Saturday, June 4, 2011

Diamond Dawg update

The Diamond Dawgs were stymied yesterday by Creighton's ace Dufek. We face Arkansas Little Rock today at 4pm. Here's how Kendall Rogers breaks down yesterday's play in the Corvallis Regional:
Host: Oregon State
Where: Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
Super regional pairing: Winner of Nashville Regional
The skinny: Creighton put together a very business-like performance in a 2-1 triumph over Georgia. Jonas Dufek was fantastic on the mound, while Scott Thornburg and Anthony Bemboom each finished the afternoon with a hit and an RBI ... Oregon State starting pitcher James Nygren allowed four runs in just 4 2/3 innings against Arkansas-Little Rock, but the bullpen rose to the occasion in a 7-4 comeback victory. Scott Schultz tossed 1 1/3 shutout innings, Matt Boyd tossed two shutout innings and Tony Bryant tossed one shutout frame. It's also worth noting OSU leadoff hitter Ryan Barnes went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Player of the day: P Jonas Dufek, Creighton -- The Bluejays had the tough chore of slowing down a Georgia offense that has potential to be very productive. Dufek, though, had little trouble with the Bulldogs. Dufek struck out 10 batters and allowed just a run on five hits in a complete game performance.
What we learned: We said in our Corvallis Regional preview that Creighton could experience a wealth of success this weekend if it plays defense and pitches well as it has the entire season. The Bluejays did just that against Georgia and we'll see if that continues against Oregon State. We also learned the Beavers have a flare for the comeback. The Beavers were down 4-0 to UALR in the fifth inning, but responded with seven runs the final four at bats to take care of business. OSU put its hard-nosed attitude on display.
One thing's for sure, if Alex Wood pitches as well as Pallazone did yesterday we'll at least have a shot of extending the weekend action. We went down swinging a lot yesterday. Hopefully today we can make better contact.

1 comment:

Cojones said...

Dawgs win, 7-3.