Baseball2010 NCAA Men's College World Series
NCAA Gainesville Regional
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Game 5 – Florida Atlantic 11, Oregon State 7
The Oregon State baseball team saw its 2010 campaign come to an end Sunday afternoon with an 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.
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.
Florida Atlantic Post-Game Quotes
Head Coach John McCormack
“First I want to commend Oregon State. I thought they played their behinds off today. We got off to an 8-0 start so they could’ve easily been taken out of it, but they weren’t. They kept bringing in guys off the bench and bringing in new arms so I thought they did a great job. As far as our team and R.J. (Alvarez), I think that sometimes it’s difficult for pitchers to pitch with a big lead. I thought he was trying to be too fine and too particular about his pitches. He gave up four runs with two outs. I think if it weren’t for Eddie (Cassidy), things could’ve been a little different for us today. Offensively we did a really good job coming off our performance yesterday. I thought our relief pitching came in and did well. We are looking forward to tonight’s game.”
On how his pitching staff looks heading into tonight’s game vs. Florida
“Taylor Everist pitched really well in the conference tournament and he has a lot of experience. We have a bunch of guys who have yet to throw a pitch, so I think we are ok. That’s considering they all do what they are supposed to do. But I think we are in good shape going into tonight’s game.”
# 10 Eddie Cassidy
On his three home runs in today’s game vs. Oregon State
“This was a first to hit three in one game. I’ve had a couple games where I’ve hit two home runs, but this is my first to hit three in a game. It feels amazing. The third one I thought I got too much air under it and I figured it was a pop fly. The outfielder looked like he was camping ready to catch the ball and then he started back-tracking to the fence. It felt great.”
Oregon State Post-Game Quotes
Head Coach Pat Casey
“I would say that when the season is over there are not a lot of things that a coach can say to make his club feel any better. The only time its good to be standing behind this microphone is when you’re the last club standing in Omaha. Other than that, every club that has the wonderful opportunity to compete in the NCAA Championship has to have their last game at some point. There is nothing easy about going home. We feel like we are a good enough team to still be playing and we didn’t play well enough to do that. We faced a talented FAU team. The thing about baseball is that you win games with pitching and defense and the offense just determines by how much. That’s exactly what happened today. Our pitching was not where it should be and we aren’t going to win a lot of games when we have to score 11 runs to win.”
#3 Adalberto Santos
On this season as a whole
“The best way to describe this season was a rollercoaster. We had our ups and downs and fights and battles. Just like with every sport, one team has to win and we just came up on the other end of that battle today. Our team is young and they’re a good team. They will be back again next year.”
#13 Rob Folsom
On facing an early deficit
“It was tough. It was hard to look on the scoreboard and know we would have to do a lot of work to get back in the game. We fought back to make it 8-4 and we thought there was more life in this game. We felt we just needed to score a couple of runs and be right back in it. We just didn’t capitalize on the chances we had. It’s tough to handle.”
• FAU improved to 12-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
• Eddie Cassidy (3-for-5) set a FAU NCAA Tournament record with three home runs (all off different pitchers) and seven RBI. The three homers marked his first career multi-home run game and the first time since May 8, 1999 that an Owl hit three home runs (fourth time ever). Cassidy’s four total home runs this tournament ties the school record set by L.J. Biernbaum in 2002.
• The Owls have now won at least two NCAA Regional games for the first time since the 2004 Coral Gables Regional (2-2).
• FAU picked up their first-ever win over Oregon State (1-2).
• The Owls plated two more runs in the first inning (six) than their total run output vs. Oregon State on Friday (four).
• FAU is averaging 10.6 runs in its last eight games.
• The combination of FAU’s 4-6 hitters, Dan Scheffler, Cassidy and Nick Delguidice are hitting a combined .481 (18-for-30) this weekend with 14 RBI, 14 runs, six home runs and three doubles.
• In his last seven games, Raymond Church is 17-for-37 (.459) with 16 RBI, 13 runs and five home runs.
Oregon State Notes
• Oregon State fell to 35-22 (.614) all-time in NCAA Tournament games, including an 18-15 (.545) mark in regional play.
• For the first time since the 1985 and 1986 seasons, the Beavers failed in consecutive appearances (2009 and 2010) to advance out of a regional.
• Oregon State gave up 10-plus runs in consecutive NCAA Tournament games for the first time since the 1952 College World Series (Loss 7-18 to Duke on June 12, 1-10 to Texas on June 13).
• The game marked the third-straight day where Oregon State has sat through a rain delay.
• The Beavers scored at least one run for the 115th consecutive game. OSU was last shut out on May 20, 2008 at Long Beach State, losing 10-0.
• Beavers suffered their first-ever loss against the Owls (1-2).