Oregon State Outlasts Texas A&M, 9-8, in Regional Action
May 29, 2009
Oregon State outlasted a late-inning surge by Texas A&M en route to securing a 9-8 victory in the first game of the NCAA Central Regional Tournament at Lupton-Brown Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, which was highlighted by a two-run triple by John Tommasini, who plated both Carter Bell and Koa Kahalehoe. The Beavers extended their lead to 7-0 in the fourth inning after Bell delivered on a two-run double down the right field line.
Bell would later score in that frame after Kahalehoe connected on a single up the middle.
After Texas A&M plated a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, Oregon State added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning to increase its lead to 9-1 after six innings of action.
Beavers starter Sam Gaviglio would do his job on the mound as the OSU hurler tossed 5.2 innings allowing one run on six hits. Improving his record to 10-1 on the season, Gaviglio struck out six hitters while surrendering only two walks.
After Gaviglio left the game in the sixth inning, the Aggies¹ bats came alive in the seventh inning as Texas A&M would cut the deficit down to 9-5 after scoring four runs in the frame. Kevin Gonzalez came up with one of the biggest hits in the frame as the Aggie catcher connected on a two-run, two-out single to aid the offensive cause.
Caleb Shofner connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to cut the scoring deficit to one run at 9-8, but OSU reliever Kevin Rhoderick was able to strike out the Aggies¹ next hitter en route to securing the victory for the Beavers.
Bell and Kahalehoe each collected three hits in the contest and combined for five RBI en route to leading the OSU offense, which pounded out 14 hits.
Shofner led the Texas A&M offense as the Aggie third baseman collected three hits including his sixth home run of the season to go along with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Kyle Colligan connected on his 15th home run of the season with a solo shot in the fourth inning.
Brooks Raley suffered the loss for the Aggies as the Texas A&M hurler tossed 2.0 innings, allowing four runs only one earned on five hits.
With the victory, Oregon State improved to 36-17 overall while Texas A&M dropped to 36-23 on the 2009 campaign. The Beavers will play the winner of the TCU-Wright State game on Saturday evening while the Aggies will play the loser of that game on Saturday afternoon.