Beavers Even Series

May 5, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - Scott Nicholson pitched a seven-hitter and Chris Biles drove in four runs Saturday afternoon as Oregon State beat Washington 9-1 in Pacific-10 baseball at Husky Ballpark. Nicholson blanked the Huskies over the final eight innings as OSU (29-19 overall, 9-8 Pacific-10) won for the 21st time in their last 32 games.

Oregon State and Washington (26-16, 6-11) conclude their series Sunday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

On Saturday, OSU surpassed its overall win total from 2000's 28-27 season and the Beavers matched their number of Pac-10 victories from a year ago with seven games yet to play this spring. With Oregon State making a drive toward the NCAA tournament, Nicholson came up with another big game.

The senior lefthander improved to 10-2 this season as he followed an OSU loss with a victory for the sixth time this season. Nicholson walked one and struck out four as he improved his record against Washington to 4-0 over the last two seasons.

'That's Nicholson with a capital `N',' OSU coach Pat Casey said. 'If he could, he should change his name to Nichol-man. He's a competitor.'

After Nicholson was nicked for a first-inning run on three straight two-out hits in the bottom of the first inning, OSU came back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. The only hit of the inning was Biles' two-out, two-run single to right off Husky righthander Sean White, who had walked one and hit two in the inning.

'After we scored the two runs, he told me `That's all it's going to take, coach,' and just walked past me to the mound,' Casey said.

Nicholson retired 10 in a row from the first through fourth innings as OSU built its lead to 4-1. The Huskies put their leadoff hitter aboard three times in the next four innings but never advanced a runner as far as third base against Nicholson, who had given up at least 11 hits in each of his last three starts.

'The biggest thing today was, the last couple games, when I missed (spots), I missed up,' Nicholson said. 'Today, when I missed, I missed down.'

In a ballpark that has a bit of a reputation as a hitter's park, Nicholson also benefited from a cool, dry day during which the wind blew in briskly from leftfield.

'Sometimes nature helps out a bit,' Nicholson said. 'But I was keeping the ball down, so there wasn't much to worry about anyway.'

Saturday's game was the first in Nicholson's four appearances against Washingon in which he didnt strike out at least eight Huskies.

'They've seen me, and they've made adjustments,' Nicholson said. 'But I kept the ball down and it was moving, and all they could do was pound it into the ground or pound it the other way.'

With the victory, Nicholson moved onto OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders for victories, his 10 this season tie him for sixth place with Cecil Ira (1963), John Sipple (1985), Rod Scheckla (1988), Jeff Post (1990) and Mike Thurman (1994, 10-4). Nicholson's ninth complete game of 2001 moves him into a sixth-place tie on OSU's list, and the 112.0 innings he's thrown this spring are the third-most by a Beaver pitcher in a season.

Saturday's complete game was the 14th of Nicholson's career, moving him into a ninth-place tie on OSU's list of all-time leaders.

Biles' four runs batted in tied his career high. He added a two-run single in OSU's three-run seventh inning and finished 3-for-5 on the day. Bryan Ingram went 3-for-5 with a double, one RBI and three runs scored and Andy Jarvis was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI for OSU. Zach Gordon had a solo homer for OSU in the ninth, the third homer of his career at Husky Ballpark.

The Beavers finished with 13 hits, the 31st time in 48 games this season that OSU has had at least 10 hits. Oregon State had at least one baserunner in every inning.

'I thought we did a good job of keeping the pressure on them and keeping guys on base,' Casey said. 'The guys handled themselves well today after a game in which they didn't play very well Friday night (in an 11-4 loss).'

Brian Barden had a single to give him 74 hits for the season, tying him for second on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders, just one behind R.A. Neitzel's mark of 75 in 1990. Barden has 112 total bases this spring, giving him sole possession of 10th place on OSU's all-time list.

Josh Carter had a single for the Beavers, he now has 247 career total bases, good for sole possession of eighth place on OSU's all-time list.

OREGON STATE 9, WASHINGTON 1

Oregon State	021 101 301 - 9 13 0Washington	100 000 000 - 1  7 0

Nicholson and Ingram. White, Bomar (3), Vanderplow (7), Carter (9), Colburn (9) and Thiel. WP-Nicholson (10-2). LP-White (3-2). 2B-Ingram (OSU), Davis (OSU), Jarvis (OSU), Reynolds (UW), Br. Johnson (US). HR-Gordon (OSU).

HITS: Oregon State 13 (Ingram 3x5, Biles 3x5, Barden 1x3, Davis 1x4, Carter 1x5, Jarvis 2x4, Stark 1x4, Gordon 1x2), Washington 7 (Reynolds 2x4, Garthwaite 1x4, Davidson 1x4, Done 1x4, Br. Johnson 2x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 9 (Ingram 1, Biles 4, Barden 1, Carter 1, Jarvis 1, Gordon 1), Washington 1 (Done 1).

Oregon State 9 (29-19,9-8 Pac-10)    Washington 1 (26-16,6-11 Pac-10)                  AB  R  H RBI                         AB  R  H RBIHudson ss          4  2  0  0        Rittenhouse 2b     4  0  0  0Ingram c           5  3  3  1        Reynolds ss        4  0  2  0Biles lf           5  0  3  4        Garthwaite lf      4  1  1  0McBride ph         1  0  0  0        Davidson rf        4  0  1  0Howard lf          0  0  0  0        Done 3b            4  0  1  1Barden 3b          3  0  1  1        Thiel c            4  0  0  0Davis dh           4  1  1  0        Br.Johnson 1b      3  0  2  0Carter rf          5  0  1  1        Otness dh          2  0  0  0Jarvis 1b          4  0  2  1        Jacobson cf        3  0  0  0Stark cf           4  1  1  0        White p            0  0  0  0Gordon 2b          3  2  1  1        Bomar p            0  0  0  0Nicholson p        0  0  0  0        Vanderplow p       0  0  0  0                                     Carter p           0  0  0  0                                     Colburn p          0  0  0  0Totals......      38  9 13  9        Totals......      32  1  7  1

Score by innings: R H E----------------------------------------------Oregon State 021 101 301 - 9 13 0Washington 100 000 000 - 1 7 0----------------------------------------------

DP - Washington 2. LOB - Oregon St. 12, Washington 7. 2B - Ingram, Davis,Jarvis, Reynolds, Br.Johnson. HR - Gordon. SB - Ingram.

IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF Fly GndOregon StateNicholson W 10-2 8.1 7 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 32 33 11 11WashingtonWhite L 3-2 2.2 5 3 3 2 2 0 0 3 0 13 18 1 5Bomar 3.2 5 4 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 16 19 6 2Vanderplow 1.2 3 2 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 7 8 0 1Carter 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1Colburn 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

WP - Vanderplow. HBP - by White (Barden), by White (Gordon), by White(Ingram). PB - Thiel.

Strikeouts - Hudson, Ingram, Biles, McBride, Barden, Davis, Carter, Stark2, Reynolds, Garthwaite, Done. Walks - Hudson 2, Barden, Davis, Jarvis,Stark, Gordon, Otness.

Umpires - Home:Terry Mann 2nd:Kevin Daugherty 3rd:Dave PerezStart: 1:03 pm Time: 3:19 Attendance: 490Vanderplow faced 1 batter in the 9th.

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