Baseball2010 NCAA Men's College World Series
NCAA Gainesville Regional
Friday, June 4, 2010
Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Game 1 – Oregon State 6, Florida Atlantic 4
Smith hit his first home run in two months and Greg Peavey allowed two hits
over 6 1/3 innings to pace the Oregon State baseball team past Florida
Atlantic, 6-4, in the opening game of the Gainesville Regional Friday afternoon
at McKethan Stadium.
The Beavers held on for the two-run win after the Owls scored four runs late in the game to make it interesting. However, Oregon State’s offensive attack, which provided Peavey with 10 hits, proved to be enough.
Peavey improved to 6-3 this season after throwing his eighth quality start of the season. The right-hander scattered nine hits and two runs while striking out seven in his 15th start of the season.
Smith, meanwhile, drove in three runs to tie his season high set Feb. 26 against Tennessee. His two-run home run in the second was his first since March 21 against Maine.
Smith opened the game’s scoring with a two-run home run in the second. Andrew Susac singled on a blooper to center for the team’s first hit of the game, then Smith smashed a 2-1 pitch from FAU starter Mike Gipson that went over the trees in left field. It was Smith’s first home run since March 21 against Maine and put OSU up 2-0, a lead they never relinquished.
The Beavers (32-22 overall) broke the game open with a four-run fourth. Dylan Jones singled, moved to second on an infield single and went to third when Florida Atlantic’s shortstop threw a ball in the dirt trying to get Susac at first. Smith stroked his third RBI of the game with a single to right that scored Jones.
Carter Bell made it 4-0 in favor of Oregon State with a single to right, then watched as Keith Jennette drove home Smith on another single. Bell ultimately made it 6-0 when Bell scored on a wild pitch.
Oregon State’s six-run lead, however, was short lived as the Owls (35-23) posted four runs on three home runs from the sixth to eighth innings. Nick Delguidice hit a two-run shot in the sixth off Peavey, then Florida Atlantic hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to pull within two, 6-4. Dan Scheffler homered to right off reliever Ryan Gorton, then watched as Eddie Cassidy went to left with another solo shot.
That prompted the Beavers to bring in Tyler Waldron, who got out of the inning without any further damage on a groundout, and, after allowing a single up the middle, a strikeout.
Waldron earned the save after going 1 2/3 innings, allowing just a hit while striking out one. The save was his third of the season.
Smith and Susac paced the Beavers with two hits apiece.
Gipson took the loss for Florida Atlantic and dropped to 8-2 this season. He allowed eight hits and six runs over six innings.
Scheffler, Cassidy, Raymond Church and Colby Gratton each had two hits for the Owls.
The game officially started started at 4:21 p.m. ET after a three-hour, 15 minute rain delay due to thunderstorms in the Gainesville area.
The Beavers will await their opponent Saturday, which could be either top-seeded Florida or No. 4 Bethune-Cookman. Oregon State’s game will be played at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. in the Pacific Time Zone). If the Beavers play Florida, the game will air live on Sun Sports, which will be available nationally on DirecTV and Dish Network. It will also be streamed online at FoxSportsFlorida.com.
If the Beavers play Bethune-Cookman, the game will not be on television nor will it be streamed.
FAU Post-Game Quotes
Head Coach John McCormack
“I thought Oregon State pitched very well. They got enough hits in the fourth inning. They capitalized with a lead-off walk and strung some hits together. On the other side, we had some opportunities early and weren’t able to capitalize on them. In the first inning we had runners on first and second and didn’t get anything out of it. The second inning we had Oregon State on the ropes a little bit but didn’t get anything out of it. We just didn’t have enough. They certainly pitched well and did a nice job.”
On building momentum after the teams’ back-to-back home runs
“Without a doubt I felt we had momentum. Home runs can be rally killers, but in this case they gave us a lift. Their guy was doing a good job against us and to have two in a row put us at 6-4. That’s right in our comfort zone. They pitched brilliantly down the stretch.”
On whether the three-hour rain delay affected the team
“I don’t think it affected the team. This is baseball. We’ve been through that a lot, as has Oregon State. I don’t think it affected anything. We came out in the bottom of the first and came up with back-to-back singles. Their starter bared down and made some really good pitches. We have to get better earlier in the game.”
#2 Nick Delguidice
On how the team was hitting
“The whole team felt like we were hitting pretty well all day, but couldn’t really string them together. We put ourselves in some good situations but couldn’t make the most of them.”
#24 Mike Gipson
On the three-hour rain delay
“It didn’t really affect me that much. I kind of stiffened up but I had an opportunity to get loose a little bit before the game.”
Oregon State Post-Game Quotes
Head Coach Pat Casey
“Obviously it was a long wait to get to play, which made it a little bit difficult. I was pleased with the way we came out early and played well. I thought Greg (Peavey) had some great stuff and we tried to use him as much as possible. In tournaments you try to get as deep as you can, so I was excited about that. Getting the first win is always tough. Being the No. 3 seed and beating the No. 2 seed is obviously what we were looking for.”
On the performances of the freshmen today
“We had three freshmen in the lineup and I thought they responded, which they should. These guys have continued to grow. One thing about freshmen is they all want to play and play right away. We had an injury that allowed Tyler Smith to play more than he would normally. He proved he wasn’t going to be a freshman for very long. This is what athletics are about.”
# 10 Andrew Susac
On pitcher Greg Peavey’s performance
“Greg is always good. When he gets ahead, he is lights out. He had good stuff today and took us deep in the game.”
#1 Tyler Smith
On his home run
“I was kind of sitting on a fast ball a little bit. Luckily I got to a 2-1 count and got a pitch in the middle, was able to do something with it and put the barrel on it. I knew right away it was gone.”
On the importance to getting an early lead
“It’s huge to get an early lead, especially in the first game. We were able to get the jitters out. It was good for Greg’s (Peavey) confidence to know we had a lead and were behind him. It was big.”
#24 Greg Peavey
On the rain delay
“It didn’t really affect me too much. I got out there kind of late today. I was hurrying to get the game going and it just started pouring. It was kind of a blessing. Getting loose down here isn’t too difficult because the weather is so hot so I was able to loosen up.”
State Game Notes
• Oregon State improved to 35-20 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, including an 18-13 mark in regional play.
• Head coach Pat Casey won his 30th postseason game at Oregon State. Casey is 30-8 (.789) in five postseason appearances.
• Oregon State won its NCAA Regional opener for the fifth consecutive season. The Beavers have not lost an NCAA Regional opener since 1986 in Stillwater, Okla.
• The Beavers have won 11 of their last 16 games after previously dropping 11 of their 12 contests.
• The Beavers moved to 2-0 all-time vs. the Owls (13-5 on Feb. 14, 1998).
• Oregon State improved to 25-2 when leading after six innings.
• Greg Peavey won back-to-back starts for the first time in his career.
• Tyler Smith finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and a career-high tying three RBI.
Florida Atlantic Game Notes
• FAU fell to 10-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Owls dropped to 0-2 all-time vs. Oregon State (13-5 loss on Feb. 14, 1998)
• In his last five games, Raymond Church is 13-for-26 (.500) with 13 RBI, 10 runs and four home runs.
• FAU scored just four runs after averaging 11.6 runs its last five games.
• The back-to-back home runs by Dan Scheffler and Eddie Cassidy were the first back-to-back shots by the Owls since Andy Mee and Scheffler connected on consecutive shots on May 9 in a 6-3 win over South Alabama.
• The Owls made their first NCAA Regional appearance in Gainesville despite playing five of their previous six NCAA Tournaments in the state of Florida.
• Mike Albaladejo became just the eighth player in school history to steal a base in the NCAA Tournament.