Oregon State Baseball
June 6, 2011 by staff
Oregon State Baseball, Damaged, down and then delayed, Oregon State was not reached, however on Sunday night, ending a region by beating Georgia, 6-4, before 3032 at the stadium in the NCAA Goss. “I’m not sure we played so well as I wanted … in this time of year you want to win,” said OSU coach Pat Casey. OSU (41-17) now faces Vanderbilt in a weekend following Super Regional. Although the place and date of opening of the three-game series that will advance the winner of the College World Series will not be known until tonight, is likely to be played in Nashville, Tennessee, to be the No. Commodores 6 national seed.
“They’re a good club,” said Parker Berberet OSU. “We have to go out and play our best basketball to beat them.” What the Beavers did Sunday night in overcoming Georgia was enduring and rely heavily on relief pitchers who worked the last eight innings and allowed three runs and seven hits with three walks and struck out six. Each of the quartet of relievers pitched OSU out of trouble to hold off the Bulldogs and regional end.
The result was victory number 18 by OSU reliever, with Tony Bryant to overcome an injury in the ninth for his pitching shoulder to record his 12th save, tied for third place, more and more by a beaver. Before he came, freshman Scott Schultz matched his season high with five innings of work, and fellow rookie Adam Duke, in only his fifth appearance in a season limited by injury, picked up his first collegiate victory.
“I have every confidence in the world in our bullpen,” said Casey. “We have not used a lot of guys who have not been deep there … the hard part is knowing that you can play” the other party in the region.
There was Georgia (33-32) won Sunday night would not have been a game tonight to decide. The Bulldogs advanced to play Creighton beating OSU, 3-2, in 11 innings before Sunday.
Jared Norris drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after Parker and Brian Berberet stamps each hit solo homers for the Beavers, who have now won 11 consecutive postseason games at Goss Stadium.
If the situation were not already tense enough, the game was delayed twice in the bottom of the ninth inning, first when Bryant had a hard bouncer to his right shoulder and had to be examined to determine whether he could remain in the game.
“I hit all the right shoulder,” said Bryant. “Everything happened so fast … I threw the ball and next thing I know, pain in the shoulder. I said, ‘I’m not here and give up” (but) is not feeling too good right now. ”
Uh, what would the Beavers have been converted for another reliever, then?
Casey acknowledged, “I’m going to have to give (Bryant) word of mouth (resuscitation). He never left. I said I could, but he was not.”
Bryant did not, but is dismayed when after stretching over his pitching arm, consult with a trainer and throw a few warm places, a bank of lights in the first-base side of the field went dark, which caused the game room for another 21 minutes before full lighting was restored.
“I wanted to go because (shoulder) is getting stiff. I was, ‘Let’s go, let’s go,’” Bryant said. “I think for a couple of days is going to hurt, but it’s like a batter to be beaten by a pitch. A couple of days and I’ll be fine.”
The Beavers needed eight innings of relief pitching to record the victory, because OSU starter Josh Osich lasted only two batters in the second inning before being pulled. By then, he had walked two batters and thrown two wild pitches, continuing its fight since throwing a no-hitter against UCLA on April 30.
In their four Pac-10 start after that gem, Osich had three losses with a no-decision, and scored a career average of 5.32, which was not helped when he gave up a career in a more innings Sunday.
“He said he was having a hard time throwing the ball where I wanted,” said Casey. “I did not put in any danger. I think it was stiff and sore, his back was sore … I just know he did not look good.”
Georgia 5, Creighton 4: Brandon Stephens singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the inlet 11 as the Bulldogs eliminated the Bluejays (45-16) in the tournament. Georgia tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-run homer by Kyle Zach farmers after Cone had hit a two-run homer for the Bulldogs in the first inning.
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