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Friday 2/17 - Oregon State 7  UC Santa Barbara 3

Can you smell it? Probably not, at least in the northwest where rain has been pelting the majority of the valley floor. It's a different story down in sunny Santa Barbara where fresh cut grass permeates the senses and where OSU and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos began a four game series on Friday leading off the 2012 baseball season.

The Beavers were short a few players, with potential starters Ryan Gorton and Max Gordon serving their NCAA issued five game suspension and freshman ace Jace Fry staying home after having back surgery. For the record, Coach Casey protested that Gordon and Gorton "didn't break any team rules."

Starter Ben Wetzler got the nod for game one and went 5.1 innings allowing three earned runs on six hits, striking out one and walking one in his first win of the season. Wetzler, who went 6-3 with a 4.66 ERA last season, finished with 79 pitches and forced 10 ground ball outs. OSU broke the 0-0 tie and pushed across five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning in Friday's affair.

Oregon State sent 10 to the plate in the fifth, taking advantage of a throwing error that allowed Dylan Davis to reach base safely. OSU eventually loaded the bases and the first two runs of the season came on Tommasini's double to the left center gap.

The Beavers grabbed a 5-0 lead when Kavin Keyes was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Jake Rodriguez lined a two-run single to right. The Beavs added two in the eighth and relied on the bullpen (who allowed just two hits in 3.2 innings) to win 7-3.

Bullpen Production:
Taylor Starr - .1 IP, H
Cole Brocker - .2 IP, H, 2K, BB
Matt Boyd - 1.2 IP, K
Scott Schultz - 1 IP, K, BB

OSU Bats:
Ryan Barnes - 2-3, 2R, 2BB, K
John Tommasini - 2-5, R, 2RBI, 2K
Jake Rodriguez - 2-5, 2RBI, 3K
Joey Matthews - 1-4, R, BB

Box Score                           R  H  E
Oregon State........ 000 500 020 -  7  7  1
UC Santa Barbara.... 000 012 000 -  3  8  2

Jake Rodriguez Friday Post-Game

Saturday 2/18 Game 1 - Oregon State 3  UC Santa Barbara 2

The first game of Saturday's double dip was scheduled for just seven innings but was extended to eight after a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning could not be broken. Hits were hard to come by as the Gaucho pitching staff limited OSU to just four base hits in eight innings.

OSU starter Cole Baylis (no decision) went just four innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out one and issuing two walks. Again the OSU bullpen was called upon to stop the bleeding and did so admirably. The trio of Matt Boyd, Cole Brocker and Tony Bryant allowed no runs on just three hits over their four innings pitched. Bryant got the win, his first of the season.

Offensively, short stop Tyler Smith led the way, going 2-4 with the game winning RBI. After Tommasini produced a lead-off walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, Smith singled home Tommasini from second with one out in the top of the eighth to give the Beavers their second win of the season, beating UC Santa Barbara 3-2.

OSU Bats
Tyler Smith - 2-4, RBI
John Tommasini - 0-1, R, 2BB, K
Joey Matthews - 1-2, R, K
Kavin Keyes - 1-3, R

Bullpen Production
Matt Boyd - 2.2 IP, H, K
Cole Brocker - 0.0 IP, H
(W) Tony Bryant - 1.1 IP, H, 2K

Box Score                          R  H  E
Oregon State........ 000 020 01 -  3  4  1
UC Santa Barbara.... 001 010 00 -  2  9  0

Saturday Game 2 - OSU 12  UC Santa Barbara 12 (Suspended)

Oregon State found itself down 8-2 after four innings but scored one in the fifth, four in the seventh and three in the eighth to take a 10-8 lead. UCSB scored three in the eighth before Danny Hayes hit a two-run double in the ninth for a 12-11 lead, only to be matched by a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth off of OSU closer Tony Bryant.

The teams will pick up the second game of the doubleheader Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PT. It will be started in the 10th inning with the Beavers at bat. OSU had 12 hits with four errors while UC Santa Barbara had 12 runs on 13 hits with three errors

Game four of the series is scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.

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