. Gordon and Susac opened the frame with back-to-back hits and advanced into scoring position on Danny Hayes' sacrifice bunt to third.
With Parker Berberet at the plate, Keudell sailed a pitch wide of the plate to score Gordon and move Susac up to third. After Berberet struck out for the second out, Dunn blooped a ball on the infield turf that shortstop KC Serna was unable to field in time to get the out at first base.
The Ducks broke through with a run in the fifth, but couldn't take full advantage of two hit batters, a single and a walk. Danny Pulfer and Connor Hofmann were both plunked to lead off the inning, but Pulfer strayed too far off the bag at second and was picked off.
J.J. Altobelli followed with a single and Serna walked to load the bases with one out. Marcus Piazzisi drove in Hofmann with a groundout to second and Jack Marder grounded to third to end the threat.
That would prove to be an important missed opportunity as the Beavers grabbed that run back in the bottom of the inning to reclaim a three-run cushion and chase Keudell in the process.
Joey Housey completely shut down the OSU bats over the final 3 2/3, surrendering no hits or walks while striking out seven.
Next up for the Ducks is a three-game series against BYU at PK Park, Thursday through Saturday. The first pitch in Thursday's opener is scheduled for 6 p.m.
NOTES: The game was the first of five meetings scheduled between the two teams this season - the next coming May 3 in Corvallis ... Keudell's start was his third career vs. Oregon State and sixth appearance overall against the Beavers ... Serna and Altobelli led the Ducks with two hits apiece.
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