Early Lead Won't Hold Up For OSU Baseball As Beavs Fall To CSUN

Feb. 4, 2001

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - - For the second consecutive day, the Oregon State baseball squad scored in double figures, but the result was the same as the Beavers lost to Cal State-Northridge 20-10 on Sunday as the Matadors (6-2) swept the three game non-league series.

OSU jumped out to a 7-1 lead after 1 � innings, but CSUN's 10-run explosion in the second inning doomed the Beavers to a 0-3 start.

The Beavers were not lacking for offense, as they battled back to within 12-10 after three innings. The Matador's bats proved to be too much for OSU's pitching and defense to handle though, as they put seven runs on the board over the next two innings while the pitching put the clamps on the Beavers offense, shutting it out the rest of the way. The game was called due to the 10-run rule after the seventh inning.

Josh Carter knocked in two of OSU's three first-inning runs with a two-out double, while Will Hudson had a two-run double and Chris Biles drove in a run with a double in the second inning as well.

The Matadors opened the floodgates in their half of the second, as they exploded for 10 runs. The highlight of the inning was an Eric Verbryke grand slam off OSU's Stephen Copeland, who was battered for 11 hits and 11 runs - all earned. Copeland took the loss and fell to 0-1 on the season.

OSU made a run at the Matadors, as they climbed to within 12-10 in the third inning on the strength of a Brian Barden three-run homerun, but couldn't overcome two homeruns by the Matadors and seven total runs in the next two innings.

Barden went 3-for-5 with four RBI on the day to lead the Beavers, while Chris Biles went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Josh Carter went 2-for-4. Will Hudson drove in two runs and went 1-for-5.

The Matadors' J.T. Stotts turned in a 3-for-5 performance, including two homeruns, four RBI, and three runs scored. Verbryke also went 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Jeremy Ballew went 5-for-5.

Offense dominated the series over the weekend, as the teams combined for 80 runs and 84 hits. OSU crossed the plate 28 times, while CSUN scored 52 runs, OSU had 37 hits to CSUN's 47.OSU's next outing will be a three game series at Cal-Santa Barbara, which kicks off with a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m.


Oregon State 34 3 000 0 - 10 12 2

Cal State-Northridge 1(10)1 340 1 - 20 19 4

Copeland, Hays (3), Wray (5), Mitchell (7), Mitchell (7) and Richie, Gill. Kameron, Fortugno (2), Flores (3), Dunn (5) and Ballew. WP-Fortugno (1-0). LP-Copeland (0-1). 2B-Stark (OSU), Hudson (OSU), Carter (OSU), Biles (OSU), Verbryke (CSUN), Ballew (CSUN). HR-Barden (OSU), Stotts 2 (CSUN), Verbryke (CSUN), Smith (CSUN), Arroyo (CSUN), Ballew (CSUN), Hanson (CSUN).

HITS: Oregon State 12 (Stark 2x3, Hudson 1x5, Barden 3x5, Jarvis 1x5, Carter 2x4, Biles 2x3, Reynolds 1x2), Cal State-Northridge 19 (Stotts 3x5, Gorman 1x4, Verbryke 3x5, Smith 2x5, Arroyo 1x5, McKenneys 2x3, Ballew 5x5, Coltey 1x4).

RBI: Oregon State 9 (Hudson 2, Barden 4, Biles 3), Cal State-Northridge 19 (Stotts 4, Verbryke 4, Smith 1, Arroyo 2, McKenney 1, Ballew 1, Hanson 3, Coltey 3).

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