Florida Atlantic Eliminates Oregon State With 11-7 Win
June 6, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Oregon State baseball team saw its 2010 campaign come to an end Sunday afternoon with a 11-7 loss to Florida Atlantic in an elimination game at McKethan Stadium.
The Beavers finished the season with a record of 32-24, while Florida Atlantic advances to play Florida tonight at 7 p.m. The Owls improved to 37-23 this season with the win.
The Beavers went 1-2 during the Gainesville Regional, losing to Florida, 10-2, Saturday after a 6-4 victory over Florida Atlantic in the opener on Friday.
Oregon State rallied by putting three runs on the board in the seventh to pull to within four, but the Owls maintained the lead. The Beavers' two seniors, Adalberto Santos and Rob Folsom, combined to go 4-for-9 with a double and three RBI.
"We're obviously disappointed to have our season end," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "We felt we were good enough to continue playing, but obviously we didn't play well enough today to have that happen.
"I'm proud of the way this team battled and fought through a lot of adversity this season."
FAU got out to a 6-0 lead in the first after pounding out five hits during the inning, including a three-run home run by designated hitter Eddie Cassidy. The Owls sent 11 men to the plate and chased Oregon State starter Tyler Waldron after 2/3 of an inning.
The three-run home run was the first of three for Cassidy, who also homered in the second and seventh innings.
Waldron, making his seventh start of the season and 23rd appearance, allowed all six runs in the first inning and allowed four hits and two walks. He ended the season with a 4-6 record after taking the loss.
Waldron was replaced by Kraig Sitton in the first.
FAU pushed the lead to 8-0 in the second with a two-run home run on Cassidy's second home run of the game.
The Beavers answered back with four runs in the third, highlighted by a two-run double down the right field line off the bat of Danny Hayes. It scored Adalberto Santos and Dylan Jones and set up a two-run single two batters later by Rob Folsom.
Sitton proceeded to retire the side from the fourth through the sixth inning after a 38-minute rain delay, but he allowed a two-run home run to Cassidy in the seventh for the designated hitter's third home run of the game. The RBI were his sixth and seventh of the game, setting a Florida Atlantic single-game record.
Hugh Adams earned the win after going 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter R.J. Alvarez, who did not come back out after the 38-inning rain delay. Adams improved to 6-1 this season after allowing three hits and three runs while striking out three.
Cassidy had three hits to pace FAU, while Raymond Church and Sean Bukovich had two hits apiece for the Owls, who totaled 11 hits on the day.
Jones, Hayes and Tyler Smith joined Santos and Folsom in the two-hit category. The Beavers totaled 12 overall.
The game was delayed twice. The start was delayed one-hour, 15-minutes by lightning and light rain.