OSU-A&M: It's over early!

By Glenn Tanner - March 05, 2007


Oregon State is leaving the field after eight innings with 6-5 win thanks to a travel curfew.

Texas A&M made it really interesting in the eighth, though, with a grand slam.

Thanks to some mound wildness, the Aggies loaded the bases in the 8th on a HBP and two walks. Pitcher Jorge Reyes then threw three straight balls to Brandon Hicks. Hicks got the green light, though, and Reyes grooved one. Hicks mashed it over the left-field wall and it landed an estimated 370 feet away.

Beaver closer Eddie Kunz came on to get the final out of the inning and the save.

The Beavers are for real. A lot of people thought they were a one-year wonder with their 2005 College World Series appearance, but they answered that with a 2006 national title. After losing stud arms Dallas Buck, Kevin Gunderson, and Jonah Nickerson as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year Cole Gillespie, this looked like it might be a down year. Think again. A revamped pitching staff that is both talented and deep has posted a sub-3.00 ERA, and the bats have responded by averaging eight runs per game so far. Look out Pac-10, because the Beavers look capable of a threepeat.

The Beavers pounded out 12 hits today. Mike Lissman did most of the damage with a single, double, homer, two runs scored and two RBI.

Oregon State is now 14-3, which is even more impressive when you consider that all 17 games were on the road. They'll finally have their home opener on Thursday as they welcome a very good Evansville team for a three-game series.

Texas A&M drops to 15-2. The Aggies also started last season hot, winning 12 of their first 13, but finished the year on a 13-29 skid. While I don't think they're 15-and-2-good, I seriously doubt they will crater like last year. Expect the Aggies to be in the mix for a post-season bid late in the year. A&M will host the Florida Gators next weekend.

And now I'm off to the Dixie Chicken for dinner. I wonder if they serve beaver burgers?

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 06:34 PM on March 05, 2007
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I just want to say that Dr. Tanner's coverage of the Beaver game is pure poetry. I wonder if he got his burger...

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