Beavers drop opener to Tennessee

KNXOVILLE, Tenn. — Joey Wong, Adalberto Santos and John Tommasini all had two hits but the 25th-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision to Tennessee in the Beavers' season opener on Friday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Josh Liles singled to right center off Oregon State closer Kevin Rhoderick to drive in Kentrail Davis with the winning run. Tennessee had opened the ninth with a 4-3 deficit, but managed two runs off Rhoderick.

Santos began his Oregon State career with a 2-for-4 effort batting out of the second spot in the order. He scored in the third on a double by Ryan Ortiz and singled home Stefen Romero in the fourth.

Wong was 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot and Tommasini had a 2-for-4 afternoon as well. Overall, the Beavers finished with 12 hits — with eight of the nine in the starting lineup recording at least one. Tennessee, meanwhile, had eight hits off five Oregon State pitchers. Liles, who had the game-winning hit, led the Volunteers with two.

Oregon State scored two runs in the third and went into the fourth with a 3-2 deficit after Tennessee put three on the board in the bottom half of the third. Santos' single in the fourth tied the game at three, where the score stayed until the ninth.

Santos reached on an error to open the inning, and, after moving to second, scored when pinch hitter Jared Norris singled past the second baseman, giving the Beavers a 4-3 lead.

Tennessee, however, prevailed in the bottom half of the ninth. Mike Hornsby reached on a single, and was driven in with two outs when Davis reached on an infield hit. He was able to score when the Beavers made an attempt to get Davis at first.

Davis then moved to second on a Rhoderick balk, setting up Liles' game-winning hit.

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