Dunn hits for the cycle, Susac returns for the Beavers

2011-05-10T21:45:00Z 2015-03-25T18:03:52Z Dunn hits for the cycle, Susac returns for the BeaversBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

There was no midweek letdown this time for the Oregon State baseball team.

Second-ranked OSU dispatched Portland 13-3 in a nonconference game with ease on Tuesday before a crowd of 2,110 in Goss Stadium.

Shortstop Ryan Dunn made sure of that by hitting for the cycle with four RBIs. It's the second time an OSU player has hit for the cycle, and first since Andy Jenkins did so in the 2005 NCAA Super Regional.

"I saw the ball well, and it all came together today," Dunn said.

He left the hardest hit, the triple, for last. Dunn drove the ball to right-center field and planned to keep running to third and be thrown out if it came to that.

Center fielder Craig Smith dove and missed, which gave Dunn the chance to make it before the throw with a head-first slide.

"It was pretty cool," coach Pat Casey said. "The last time someone did that we went to the World Series in 2005. He did a great job and put the ball in play. It was big when he hit the home run and get us to 4-1."

Said Dunn about Casey's recollection: "That's a good sign, hopefully we can carry that over."

OSU (35-11) hammered out 14 hits, including three home runs. Michael Miller and Jared Norris slammed their first of the season. The Beavers jumped on the Pilots (17-25) early and didn't let up.

The big news, however, was the return of catcher Andrew Susac from his April 11 wrist surgery. He was the designated hitter and had a single with two RBIs.

Susac fractured the hamate bone at the base of his left wrist when he swung at a high outside pitch April 3 at Arizona and the bat nob rolled over his wrist and snapped off the little bone.

"I can't explain it," Susac said of being back. "I was bored as hell. Getting back at it was unbelievable. I have to get my timing down. My fourth at-bat I felt good about it."

Susac said his hand has healed enough that he can bat, but is two weeks away from coming back as a catcher. Overall, he's two weeks ahead of schedule.

"It was nice to see Susac in the lineup," Casey said. "He put some good swings on the ball. He'll play depending on how he feels. And then how it matches up. If he's part of that, great. If not, he has to get healthy and get behind the dish."

Susac remains OSU's top hitter with a .359 batting average and shares the team lead in home runs with four.

The sophomore is considered a first-round draft pick in the June draft, but his return had nothing to do with proving to the scouts he can play after the injury.

"No draft stock was part of my decision," Susac said. "Who doesn't want to be part of this run right now. It's a run of a lifetime. I'm bored and want to be on the field."

The final development for the Beavers was freshman pitcher Adam Duke made his season debut after a long-term shoulder injury.

He threw the final inning and gave up a two-run home run. However, he hit 92 mph on the radar gun with regularity, Casey said.

"He was good tonight," Casey said. "It takes courage to be that far into the season and have yourself ready to go and want to pitch."

Oregon State 13, Portland 3

PORTLAND 010 000 002 - 3 4 0

OREGON STATE 120 040 06x - 13 14 1

McCallister, Brynteson (5), Millers (6), Thompson (8) and Grubb, Cornish (7). Nygren, Boyd (6), Duke (9) and Berberet. WP: Nygren (8-1). LP: McCallister (0-4). 2B: Mardesich (P), Berberet (OSU), Dunn (OSU), Stamps (OSU). 3B: Dunn (OSU). HR: Mardesich (P), Dunn (OSU), Miller (OSU), Norris (OSU)

Hits: Portland 4 (Mardesich 2, Armijo, Thompson). Oregon State 14 (Dunn 4, Stamps 2, Berberet 2, Hayes, Keyes, Susac, Gordon, Norris, Miller)

RBIs: Portland 3 (Mardesich, Thompson). Oregon State 13 (Dunn 4, Norris 2, Keyes 2, Susac 2, Berberet, Dunn, Miller)

 

 

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