Cal Baseball Comes Up Short Versus OSU, 10-1

April 7, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

Scott Nicholson pitched a seven-hitter and OregonState came up with 16 hits of its own in a 10-1 win over California inPacific-10 baseball Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU(21-12 overall, 5-3 Pacific-10) moved to nine games over .500 for the firsttime this season, the Beavers have won 13 of their last 17 games.

Oregon State and California (19-16, 5-6) conclude their seriesSunday at 12 noon, the start time for that game has been moved up one hourto accomodate the Golden Bears' travel plans. The game can be heard onKLOO-AM (1340).

On Saturday, Nicholson pitched his fourth straight complete game toimprove his record to 7-1 and lower his earned run average to 2.68. In thosefour games, Nicholson is 4-0 with a 0.50 ERA and is averaging 5.5 hits, 1.5walks and 4.8 strikeouts per game.

'Early in the game, he wasn't as sharp as he'd been at Arizona,'said OSU catcher Brian Ingram, recalling Nicholson's 82-pitch shutout a weekearlier. 'But any time you do that, it's tough to top it. Early, he mighthave been a little off-tempo because of the rain delay (in the firstinning).'

Nicholson allowed a pair of hits in the first inning, then three inthe third as the Golden Bears got within 2-1 on Jeff Dragicevich's doubleand Carson White's run-scoring single. That ended Nicholson's 15-inningscoreless streak, but he allowed just two hits and one walk over the finalsix innings. Nicholson walked one and struck out three in his sixth completegame of the season.

Meanwhile, Oregon State was pulling away to improve its home recordto 12-4 this season. In the fourth inning, Ingram, drove a two-run homerover the back fence in leftfield to make it 4-1 against Cal starter JasonDennis.

Will Hudson added a run-scoring single in the fifth and JasonMcBride a run-scoring double in the seventh inning. Josh Carter's two-rundouble and Andy Jarvis' two-run homer in the eighth inning off relieverBlake Read completed the scoring.

Jarvis' homer was his second in as many days and gives him 11 on theyear, tying him for eighth place on OSU's all-time list of single-seasonleaders with Chris Newman (1983), Joe Gerber (1998) and Zach Gordon (2000).Carter's double was the 35th of his career, tying him for fourth place onOSU's all-time list with Troy Schader (1997-99).

The Beavers had at least 10 hits for the 23rd time this season, andhad at least 15 hits for the 10th time this spring. In its last four games,OSU is averaging 14.8 hits per game.

'It seems to be like a fire on the team,' said Ingram, who was3-for-4 with a home run. 'Right now, we've got a mentality that we're hungryfor a 'W' (win), and we're trying to take that attitude wherever we go.'

Ingram extended his hitting streak to 11 games, during that time,he's batting .475 (19-for-40). 'It's just one of those things,' Ingram said. 'The ball looks like awatermelon right now when it's coming up there ... I'm just seeing the ballwell and recognizing what's coming. And you have to give a lot of credit tothe hitters behind me (in the lineup) - they're allowing me to see thosepitches.'

Hudson was 3-for-5 for OSU, Carter was 2-for-5 with a double andthree runs batted in, Eric Stark was 2-for-5 with a double, Jarvis was2-for-5 with a homer, and Barden was 2-for-4.

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