Romero, Beavers shut down Ducks

PORTLAND — Stefen Romero's run-scoring single in the fifth proved to be the game winner as the Oregon State baseball team closed out its regular season nonconference schedule with a 2-1 victory over No. 21 Oregon in front of 8,487 fans at PGE Park Wednesday night.

Romero drove in Jared Norris, who started off the inning with a walk and then moved to second on a wild pitch. The run came off Oregon reliever Christian Jones, who gave up both of OSU's runs in 11/3 innings of relief.

The Oregon State pitching staff was able to hold Oregon to just one run and four hits on the night. Oregon State used five relievers, with Tony Bryant making his first career start.

Matt Boyd, the second pitcher of the night for Oregon State, worked four innings in his fourth appearance against Oregon this season, and scattered three hits and a run while striking out one.

Boyd improved to 7-1 this season — 3-0 against Oregon — while Jones dropped to 2-2.

Kevin Rhoderick came on in the ninth to record his fourth save of the season.

The Beavers tallied 11 hits on the night, with Adalberto Santos pacing the club with a 3-for-5 effort for his team-leading 16th multiple-hit game of the season. Parker Berberet also had two hits for Oregon State, which improved to 20-1 this season when out-hitting its opponent.

Oregon State scored its first run in the fourth. Parker Berberet doubled to right to start the inning, and moved to third on a groundout by Carter Bell. Smith then drilled a 2-0 from Jones up the middle, scoring Berberet.

After Oregon State went up 2-0 in the top half of the fifth on Romero's single, Oregon scored a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Shawn Peterson doubled to start the inning and scored when the next batter, J.J. Altobelli, singled up the middle.

Bryant went two innings before being relieved by Matt Boyd to start the third. Bryant scattered a hit and two walks in his 13th appearance of the season.

With the win, Oregon State improved to 29-21 overall and 19-7 in non-conference games. Oregon, meanwhile, dropped to 37-20.

The Beavers also took the season series from the Ducks, 4-1. OSU swept Oregon in a conference series at Goss Stadium earlier this month.

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