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Folsom erupts in Oregon State rout

TEMPE, Ariz. — Former North Medford High standout Rob Folsom collected four hits and seven RBI and Jared Norris and Stefen Romero hit back-to-back home runs as the Oregon State baseball team defeated Northern Illinois, 23-7, Thursday afternoon in the opening game of the DeMarini Invitational at Packard Stadium.

Folsom led the team with four hits, while Romero had two. Norris, Joey Wong and Brett Casey all had two hits.

The Beavers scored nine runs in both the second and seventh innings to cruise to the victory. Including the ninth inning of the second game of the Tennessee series, the Beavers have three innings of eight or more runs in just three games this season.

Folsom drove in his first runs of the game on a bases-clearing triple in the second, part of Oregon State's (2-1 overall) nine-run inning. He drove in his fourth run of the game in the third on a single to left. Folsom sat on four RBI for the next three innings before driving in his fifth run of the game on a single up the middle in the seventh.

Folsom capped off the Beavers' nine-run seventh with a single up the middle in the seventh, which also saw the Beavers post nine runs. The single drove in two and were the final two runs of the inning.

OSU sent 13 batters to the plate in the seventh, recording six hits. That matched the second inning, which set the tone for the victory.

Overall, the Beavers tattooed the Huskies for 20 hits, easily a season high, and the most in a game since finishing with 22 against BYU in the 18th game of last season. Oregon State's starters in the 1-4 slots in the lineup — Wong, Adalberto Santos, Ryan Ortiz and Romero — contributed with seven hits combined. The Beavers' reserves, meanwhile, finished with seven hits as well.

Oregon State continues its trip to Tempe and the DeMarini Invitational today against Missouri.