OSU battles back to defeat BYU

PROVO, Utah — Lonnie Lechelt's three-run triple in the sixth inning gave Oregon State the lead, and the Beavers held off late BYU rallies while scoring seven more runs of their own for a 17-11 victory Tuesday at Miller Field.

"This was an important win for us as we move on to Pac-10 play against Washington," OSU coach Pat Casey said. "BYU is a very good offensive club, which they showed early on. But so are we, and we showed that today."

Lechelt's triple capped off Oregon State's comeback after it fell behind 9-2 in the third. OSU scored two more runs in the eighth and five in the ninth to seal the win.

The Beavers are 11-7, and BYU is 12-12.

OSU collected 22 hits, highlighted by four apiece by Jason Ogata and Daniel Robertson. Ogata hit a three-run home run in the fourth and finished the afternoon with three RBIs. Drew George was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Ryan Ortiz was 3-for-4 with a triple, double and three RBIs, extending his hit streak to nine games. Lechelt had two hits.

Taylor Starr picked up his second win in as many games, throwing four effective innings of relief. He allowed just one hit and struck out five to improve to 2-0.

Kevin Rhoderick earned his sixth save in as many attempts after coming in with one out in the eighth. He gave up a ninth-inning hit, the first hit off him this season in 82/3.

Up 10-9 in the eighth, OSU scored twice to take a three-run cushion. Ogata began the inning with his third single and scored two batters later when Ortiz doubled to right-center field. The next batter, George, singled to right center, scoring Ortiz.

But BYU nearly rallied in the bottom half of the eighth, scoring twice before Rhoderick shut the door.

Reed Brown started for OSU, lasting 11/3 innings. He was followed in relief by Bryce Mooney and Blake Keitzman before Starr came on in the third.

Mark Grbavac pitched two-thirds of inning between Starr and Rhoderick.

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