Beavs hold on in tourney opener, TCU next

IT MIGHT TURN OUT to have been the best of both possible worlds. Oregon State got the win -- and they also received a reminder, in the strongest terms possible, that no lead is ever safe. The black and orange bats were hot early, OSU built a 9-1 lead. Texas A&M nearly came all the way back but OSU came out on top 9-8 and now plays Saturday in the winner's bracket in the Fort Worth regional.

The good -- Carter Bell had three hits while Koa Kahalehoe drove in three RBI on three hits. Sam Gaviglio didn't have his top of the line stuff but he was effective, holding Texas A&M to six hits and a run over 5 2/3 innings while striking out five. The Beavs also raced out to a 9-1 lead.

The bad -- Oregon State was burned for seven Texas A&M runs over the final three innings. Three of those came in the form of a two-out, ninth inning dinger.

OSU put up a 4-spot in the second, to take a 4-0 lead. Carter Bell reached on a single, then moved to third when A&M's Luke Anders threw a Kahalehoe bunt into center field. John Tommasini then hit a two-run triple to the left center gap. Tommasini came home when Ortiz singled to center, who later scored on a Stefen Romero single.

Oregon State in workmanlike fashion plated another three in the third inning and later added two more -- necessary runs as it turned out -- in the sixth. The winning runs, by Ortiz and Romero, were singled home by Kahalehoe.

The Aggies scored four in the seventh off three Oregon State relievers, tightening the score to 9-5. In the eighth, Texas A&M put runners at second and third with one out but Kraig Sitton snuffed out the rally.

The Beavers next play at 5 p.m. PT against TCU who beat Wright State 6-3 on Friday night.

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