The Beavers on the strength of 7 runs in the last two innings, had a comeback win against Texas San Antonio in 10 innings, 10-7 in San Antonio.
The game was scoreless until the top of the second inning. Oregon State began that inning with two good back-to-back walks by Parker Berberet and Kavin Keyes, Jake Rodriguez then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to the second and third. Tyler Smith had a chance to drive in but failed to execute, popping a ball up to shallow center field. Brian Stamps came up and delivered a big hit, a two run RBI single to left field to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead. After Max Gordon was hit, Jared Norris hit a single into left field to score Brian Stamps and give the Beavers a 3-0 lead.
The Beavers in the top of the third had an opportunity to increase their lead. The first three guys in the inning all reached base, Susac and Berberet had back-to-back walks and Kavin Keyes had a single, which should have scored a run. Unfortunately, Berberet swung and missed on a hit-and-run and Susac was thrown out at second base. So the Beavers had just runners on first and second with 1 out, should have had a run though. Jake Rodriguez the next batter should have walked but he swung at a pitch way out of the zone, as Berberet and Keyes were stealing and struck out. Tyler Smith would then flyout to end the inning. An inning that looked like it could be a big inning, ultimately didn’t score a run due to Beaver mistakes. They still led 3-0 after 2 and 1/2 innings.
The Beavers mistakes continued in the bottom half of the third. Casey Selsor led the inning off with a double for the Roadrunners. RJ Perucki then hit an easy fly ball to right field, which Max Gordon dropped and gave the Roadrunners guys on first and third with no outs. Those are plays that have to be made. You can’t open the door like that to teams. Osich bounced back to strike out Riley Good to get the first out. Osich then walked Daniel Rockett, that would be his final batter, as Pat Casey pulled him for Ryan Gorton. Tyler Carpenter then had a two run RBI single for UTSA and the closed the deficit to 3-2. Ryan Dalton tried a squeeze play but Gorton flipped the ball to Susac at the plate who tagged out Rockett. Gorton got the next batter Jake Wood to ground out which ended the inning.
In the fourth the Roadrunners were able to tie the score. Tony Bryant came in and got the first two batters to flyout. Selsor then singled, advanced to second a wild pitch. Perucki singled up the middle and Selsor scored on the play, making it 3-3. Beaver miscues once again opened the door for the Roadrunners to score.
In the fifth the Roadrunners got a double from Rockett and a single from Carpenter, giving them a 4-3 lead with no outs in the inning. Tony Bryant was able to escape the inning with no further damage.
The Beavers had disappeared since the third inning. Over the next 5 innings they had 1 hit and were putting together some awful at-bats.
The Roadrunners were able to add a run in the 7th, thanks to some more Beaver mistakes. With a runner on second and 1 out, Cole Baylis balked and allowed the runner to move to third. He struck out the next batter and Matt Boyd came in to try to get the final out of the inning. Boyd threw a wild pitch which allowed the runner on third, Daniel Rockett, to score from third base. The balk was a critical play in the inning.
UTSA took a 5-3 lead to the ninth, needing just 3 outs to pull out a bit of an upset win.
Ryan Dunn began the ninth for the Beavers with a lead-off walk. Jared Norris was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second and no outs, setting the stage for Danny Hayes. On the first pitch he crushed the ball over the right field fence, giving the Beavers a 6-5 lead in the ninth. Later in the inning after Berberet and Miller walked, with 2 outs Tyler Smith reached base after Zach Calhoon, the pitcher for the Roadrunners dropped the baseball at first base, allowing Berberet to score from second base.
With 1 out in the bottom of the ninth, Matt Boyd gave up a single, Pat Casey pulled him in favor of James Nygren, who on his first pitch gave up an RBI double to Ryan Carpenter, on a ball that was crushed, making it a 7-6 game. Dalton then drove in Carpenter with a single to tie the game at 7. He was really being rocked. The next pitch he was able to get Wood to ground into a inning-ending double play. That was a big play.
With 1 out in the tenth inning, Garrett Nash was hit by a pitch and Danny Hayes walked. This was the ideal scenario for the Beavers, as they got their best hitter up, Andrew Susac in a big situation. He came through. He hit a single to left field which should have loaded the bases, however, the third base coach Marty Lees made a mistake and sent the runner, who was thrown out at home plate. Berberet was then intentionally walked, giving Carter Bell a chance to redeem himself for not coming through in prior games. Bases were loaded with 2 outs and Carter Bell lined a ball over the center fielder’s head and it scored three runs on a double by Bell. Bell came through exactly when the Beavers needed him to.
James Nygren got the Roadrunners out in order in the tenth inning to get the win for the Beavers. It was his first win of the season, after he blew the save in the ninth.
Carter Bell and Danny Hayes both drove in three runs on the day for Oregon State, both were enormous hits for the Beavers. Brian Stamps had a couple RBI’s himself.
Tyler Carpenter was a problem for the Beavers all day. he had 3 hits and 4 RBI’s Daniel Rockett had 3 hits as well as Danny Selsor.
Beavers moved to 5-3 with the win.