Beavers drop one-run decision to Cardinal

STANFORD, Calif. — Oregon State rallied with runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but the Beavers could not hold off Stanford late and dropped a 7-6 decision to the Cardinal Saturday night at Sunken Diamond.

Down 5-3 entering the seventh, Oregon State managed two runs in the inning off a passed ball and a wild pitch. The two runs evened the score at five, but the Beavers allowed two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

OSU rallied in the eighth when Drew Storen, Stanford's closer, struck out Koa Kahalehoe. But the pitch was wild, allowing Jared Norris to score from third and pull OSU to within one. But Storen was able to get the final four outs of the game to improve to 7-1 on the year and give the Cardinal a 30-24 record (and 13-13 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play).

Tanner Robles, throwing in his first game in relief this season, dropped to 1-3 after taking the loss. He allowed two runs and no hits in three innings of work. The Beavers, meanwhile, dropped to 34-17 overall and 14-12 in Pac-10 games.

Three Beavers had two hits in the loss: Kahalehoe, Stefen Romero and John Wallace.

The game had an up-and-down feel to it early on, with Stanford holding a 4-3 lead after the first two innings. The Cardinal posted a 2-0 lead after one, but the Beavers were able to answer with three runs in the top half of the second.

The Cardinal did not stay down long, however, getting two runs in the second off Oregon State starter Jorge Reyes. Colin Walsh grounded out to second with runners on second and third for an RBI, then watched as Joey August drove in Stanford's fourth run of the game with an infield single.

After holding Stanford scoreless in the third, the Beavers allowed the Cardinal to score its fifth run of the game in the fourth on a single by Adam Gaylord that brought in Jeff Whitlow, who started the inning off with a triple.

Reyes lasted 31/3 innings before being pulled in favor of Robles.

Oregon State and Stanford conclude the regular season today at noon.

ARIZONA 14, OREGON 5 — At Eugene, Oregon took the early lead, but Arizona put together back-to-back four-run innings and batted around in the eighth en route to a win.

The Ducks fall to 14-41 with the loss and 4-22 in the Pac-10.

, unable to win a conference series this season.

Oregon had a two-run lead after two innings thanks to Paul Eshleman's RBI groundout that scored junior Kenny Bartz, after the starting center fielder led off the bottom of the first with a double to the left center gap. It was the Bellevue, Wash., native's fourth straight game with an extra-base hit.

The Ducks doubled their lead to 2-0 in the second when Caleb Tommasini's leadoff single paid dividends. The senior used his speed to beat out a throw on his infield single, and then stole his 16th base of the season to move into scoring position for Sean Potkay. The freshman sent a shallow RBI single to left, but again Tommasini used his speed to beat the play at the plate.

But Arizona responded with back-to-back four-run innings in the third and fourth. Oregon starter Tyler Anderson got into trouble in the third after issuing a walk and back-to-back singles, loading the bases with one out and setting the tables for Jett Bandy's two-run single. Brad Glenn then executed a sacrifice fly to center to score Dillon Baird, and Steve Selsky's RBI single brought home Bandy for the Wildcats' 4-2 lead.

One inning later, one hit led to four runs in the top of the fourth as Arizona built an 8-2 advantage on Baird's second grand slam of the season. The Ducks loaded the bases on a fielder's choice, walk and hit batter, before Baird lined a bases-clearing grand slam over the wall in right off Oregon reliever Madison Boer.

Oregon crept as close to 8-5 after seven innings, scoring three runs in the fifth and seventh. In the fifth Eshleman's RBI fielder's choice scored Danny Pulfer. And in the seventh, Curtis Raulinaitis laced a triple that traveled all the way to the wall in left center, and came home on Antony Kreitz's RBI double to a similar spot. With no outs and runners on the corners, KC Serna lifted a ball to deep center that was caught on the warning track, giving Kreitz enough time to tag up from third and score on the sacrifice fly.

But the Ducks hope for a rally ended in the eighth as Arizona batted around, scoring six runs on three hits and one error. Two of those hits were back-to-back home runs from Bandy and Glenn.

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