No. 7 Beavers Win 14-Inning Extravaganza At Seattle
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Jake Rodriguez reached on an infield single in the 14th inning, driving in Danny Hayes, to send the seventh-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 4-3 extra-inning win over Seattle Monday at Bannerwood Park.
Rodriguez hit a grounder the hole on the left side of the infield off Seattle reliever Mason Stidham, and beat the throw from Redhawks’ shortstop Nate Roberts, enabling Hayes to come in from third with the winning run. Hayes had doubled with one out and moved to third on a groundout by pinch hitter Jeff Hendrix.
Scott Schultz was stellar in relief, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings, by far the longest outing of the season for the right-hander. The junior picked up the win to improve to 2-1 this year after allowing just two hits while striking out three.
Stidham, who worked one inning, picked up the loss to fall to 0-1 this season.
The clubs kept each other off the board for seven consecutive innings leading up to the Beavers’ run in the 14th. OSU (31-8 overall) relievers Tony Bryant, Brandon Jackson, Max Engelbrekt, Cole Brocker and Schultz held the Redhawks (15-24) scoreless the final 10 innings.
The Beavers opened the game’s scoring, taking a 2-0 lead in the second on Danny Hayes’ second home run of the season. The two-run shot went to right and scored Ryan Barnes, who had reached on a bunt single.
The Redhawks, however, tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Nick Latta tripled to center, driving in a run. He also scored on the play on an errant throw to third by Tyler Smith.
Cullen Hendrickson singled in a run in the fourth to give Seattle a 3-2 advantage but the Beavers tied the score in the sixth when Dylan Davis reached on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice.
Neither starter figured in the decision. Dan Child opened the game for the Beavers and worked 2 2/3 innings. He scattered five hits and two runs – one earned – before giving way to Bryant. The senior right-hander threw 2 2/3 innings in relief, allowing two hits and one run with three strikeouts.
Connor Moore, meanwhile, started for Seattle and went 5 1/3 innings, leaving with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth. The lefty left with a 3-2 lead but that was wiped away when Davis drove in his run on a fielder’s choice. Moore allowed four hits and three runs.
Smith had three hits to pace Oregon State while Hayes and Andy Peterson had two apiece.
The Beavers open a three-game series against USC Friday at 4:05 p.m. PT. Note, this is a new time that was announced two weeks back to enable fans to better enjoy the Spring Showcase on the Oregon State campus. The OSU football team’s spring game will start at 7 p.m. that night.
The game can be heard on the Beaver Sports Network with the following stations carrying the game: KEJO 1240-AM in Corvallis/Albany, FOX Sports Radio Portland (620-AM), KICE 940-AM (Bend) and KSKR 1490-AM in Roseburg.
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