March 26, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Parker Berberet homered and the 23rd-ranked Oregon State baseball team rapped out 11 hits against five UC Santa Barbara pitchers in an 11-5 win over the Gauchos Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
The win gave Oregon State a series win and the Beavers will go for the sweep Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT. It marked the Beavers' third consecutive win as the club improved to 18-5, the team's best start through 23 games since the 2007 club went 20-3.
Berberet's home run punctuated Oregon State's day offensively, with eight different players tallying at least one hit. Berberet went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.
He was matched by Ryan Barnes, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Danny Hayes drove in three on a 1-for-4 effort and Jared Norris plated two with a 1-for-5 day.
OSU erupted for four runs in the first, two in the second and two more in the third to take a commanding 8-2 lead early on. OSU starter Josh Osich was the recipient of the early run support and rode five innings of work to his third win of the season. He struck out five, walked three and allowed three hits and two runs in his sixth start of the season.
Norris drove in his first two runs of the game with a double in the first, highlighting the Beavers' four-run inning. OSU has now outscored opponents, 21-6, in the first innings of games this season.
UC Santa Barbara plated two in the second to pull within two, but that's the closest the Gauchos (10-8) got all day. Hayes drove in two with a single in the second, then watched as Barnes drove in his first of two with a single in the third.
OSU added two runs in the fifth on a single by Barnes and fielder's choice by Hayes, and capped off the win with Berberet's solo shot, his third home run of 2011, over the left field fence in the sixth.
Matthew Vedo lasted just 1 1/3 innings for UC Santa Barbara, allowing five hits, six runs and two walks while striking out one. He dropped to 3-3 this season.
Kavin Keyes also had two hits in the win, giving him two multiple-hit efforts this season.
Oregon State and UC Santa Barbara conclude their three-game series Sunday at Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 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: Oregon State's victory gave the Beavers three straight wins ... Oregon State tallied five sacrifice bunts on the day, easily a 2011 single-game high ... Scott Schultz worked two scoreless innings in his sixth appearance of the season ... Oregon State improved its batting average to .271 from .268 ... OSU's ERA went to 2.31 from 2.19 ... Tony Bryant has inherited eight runners this season, allowing just two to score after inheriting two Saturday.
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