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BIG INNINGS DOOM BASEBALL IN LOSS TO NINTH-RANKED OREGON STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Oregon State, currently ranked ninth in the nation and the defending College World Series champion, used two big innings to defeat Sacramento State, 18-5, in the final day of the River City Classic on Sunday at Hornet Field.
Junior shortstop Darwin Barney put the game out of reach for the Beavers in the fourth inning with his first career grand slam and his first home run of the season.
Hornet left-hander Mick Joyce had held the Beavers scoreless until the fourth, when a line drive up the middle ricocheted off the senior’s leg. Joyce continued on the mound, but after allowing just one hit in the previous three innings, surrendered four consecutive singles and two walks. Senior Cyrus Sarraf came on in relief, to pitch to Barney with the bases loaded.
Oregon State (11-2) took an 8-0 lead in the fourth, and the Hornets (2-10) responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Junior Jeff Hannah, who finished the weekend batting .600 (6-for-10), led things off with a single, followed by Gabe Jacobo who singled to shallow right field. Junior David Flores was walked to load the bases for rightfielder Montana Dye. The 6-foot-2 senior connected on a two-run single up the middle. Later in the inning, Flores scored the third run off Travis Kirkman’s hard-lined drive to Beaver pitcher Dabie Turpen that the Oregon State starter was unable to field cleanly.
Turpen (3-0) pitched 6.0 innings, allowing just three runs on seven hits and striking out five.
Joyce (0-2) ended the day having pitched 3.2 innings and allowing seven runs on six hits. Sarraf, Mel Cuckovich, Mitch Lively, Skylar Brewer and Chris Mols all saw time on the mound.
In seventh inning, Oregon State added seven mores runs to its total. The Beavers totaled five extra-base hits and four stolen bases, as well as being walked 11 times during the game.
Barney finished the game 2-for-6 with five RBIs, and two runs scored, while Braden Wells was 2-for-3 with four runs scored. Starting left fielder Mike Lissman finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Hannah and Jacobo led Scaramento State with 3-for-4 performances. Jacobo now leads the team batting .347 on the year in his first season as a full-time starter at first base. In the bottom of the ninth, freshman Brian Joyce hit his first carer double, and later scored his first career run on a balk. Senior Devin Spurling also doubled in the inning.
On another note, in just his third appearance of the season, Brewer worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth. After loading the bases with two walks and a hit by pitch, the Menlo, Calif., native struck out the following two batters and the third popped up to second base, retiring the side.
Sacramento State takes a day off on Monday and will return to diamond hosting Saint Mary’s at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The team then begins action in the Western Athletic Conference on Friday, Mar. 2, travleing to Louisiana Tech for a three-game series.
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