Beavs take Game 1 over Oregon

HOW LONG HAS it been? Well, the last time the Beavs and Ducks met on the baseball field was 1981, Ronald Reagan's first year in office. Also in '81, a new station called MTV came onto the airwaves, a woman was seated on the Supreme Court for the first time and Christopher Cross (seriously) was all the rage, taking home the Grammy for Record, Album and Song of the Year.

In other words, it was a long time ago. A very long time ago.

Oregon State dismantled Oregon in the first meeting in 28 years on Friday, plating four insurance runs in the top of the ninth in a 7-1 victory at PK Park in Eugene. Saturday at 6 p.m. will be Round 2.

In the opener of the three game series on Friday, sophomore Tyler Waldron pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on five hits for his second win of the season. Kraig Sitton recorded his first save of the year, holding the Ducks scoreless over the final 1 2/3 innings.

Oregon State (14-5 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) struck first in the top of the third inning when Adalberto Santos drove a single through the left side scoring center fielder John Wallace from second. The Beavers added two more during the fourth when Wallace singled through the right side, plating Rob Folsom and Carter Bell.

Wallace drove in three runs for the Beavers.

Oregon (10-13, 0-1 Pac-10) scored their lone run in the bottom of the fourth when Caleb Tommasini, brother of Oregon State second baseman J. Tommasini, singled to left, advanced to second on a fielder's choice and came home on a single to center. Both teams failed to score until Oregon State broke it open in the ninth.

The Civil War in baseball moves up to PGE Park in Portland, Ore. for the final two games of the series. Saturday's first pitch time is set for 6 p.m. and Sunday is a 1 p.m. PST start.

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