March 23, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ben Wetzler threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Ryan Barnes drove in two runs with a 2-for-3 effort as the 23rd-ranked Oregon State baseball team defeated Seattle, 4-2, to close out a two-game midweek series Wednesday at Goss Stadium.
"This is a good win against a good Seattle club," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "They are a tough team. They battle and did in both games. Both Ben and Ryan had good games and it was a good team victory."
Wetzler made his first career appearance in relief in his sixth game of 2011, and limited the Redhawks to three hits and a walk. He threw 55 pitches to pick up the win and improved to 3-1 on the year.
He came on in relief of Scott Schultz in the fourth, and picked up the final two outs in the inning. He sat through a nearly hour and a half rain delay and closed out the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before giving way to Matt Boyd in the eighth.
Boyd worked the final two innings, striking out four, for his second save of the season.
Barnes tallied his first career multiple-RBI game of his career. He drove in his first run of the game with a double that bounced right in front of the left field fence in the third. He then lined a double off the left field wall in the fifth, scoring Michael Miller, who had reached with a two-out bunt single.
Jared Norris drove in the Beavers' (16-5 overall) final run of the game in the sixth with a single to center, plating Danny Hayes.
OSU opened the game's scoring with two runs in the third. Miller drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right, then watched as Barnes' first double made it a 2-0 OSU advantage.
Seattle (9-7), however, put two runs on the board in the fourth with RBI going to Steve Kirbach and Riley Tompkins.
The 2-2 tie lasted only an inning, however, as Norris and Barnes' RBI put OSU at the final two-run advantage.
Scott Schultz made his second start of the season for the Beavers, working 3 1/3 innings. He scattered two runs and two hits while striking out one and walking two. He did not figure in the decision.
Seattle's Max Whieldon took the loss to drop to 0-3 this season. He allowed seven hits and four runs to go along with four strikeouts.
Barnes, Hayes and Norris all had two hits to pace the Beavers, who finished with eight against Whieldon and reliever Bryan Dalton.
Josh Kalalau was the lone Redhawk with a two-hit effort.
Oregon State plays in its final non-conference weekend of the 2011 regular season Friday when starting a three-game series at Goss Stadium against UC Santa Barbara. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. PT.
Catch the game on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). For updates throughout the day, follow the official Oregon State baseball Twitter page by going to www.twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball.
For tickets to the game, visit the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, call 1-800-GOBEAVS or visit osubeavers.com.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The game was officially delayed for one hour, 22 minutes prior to starting the top of the fifth ... The delay went in effect at 4:03 p.m. ... Scott Schultz made his second career start and fifth appearance ... Ryan Barnes multi-RBI game was the first of his career.
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