OSU-A&M: Star of the Game

By Glenn Tanner - March 05, 2007

Oregon State has jumped all over A&M and leads 5-0 after three innings.

The Beavers have seven hits, including two homers.

Edit: Let's make that 5-1, because A&M's Spencer Jackson just led off the 4th with a homer over the centerfield wall.

Oregon State took the lead in the bottom of the first. Outfielder Mike Lissman yanked a ball down the left field line for his third homer of the year.

Lissman got another ribbie his next time up. In the third, Darwin Barney, Joey Wong, and Lissman strung together singles to start the inning, and Aggie pitcher Kirkland Rivers got the hook. Reliever Scott Migl allowed one run on a fielder's choice, but then gave up a no-doubter two-run homer down the left field line to Jason Ogata.

A&M is getting men on, but can't get a clutch hit. They have five hits in three innings, but haven't dented the run column, leaving the bases loaded in the third. Beaver first baseman Ogata helped keep them off the board. With two on in the third, Ogata made one of those plays that only a right-handed first baseman could make, gloving a hot smash down the line and turning what looked like a sure double into an out.

We've already had three non-pitcher substitutions, and OSU has a reliever ready in the pen, so it looks like one of those messy-scorecard days.

The star of this game, and of every game at Olsen Field, is Aggie bat boy Jace Hutchins. The first-grader is decked out in a slightly-too-large-for-him Aggie uniform and a much-too-large-for-him Aggie batting helmet. The weight of the helmet causes him to totter unsteadily when retrieving foul balls and makes him look like a living, breathing bobble-head. Best of all, though, the kid is a complete ham. After retrieving balls that have come down the net behind the plate, Hutchins will draw a huge roar either by flashing the "Gig 'Em" sign to the appreciative student section, or by playfully mocking a nearby Oregon State player.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 04:47 PM on March 05, 2007

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