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Ortiz's grand slam lifts Beavers past UCLA

Wire reports

CORVALLIS — Ryan Ortiz hit a two-out grand slam home run in the bottom of the eighth to lift Oregon State to an 8-7 victory over UCLA Sunday at Goss Stadium.

Ortiz hit a fly down the right field line, just past the diving right fielder but foul. He did not wait long to make his second chance count and on the next pitch, launched a deep shot over the fence in left-center to give the Beavers the come-from-behind victory.

"I'm very proud of this team for fighting back to get the win," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. "It was a great hit by Ryan, who had a very good series against a tough UCLA club."

With the Beavers (24-19, 11-10 Pacific-10) up by one run going into the ninth inning, closer Kevin Rhoderick came into the game and finished with his 11th save of the season. He started the inning off with a walk to Tim Murphy.

Joey Wong and Lonnie Lechelt helped Rhoderick by turning a double play on a shot to the shortstop to bring the Beavers within one out of taking the series from the Bruins. Rhoderick then came right at leadoff hitter Jermaine Curtis and struck him out swinging to close out the game.

Ortiz was 2-for-5 on the day with five RBI.

Wong finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and used a sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning to help set up the Ortiz grand slam.

Trailing 2-1, the Bruins (25-23, 8-10 Pac-10) scored five runs in the top of the fourth, with three consecutive singles by Alden Carrithers, Casey Haether, and Brandon Crawford starting off the rally. Then Cody Decker hit a two-run home run, driving Reyes from the game.

Mark Grbavac came in relief for the Beavers in the fourth inning and went 31/3 innings, giving up two runs off four hits. He struck out five.

Kraig Sitton pitched one inning and struck out one batter. Taylor Starr came in with one out in the top of the eighth inning and was the pitcher of record when the Beavers took the lead. He earned his third win of the season increasing his record to 3-1. Starr worked 2/3 of an inning and did not allow a runner to reach base.

Oregon State’s Ryan Ortiz, right, hits a game-winning grand slam in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game. - AP