Beavers Hit Seven Homers In Win Over UW

March 7, 2001

Oregon State got a school-record-tying seven home runs from seven different hitters and asolid pitching performance from top starter Scott Nicholson in a 17-3 romp over theWashington baseball team in the second game of a two-game non-Pac-10 series at GossStadium. The UW beat OSU on Tuesday, 10-7.

The Beavers' seven home runs tied a school record set last season, when six different OSUbatters hit seven out of the yard at the University of Portland in a 13-5 win.

Nicholson, a senior from Longview, Wash., improved to 3-1 with the win. The leftyworked seven and one-third innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He fanned eight andwalked only two -- the last two batters he faced before being relieved.

The Beavers (9-8) held a 2-1 lead going into the fourth inning when Husky starting pitcherTyler Shepple (0-1) surrendered back-to-back home runs. The first was a three-run blast toright field from first baseman Andy Jarvis. Third baseman Brian Barden followed with ashot to left that gave OSU a 6-1 lead.

In the fourth, with Husky reliever Taylor Grant in to pitch, OSU second baseman ZachGordon hit a two-run homer to left-center field, increasing his team's lead to 8-1. In theseventh, shortstop Will Hudson hit a solo homer and left fielder Chris Biles belted a three-run blast to deep center for the Beavers' fourth and fifth home runs of the day.

Washington (6-3) scored its first run in the second when Jefferson Thiel singled to drive inJay Garthwaite, who had reached on an error. In the eighth, after Nicholson had walkedtwo batters with one out, Jay Garthwaite doubled to the left field gap off of reliever CraigHays to score a pair. Tyler Davidson accounted for three of the Huskies' eight hits in thegame, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk.

OSU's Josh Carter, who accounted for the sixth homer of the day with a two-run shot inthe eighth, extended his hitting streak to 15 games, going 4-for-5. Later in the eighth, pinchhitter Jason McBride belted a two-run homer to close out the Beavers' seven-HR attack.Barden also had three hits and Jarvis and Curtis Davis added two hits apiece for theBeavers.

Washington opens its home schedule this Friday at 6:30 p.m. vs. Southern Utah at HuskyBallpark. The Huskies and Thunderbirds continue the three-game series with 1:00 p.m.games Saturday and Sunday.

LINESCOREat Goss Stadium/Coleman FieldOregon State 17, Washington 3Washington   010 000 020 --  3  8 2Oregon St.   101 420 54x -- 17 15 2Tyler Shepple, Taylor Grant (5), Trevor Gibson (6), Jeff Petersen (7), Brian Carter (8) andJefferson Thiel, Chad Yarbrough (8). Scott Nicholson, Craig Hays (8), Stephen Copeland(9) and Paul Richie. W - Nicholson (3-1). L - Shepple (0-1). 2B - UW, Jay Garthwaite.HR - OSU, Andy Jarvis (4), Brian Barden (3), Zach Gordon (1), Will Hudson (2), ChrisBiles (4), Josh Carter (4), Jason McBride (1). T - 3:05. A - 753.
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