Beavers Pound Aggies, 13-5; Advance to Regional Championship Game
May 31, 2009
Oregon State collected six runs in the first inning and received solid pitching from Jorge Reyes en route to pounding Texas A&M by a 13-5 count on Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and will now advance to face TCU in the regional championship.
Reyes improved his record to 6-2 on the season as the OSU starter hurled a complete-game, allowing five runs three earned on 10 hits while striking out six Aggie hitters.
The Beavers who were held to three hits against the Horned Frogs the previous night jumped all over the Aggies by posting six runs on six hits in the opening frame, which was highlighted by a two-run double by Jared Norris. In that inning, Joey Wong and John Tommasini each recorded RBI doubles to help the Beavers take a 6-0 lead.
Oregon State upped its lead to 7-0 in the second inning following a solo home run by Ryan Ortiz then added another run in the third inning following a Tommasini RBI-single to left field to make the score 8-0.
Koa Kahalehoe¹s two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning highlighted a three-run inning for the Beavers en route to taking an 11-0 lead on the Aggies. Kahalehoe collected five hits on the day to go along with three RBI and a pair of runs scored.
The Aggies¹ offense started to find their stride in the top half of the sixth inning when Joe Patterson connected on his 12th home run of the season with a solo shot to right field. The Texas A&M designated hitter collected three hits to go along with two runs scored and one RBI.
In the eighth inning, the Aggies scored a pair of runs in large part to a two-run double by Caleb Shofner, which plated both Patterson and Luke Anders. Texas A&M rallied to score a pair of runs in the ninth inning, but Reyes struck out Patterson looking to end the game.
Ortiz finished with four hits on the afternoon including his fifth home run of the season to go along with two runs scored and two RBI. Tommasini also added three hits and RBI for the Beavers.
Clayton Ehlert suffered the loss for the Aggies and concluded his season with a 5-2 record as the Texas A&M hurler lasted 1.2 innings, allowing seven runs all earned on eight hits.
Brodie Greene and Shofner each added two hits apiece and led the Aggies, who finished with 10 hits in the game.
With the victory, Oregon State improved to 37-18 and advanced to face TCU at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening for a chance to advance to the NCAA Super Regional Championships. The Beavers will have to defeat the Horned Frogs twice in order to advance.
Texas A&M concluded its season with a 37-24 overall record during the 2009 campaign.