Beavers Rally Past Portland

April 24, 2001

PORTLAND, Ore. - Seth Pietsch's pinch-hit two-run double keyed Oregon State's three-run eighth inning as the Beavers rallied to beat Portland 10-9 in non-league baseball Tuesday afternoon at Pilot Stadium. Brian Barden was 4-for-5 with two doubles for OSU (26-16 overall, 8-7 Pacific-10), which won its fifth straight game and has won 15 of its last 22.

The Beavers and Pilots (17-25, 6-15 West Coast) meet again Wednesday at 3 p.m. at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

On Tuesday, Oregon State gave Thad Johnson his first relief appearance of the season to nail down the win, as Johnson pitched the final 2 1/3 innings. Entering the game in the seventh inning after a quick warmup, Johnson gave up a run-scoring single to Matt Coleman and a two-run single to Brad Stewart to put Portland up 9-7 before he retired the final seven hitters he faced.

'We did what we had to - we won the game,' said OSU coach Pat Casey, whose team won its third straight one-run game as it pursues an NCAA regional berth. 'We wish we had done it differently, but Thad did a great job coming in on three days' rest (since starting Friday against Washington State), having to come in and win a game for us - he did a great job.'

The two hits off Johnson capped Portland's five-run seventh inning, that gave the Pilots the lead after they had trailed 6-0 going into the bottom of the second inning. Oregon State came back immediately.

Brian Barden - who is batting .652 (15-for-23) with two homers, five doubles and 14 RBIs in OSU's last five games - started the top of the eighth with his second double of the day, a drive to right-centerfield off Pilot reliever Justin Ballweber. Pinch-hitter Curtis Davis followed with double to right, Barden had to hold up and see if UP rightfielder Kory Casto could make the catch and he only advanced to third.

Josh Carter walked to load the bases, then Chris Biles grounded into a fielder's choice to plate one run and put runners at the corners. OSU then pinch-hit Pietsch, and he doubled over centerfielder Matt Hollod's head to drive in both runs for a 10-9 Beaver lead.

Johnson then retired the Pilots in order in the eighth and ninth innings to improve his record to 6-5, for the day, he struck out two and walked none. The senior righthander followed Ben Rowe, Jed Mitchell and Craig Hays to the mound.

OSU built its early 6-0 lead with the help of four Pilot errors in the first two innings. Carter had a two-run single in OSU's four-run first inning, that gave him 110 runs batted in for his career and moved him into a tie for eighth place with Pete Rowe (1974-77) on OSU's all-time leaders list.

Freshman catcher Paul Richie was 2-for-3 and Biles was 2-for-5 as the Beavers finished with 14 hits, it was the 27th time in 42 games this season OSU has had at least 10 hits. Oregon State is now 13-3 in one-run games this season, and the Beavers reached 10 games over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 1998 season.

OREGON STATE 10, PORTLAND 9

Oregon State	420 000 130 - 10 14 2Portland	011 200 500 -  9 10 6

Rowe, Mitchell (4), Hays (7), Johnson (7) and Richie, Ingram (7). Corra, Ballweber (7), Padgett (8) and Brock. WP-Johnson (6-5). LP-Ballweber (1-2). 2B-Barden 2 (OSU), Davis (OSU), Pietsch (OSU), Hollod (UP). HITS: Oregon State 14 (Stark 1x4, Hudson 1x4, Barden 4x5, Jarvis 1x4, Davis 1x2, Carter 1x5, Biles 2x5, Pietsch 1x1, Richie 2x3), Portland 10 (Lunde 1x3, Hull 2x5, Hanson 1x4, Casto 2x5, Hollod 1x4, Coleman 2x4, B. Stewart 1x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 8 (Stark 1, Barden 1, Carter 2, Biles 1, McBride 1, Pietsch 2), Portland 8 (Hanson 1, Allen 1, Casto 1, Hollod 1, Coleman 2, Stewart 2).

Oregon State 10 (26-16)              Portland 9 (17-25)                  AB  R  H RBI                         AB  R  H RBIStark cf           4  2  1  1        Lunde 2b           3  1  1  0Hudson ss          4  1  1  0        Hull ss            5  1  2  0Barden 3b          5  2  4  1        Hanson 3b          4  0  1  1Jarvis 1b          4  1  1  0        Allen dh           4  2  0  1Davis ph/1b        2  1  1  0        Casto rf           5  1  2  1Carter rf          5  0  1  2        Hollod cf          4  2  1  1Biles lf           5  2  2  1        Hickson lf         0  0  0  0McBride dh         3  0  0  0        Coleman ph/lf      4  1  2  2TenPas pr          0  0  0  0        Chamberlain 1b     0  0  0  0Pietsch ph         1  0  1  2        B.Stewart ph/1b    4  0  1  2Gordon 2b          3  0  0  0        Griffin c          3  1  0  0Richie c           3  1  2  0        Corra p            0  0  0  0Ingram c           1  0  0  0        Ballweber p        0  0  0  0Rowe p             0  0  0  0        Padgett p          0  0  0  0Mitchell p         0  0  0  0Hays p             0  0  0  0Johnson p          0  0  0  0Totals......      40 10 14  7        Totals......      36  9 10  8

Score by innings: R H E----------------------------------------------Oregon State 420 000 130 - 10 14 2Portland 011 200 500 - 9 10 6----------------------------------------------

E - Hudson, Jarvis, Hanson 2, Hickson, Chamberlain 3. DP - Oregon St. 1,Portland 2. LOB - Oregon St. 13, Portland 6. 2B - Barden 2, Davis, Pietsch,Hollod. SH - Stark, Hudson, Gordon, Lunde. SF - Stark. CS - Barden,Griffin.

IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF Fly GndOregon StateRowe 3.2 5 4 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 15 18 1 9Mitchell 2.2 2 3 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 10 12 0 5Hays 0.1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1Johnson W 6-5 2.1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 3 2PortlandCorra 6.1 10 7 3 2 1 0 0 3 1 28 36 10 5Ballweber L 1-2 1.0 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 1 2Padgett 1.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 3 2

WP - Mitchell. HBP - by Corra (Barden), by Corra (McBride), by Corra(Gordon). BK - Rowe.

Strikeouts - Stark, Allen, B.Stewart, Griffin 2. Walks - Hudson, Carter,Richie, Lunde, Hanson, Allen, Hollod, Griffin.

Umpires - Home:Kendall Snyder 1st:Anthony Prater 3rd:Bud SnoichStart: 3:06 pm Time: 3:21 Attendance: 464

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