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Gaviglio earns win in first appearance as a Beaver

Friday proved to be one for the scrapbook of Sam Gaviglio.

The former Ashland High two-sport athlete picked up his first win in his first appearance as a member of the Oregon State University baseball team. The true freshman pitched two innings of relief in the Beavers' 12-8 win over Missouri on Friday.

He relieved starter Tanner Robles to start the fifth and immediately showed why the Beavers recruited him, striking out two of the first four batters he faced. Things got bumpy after that — Gaviglio gave up three runs on three hits and a hit batsmen in the sixth and didn't take the mound in the seventh.

The Beavers (3-1) exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning, however, and Gaviglio left Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., with a 1-0 record anyway.

Gaviglio's line: two innings pitched, three hits, three earned runs and three strikeouts. He also threw 25 of 38 pitches for strikes while facing 11 batters.

Oregon State plays its third of four scheduled games at the DeMarini Invitational Saturday against Pac-10 rival Arizona State. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 5:30 p.m.

Prep Hockey

The Ashland High hockey team unveiled its newest weapon at the start of the Southern Oregon League playoffs on Friday night in Medford.

Carley Santee, who had one goal during the regular season, scored twice while Casey Skolnik and Josh McLaughlin combined for 13 points as the Grizzlies defeated Klamath Falls 7-1 at The RRRink.

The victory was the third in the past week against the Ice Hawks and advances Ashland into a second-round game at 8 p.m. Saturday against fifth-seeded North Medford.

Skolnik, the leading scorer in the league with 73 points, had two goals and five assists while McLaughlin had one goal and five assists for the Grizzlies.

Keegan Healey and Sam Taylor also scored for the Grizzlies, who led 3-0 after one and held a 26-16 advantage in shots and did not take a single penalty. Ashland was 2-for-4 on the power play.

Healy scored on a pass from McLaughlin just 33 seconds into the game to open the scoring. McLaughlin then followed on a beautiful setup from Skolnik at 8:56 for a 2-0 lead.

College Softball

The Southern Oregon softball team split a pair of games at today's SOU Raider Invitational in Medford at U.S. Cellular Park.

The Raiders (2-4) defeated Puget Sound 8-0 in the opener and then fell to Azusa Pacific 13-5 in the second game.

Both teams will take part in the final day of the Invitational Saturday. Azusa and SOU will play again at Noon. SOU will also host Simpson University Sunday in Medford at 1 p.m.

Little League

The final registration deadline for Ashland Little League is Feb. 27. Practices begin the first week of March and the season runs until the first week of June. For more information contact ALL at ashlandlittleleague@yahoo.com.

Oregon 1, Fresno State 0

The Oregon baseball team played its first home game in 28 years on Friday and Andrew Schmidt sent the nearly 3,000 fans home happy.

Schmidt ripped a line-drive single to right field two outs into the ninth inning that scored Eddy Rodriguez from third base, giving the Ducks a victory against Fresno State, the defending College World Series champion.

"Great game, great win," said Schmidt, who was pinch-hitting for third baseman Darrell Hunter.

"It was great to get this win for these great fans in the first game back in Oregon. It was awesome."

The victory came on the day Oregon welcomed baseball back to campus. The university dropped the program in 1981 for budget reasons. The restored team plays in PK Park, a new $18 million stadium built in a corner of the football stadium's parking lot.

The Ducks (2-2), who opened their season on the road last weekend, reflected on their past in a pre-game ceremony that included first-pitch throws by former players Dave Roberts, the 1972 national college player of the year, and Sam Manley, who threw the Ducks' last pitch in 1981.

Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny, for whom the stadium is named, then caught a pitch from Oregon coach George Horton. Also recognized on the field before the game were Oregon's four living baseball all-Americans — Roberts, Earl Averill (1951), Terry Maddox (1957) and Larry Hanson (1967, 1968).

"I told them before the game this is the kind of environment they came to the University of Oregon to play in and this is why I came to the University of Oregon to coach," Horton said.

The game itself was a pitcher's duel between Oregon freshmen left-hander Tyler Anderson and Fresno State senior righty Holden Sprague.

Anderson, who won the Ducks' season opener at St. Mary's, pitched eight scoreless innings. He gave up six hits, struck out five and walked two.

Sprague allowed just four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four and issued one walk.

The first hit of the game — and thus, the first hit in PK Park — was by Oregon center fielder Curtis Raulinaitis, who doubled down the right-field line in the first inning.

"I had goosebumps until the third inning," said Raulinaitis, holding the ball he hit. "This crowd was awesome. The enthusiasm, the intensity, it was amazing."

After two were out in the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez singled off reliever Zac Bischoff. Jett Hart followed with a liner to the gap in right-center that moved Rodriguez to third. It was the only time in the game that the Ducks had two baserunners.

With the capacity crowd on its feet, Schmidt worked the count full and then delivered a slider from Bischoff into right field, emptying the Oregon dugout and bullpen.

"It was a little nerve wrecking...I just had to take a big breath, relax and stay with my plan," Schmidt said. "Fortunately I came through.

"I actually forgot to run when I first hit it," he added. "Once I got there and touched first, it felt great."

Said Kilkenny, the athletic director: "They came here to play baseball in a parking lot and here they are beating the defending national champions."