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NCAA Super Regionals 2011: Oregon State Falls Behind Vanderbilt Early

The Oregon State Beavers are off to a rough start in the NCAA Super Regionals after a rocky bottom-half of the first inning. With two outs, the Vanderbilt Commodores put together a rally, plating two runs with some timely hitting. The runs came after Oregon State starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio got a little wild to go along with a defense that failed him.

Gaviglio got the first two outs of the inning with relative ease, retiring the first two batters he faced. But after back-to-back two-out walks to Aaron Westlake and Curt Casali, the rally was on. A single from Mike Yastrzemski brought home Westlake and a dropped ball at third prevented Oregon State from getting out of the inning without further damage.

The Commodores made them pay as Jason Esposito brough home Casali with a single to give Vanderbilt a two-run lead. Gaviglio loaded the bases with another walk and Conner Harrell tacked on two more runs with a single to left before Oregon State got out of the inning with a strikeout.

After just one inning, the Beavers trail the Commodores in the first game of the best-of-three series, 4-0. Gavilgio expended a ton of energy early, throwing more than 30 pitches to get out of the inning. With three games in three days, it'll be interesting to watch the bullpen and how the Beavers manage the pitching situation for the rest of the game.

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