OSU finds out today if it's back in postseason

STANFORD — Tyler Waldron scattered five hits and two runs over 62/3 innings and the Oregon State baseball team scored three runs in the seventh inning to pull away from Stanford in a 5-2 Pac-10 Conference win Sunday at Sunken Diamond.

The win gave the Beavers a series victory over the Cardinal in the regular season finale. Oregon State is 35-17 overall record and 15-12 in the Pac-10. They won four of their last five games and finished tied with UCLA for third place in the conference behind Arizona State and Washington State.

Stanford, meanwhile, fell to 30-25 and 13-14.

The NCAA tournament selection show airs on ESPN this morning at 9:30.

"This is an important win as we wait to see what will happen in the postseason," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. "Tyler certainly looked good. We called on him on an important day and he looked sharp."

Making his second start in less than week, Waldron allowed multiple hits in an inning once, the seventh. He ended the game with five strikeouts and a walk. After allowing a hit to start the game, he retired the next 10 batters before allowing a single to Toby Gerhart in the fourth.

Waldron has now gone at least six innings in nine of his 13 starts this season. The win raised his record to 6-3 record.

In his last two outings, which included a win Tuesday against Oregon, Waldron has gone 14 innings, scattering 10 hits and two runs. He has struck out 15 during that stretch.

OSU's Kevin Rhoderick worked the ninth for his ninth save, four of which have come in May.

Up 2-1, the Beavers gave themselves valuable insurance runs in the seventh.

Ryan Ortiz singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stefen Romero. The next batter, Jared Norris, walked, setting up a two-run double by Koa Kahalehoe off reliever Scott Snodgress. The double gave OSU a 4-1 lead and forced Stanford to bring in Blake Hancock, the Cardinal's third pitcher of the inning.

Hancock wasn't able to do much better. The lefty reliever threw a ball to John Wallace for his first pitch, then saw the OSU center fielder drill a 1-0 single through the right side to score Kahalehoe. Hancock was able to get the last two outs of the inning without any further damage, but the Beavers led 5-1 lead.

Stanford added a run in the seventh, an unearned run charged to Waldron, when Adam Gaylord singled to center, but it was too little, too late.

The Beavers got just one hit through the first three innings but took advantage of three Stanford errors for a 2-1 lead.

All told, the Beavers managed just five hits off four Stanford relievers but utilized seven walks and four Stanford errors in the win.

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