Feb. 22, 2010

Courtesy of Oregon State Athletics


MANOA, Hawaii -
James Nygren and Matt Boyd combined to limit Hawaii to five hits in a shutout of the Rainbows Monday night as the Beavers concluded their trip with a 5-0 victory at Les Murakami Stadium.


The victory gave Oregon State a 3-1 series victory over Hawaii on the opening weekend of the 2010 season. Oregon State now returns to Corvallis for a three-game series with Tennessee this weekend in the Papé Grand Slam.


"This was a well pitched game by James and Matt and they closed out a successful series for us," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "The offense supported them with key hits and we took advantage of situations."


Nygren made his first start of the season and seventh of his career. He went four full innings, limiting Hawaii to three hits and three walks while striking out one.


Because he did not go the required five innings, however, the right-hander did not figure in the decision.
Nygren gave way to Boyd in the fifth as the freshman made his second appearance on the mound during the series. Boyd proceeded to stymie the Hawaii offense, scattering two hits and a walk while striking out two over five innings. He picked up the win to improve to 1-0 this season.


Oregon State totaled six hits off five Hawaii pitchers, and made the most of them. Carter Bell finished with two hits for his third multiple-hit game of the season, surpassing his two from last season.


The Beavers also finished the game with six walks, and gave Hawaii starter Sam Spangler his first loss of the season. Spangler went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, a run and two walks while striking out seven.


Oregon State got through the first five innings with a 1-0 lead, but was able to break the game open in the sixth. Andy Quiring walked, then moved to second on a groundout by Stefen Romero. Two batters later, he was joined on the bases by Bell, who also walked, putting runners on first and second. The two then moved up a base on a balk by Hawaii pitcher Harrison Kuroda, setting up a two-run single to left center by Rob Folsom, giving OSU a 3-0 lead.


The Beavers made it 4-0 in the seventh when Adalberto Santos drove in Keith Jennette with a double to right center. Santos himself made it 5-0 when going to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a single up the middle by Parker Berberet.


Oregon State got on the board early and took the first lead of the game for the second time in the series. Travis Anderson flew out to center in the second, scoring Berberet from third. Berberet opened the inning by getting on base via a 3-2 walk.


Breland Almadova was the lone Rainbow to collect two hits in their loss.


Oregon State returns to Corvallis for three games this weekend. The Beavers will tangle with Tennessee at Goss Stadium in the Papé Grand Slam. Friday night's opener is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT.


Single-game tickets for all home games are currently on sale. Single-game tickets for the 2010 season are $20 for reserved and $10 for outfield seats located beyond the right-field fence. To purchase single-game tickets, visit osubeavers.com, call 1-800-GOBEAVS or they can be bought in person at the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum.


Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).


OREGON STATE NOTES:
Carter Bell made his first start at third base this season ... Tanner Robles technically got the start at DH for the Beavers but was replaced by pinch hitter Travis Anderson before his first at bat ... Matt Boyd's appearance was his second of the series.