Robles strong outing paces Beavers in win
SEATTLE — Tanner Robles allowed just three Washington baserunners in 61/3 innings and the 25th-ranked Oregon State baseball team held off a late rally to defeat the Huskies, 6-4, in front of 4,296 at Safeco Field Friday.
Robles won his first game of the season in impressive fashion. He limited the Huskies to just two hits and one walk while striking out three.
Washington managed to get a runner on second just twice against Robles, who, after giving up a hit to start the game, retired the next 16 batters he faced. The Huskies managed a mini rally in the sixth, putting runners on first and second courtesy of a hit and a walk, but the lefty got the third out of the inning on a popup to short.
Already up 2-0 after five, the Beavers gave themselves a big cushion with four runs in the sixth, all coming off Washington reliever Tyler Cheney. Romero capped off the inning with a triple to right center that cleared the bases, scoring John Wallace, Joey Wong and Ryan Ortiz (infield single). Romero scored when the next batter, Jared Norris, singled through the right side.
Oregon State (29-12 overall, 12-7 Pacific-10 Conference) got four hits in the inning, which surpassed its total of three through five. But the Beavers managed solo runs in the second and fifth innings before the four-run explosion in the fifth.
The Beavers capitalized on three walks in the second for their first run of the game. Wallace walked on a 3-2 count with two outs — and the bases full — bringing in Norris, who had singled for the Beavers' first hit of the game.
Adalberto Santos brought in Oregon State's second run of the game in the fifth. Romero singled with two outs and moved to second on a wild pitch. He stayed there when Norris walked, and then scored on a single up the middle by Santos.
The Huskies rallied in the eighth off three Oregon State relievers. James Nygren started off the inning and was replaced by Mark Grbavac, who walked in two runners, both of which were charged to Nygren. With Oregon State up 6-2, Aaron Russell singled through the left side off Kraig Sitton, who was then replaced by Kevin Rhoderick. The Oregon State closer got pinch hitter Doug Cherry to foul out to Ortiz to end the inning.
Rhoderick allowed a hit in the ninth but got out of the inning unscathed for his seventh save of the season.
Romero, Ortiz and Norris all had two hits for the Beavers, who won their fourth straight game, the team's third-longest winning streak of the season.
Washington starter Jorden Merry allowed just one hit and a run over three innings, but dropped to 1-2 this season after taking the loss. He did walk six while striking out one.
The Huskies dropped to 21-24 on the year and 10-9 in Pac-10 play. The loss snapped Washington's six-game Pac-10 winning streak.
With the win, and UCLA's loss to California on Friday night, the Beavers moved into sole possession of second place in the Pac-10, three games behind first-place Arizona State. UCLA, meanwhile, moved to a tie for third with Washington State, which was off Friday night and will open its three-game series with Oregon today in Pullman.
The teams continue the three-game series today at Husky Ballpark on the Washington campus. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT and will feature right-hander Greg Peavey (3-2, 3.98 ERA) for Oregon State against Washington righty Jason Erickson (3-4, 4.53 ERA).