Beavs' baseball season ends

THERE WILL BE no black and orange magic carpet ride this season. The Beavs, in their second elimination game of the day on Sunday, took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning against TCU but couldn't hold it, or play add-on the rest of the way. Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, TCU singled home a run and with the win, ended Oregon State's baseball season.

Oregon State had their best late-innings scoring chance in the eighth when Koa Kahalehoe and Ryan Ortiz punched out back to back, one-out singles. The rally ended when Jared Norris hit into an inning ending double play. Another chance in the ninth, with a runner on second and two outs, went begging when John Tommasini stuck out.

Kevin Rhoderick came on to shut down TCU in order in the eighth. But with one out in the ninth, he gave up a single and a wild pitch put TCU in position to win it with the base knock.

Oregon State, who ended season at 37-19, had an early 4-0 lead but saw it erased as the Horned Frogs tied it with one run in the third inning, three runs in the fifth inning.

The Beavers struck early with one run in the top of the first. Adalberto Santos tripled with one out and Kahalehoe drove him in on a ground out. Santos ended the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Oregon State added three more in the third inning. Santos singled up the middle with one out, Kahalehoe then moved him to second base on a ground out. After Ryan Ortiz waked, Norris singled up the middle to load the bases for Stefen Romero, who laced a 2-2 pitch to right field for a bases clearing three RBI double to give the Beavers a 4-0 lead.

Oregon State starting pitcher Tanner Robles went only 3 2/3 innings allowing two hits, one run and striking out four. Oregon State said after the game it was Robles' struggling accuracy that prompted his early removal giving way to Ryan Gorton.

Texas Christian added three in the bottom of the fifth as Gorton struggled, giving up three runs off four hits while walking one before Josh Osich replaced him. Osich got the last out in the bottom of the fifth with a strikeout. He then struck out the first batter of the sixth before allowing two straight walks. After inducing a fielder's choice groundout for the second out he Vern to strike out on four pitches to end the threat and the inning.

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