Baseball Earns Comeback Win Over Oklahoma, 10-8
Feb. 18, 2001
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - - Oregon State (4-3) used a four-run ninth inning to stake a 10-8 come-from-behind win over Oklahoma in non-conference baseball and claim a four-game weekend sweep of the competition at the San Diego Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Trailing 8-6 heading into the top half of the ninth, OSU's Chris Biles got the Beaver rally underway with a single through the right side. After an error, a fielder's choice, and a hit batter, the Beavers had the bases packed with Josh Carter on first, Kane TenPas on second, and Brian Barden on third, setting the stage for a Curtis Davis at-bat.
As he had all weekend, Davis delivered. The senior delivered a clutch base hit to center that drove in TenPas and Barden and tied the game at eight. Davis went 7-for-15 on the weekend, knocking in eight runs, scoring four, and hitting two doubles and a triple.
'I like coming down here,' said Davis, who also had the game-winning RBI against Texas Tech at the tournament. 'It's a good stadium, and it's just fun to play here.'
As for the game-tying hit, Davis got the pitch he wanted. 'I was looking for a fastball, and I got out ahead of it a little. Luckily, it went over the guy's head.'
Jason McBride pinch hit for Josh Howard with two outs and the game tied, and came up with a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Carter and give the Beavers the lead for good at 9-8.
Davis, who advanced to second on the sacrifice, scored on Bryan Ingram's following at-bat thanks to an error by Oklahoma third baseman Greg Dobbs for the final of 10-8.
After the game, OSU head coach Pat Casey was pleased with the win, but not satisfied. 'It's always great to win early in the season, we hope we learn from what went wrong and correct it. Hopefully we can understand that we can win against good teams.'
OSU's pitching staff gave up 13 hits to the Sooners, but Craig Hays and Stephen Copeland combined to smother any hopes of an Oklahoma rally in the bottom of the ninth as they allowed just one hit in the inning.
Hays earned his first win of the season, as he went 1 2/3 innings and gave up one hit. Mark McLemore pitched five solid innings as the starter, surrendering seven hits and four runs while striking out three.
Jake Postlewait, Jed Mitchell, Ben Rowe, and Corky Wray all contributed in middle releif, giving up a combined five hits and four runs.
'We've got to have better pitching,' Casey said. 'But early in the season and on the road you've just got to find a way to win.'
The fourth inning saw both teams cross the plate three times, as OSU started the inning's scoring when Davis scored on an error by OU shortstop Sergio Garcia. Howard and Will Hudson would each score unearned runs - Howard on a wild pitch and Hudson on an error by pitcher Austin Mix. The Sooners committed seven errors on the afternoon, accounting for three of OSU's runs. The Beavers had three errors but scored five unearned runs.
Oklahoma bumped its lead to 8-6 after a three-run seventh inning in which designated hitter Sean Smith powered a three-run homerun off of Ben Rowe.
Carter and Jarvis each contributed three hits for the Beavers, including a double by Carter.
Oregon State's next action will be at the Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament Feb. 23-25. OSU plays three games against Clemson and will face UNLV once as well.
OREGON STATE 10, OKLAHOMA 8
Oregon State 002 300 104 - 10 14 3
Oklahoma 100 301 300 - 8 13 7
McLemore, Postlewait (6), Mitchell (7), Rowe (7), Wray (7), Hays (8), Copeland (9) and Ingram. Mix, Sorensen (7), Gruesel (9) and Haggard. WP-Hays (1-1). LP-Sorensen (0-2). Save - Copeland (1). 2B- Carter (OSU), Davis (OSU), Harris (OU). 3B- Biles (OSU), Gordon (OSU). HR- Smith (OU).
HITS: Oregon State 14 (Hudson 1x5, Biles 2x6, Barden 1x5, Jarvis 3x5, Carter 3x4, Davis 2x5, Ingram 1x5, Gordon 1x2). Oklahoma 13 (Godsey 1x5, Dobbs 1x5, Frasier 2x4, Smith 2x4, Harris 3x5, Garcia 1x5, Bartlett 1x4, Haggard 2x4).
RBI: Oregon State 7 (Biles 1, Jarvis 1, Carter 1, Davis 2, Howard 1, McBride 1). Oklahoma 8 (Frasier 1, Smith 3, Harris 1, Bartlett 1, Haggard 2).