Beavers open with victory
FORT WORTH, Texas — John Tommasini's two-run triple keyed a four-run second inning, and Oregon State held on for a 9-8 win over Texas A&M in their NCAA tournament opener Friday.
Koa Kahalehoe drove in three runs for the Beavers (36-17), who also got a two-run double by Carter Bell during a three-run third in the Fort Worth regional.
The Beavers took a 9-1 lead into the seventh inning before Texas A&M (36-23) came back.
After the Aggies loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, a two-run single by Kevin Gonzalez made it 9-5. Caleb Shofner hit a three-run homer in the ninth to draw Texas A&M within one, but Kraig Sitton struck out Adam Smith to end the game.
Sam Gaviglio, an Ashland native, earned the win for the Beavers. Brooks Raley got the loss for Texas A&M.
Gaviglio went 52/3 innings in his sixth start this season. He gave up six hits and one earned run to improve to 10-1 on the season.
Gaviglio, whose only blemish came in the sixth on a solo home run, gave up five hits over his last three innings, which prompted pitching coach Nate Yeskie to bring in reliever Greg Peavy.
The Beavers half of the sixth was key in the win.
Already leading 7-1, Kahalehoe singled home a pair of runs to up the Oregon State advantage to 9-1. The two insurance runs proved to be the difference.
The Beavers, who improved to 51-32 all-time in the postseason and 28-6 under head coach Pat Casey, will play Texas Christian, a 6-3 winner over Wright State on Friday, today at 5 p.m.