May 31, 2009

Fort Worth, Tex. - Koa Kahalehoe went 5-for-5 and drove in three runs, and Jorge Reyes pitched a complete game with six strikeouts as the Beavers eliminated Texas A&M 13-5 in the Fort Worth Regional on Sunday.

The win keeps the Beavers (37-18) in the NCAA Tournament and a second change at Texas Christian. The two teams will match up at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday. Oregon State will need a win over TCU for a change to play a third game between the two schools on Monday at 6 p.m. that would determine the winner of the regional.

Kahalehoe hit third in the order for the first time this season and made the decision pay off, tying a school record with five hits and driving in three runs while scoring two of his own. The effort raised his batting average 42 points to .272. The Beaver left fielder now has six RBI in the regional.

Reyes got the start for the Beavers and threw his first complete game of the season, and the third by an Oregon State pitcher all year. He held the Aggies (37-24) scoreless through 5 1/3 innings before giving up a solo home run to Joe Patterson. With the win Reyes improved to 6-2, tying him with Tyler Waldron for second-most on the team.

Ryan Ortiz hit behind Kahalehoe in the order and collected four hits of his own, including his team-leading fifth home run of the year in the second inning. He scored two runs to improve his team-leading total to 54.

John Tommasini also had a multi-hit game for the Beavers, going 3-for-4 and collecting his 27th and 28th RBI of the season. His double in the first inning was his eighth of the season.

Clayton Ehlert got the start for Texas A&M and lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits while dropping his record to 5-3. Patterson led the Aggie bats with a 3-for-5 effort, including his home run in the sixth. Brodie Greene and Caleb Shofner each collected two hits for Texas A&M.

The Beavers got things started quickly in the bottom of the first inning. Michael Miller led the inning off by reaching base on a wild strike-three pitch by Ehlert. Adalberto Santos and Kahalehoe followed with back-to-back singles, and Ortiz singled up the middle with the bases loaded to score Miller and put the Beavers on the board.

Jared Norris then came to the plate and drove the ball off the left-centerfield wall to score Santos and Kahalehoe, and give the Beavers runners on second and third with no outs. A Stefen Romero groundout scored Ortiz, and Joey Wong and Tommasini hit consecutive doubles to score two more runs and put the Beavers up 6-0 after the first inning.

Ortiz kept the Beaver offense going in the second inning, with a two-out solo home run on a 3-2 pitch that gave Oregon State a 7-0 lead and chased Ehlert from the game.

Wong led off the fifth inning with a 10-pitch walk, and was advanced to second by a Tommasini sacrifice. Miller then deposited the first pitch he saw from Shane Minks into left-centerfield. A Santos walk put runners on first and second for Kahalehoe, who doubled to left field to drive in two runs and put the Beavers up 11-0. Tonights game can be heard on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online.