Barden Gets Baseball Hit Record

May 12, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Brian Barden set Oregon State's single-season hit record Saturday afternoon but the Beavers suffered their second straight extra-inning loss, falling to UCLA 7-6 in 11 innings in Pacific-10 baseball at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Barden had his 76th and 77th hits of the season for OSU (29-22, 9-11 Pac-10), breaking the old mark of 75 set by R.A. Neitzel in 1990.

Oregon State and UCLA (29-23, 8-12) conclude their series Sunday at 1 p.m., and the game can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

On Saturday, Barden broke the hit record with a looping single to right field in the first inning and extended it with a run-scoring single through the right side during OSU's three-run third inning. The frame also included run-scoring singles by Chris Biles and Josh Carter as the Beavers took a 3-1 lead against UCLA starter Josh Karp.

The Bruins came back with a run in the fifth, though, and then tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth inning on a solo homer by Matt Pearl off Beaver starter Scott Nicholson.

The Beavers regained the lead in the top of the ninth as Eric Stark led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Bryan Ingram and scored on a wild pitch by reliever Mike Kunes. In the bottom of the inning, Nicholson promptly retired pinch-hitter Casey Janssen on a soft line drive and then got Ben Francisco to pop out, but consecutive two-out singles by Josh Canales, Brian Baron and Matt Pearl tied the game before Josh Arhart popped out to end the inning.

OSU, which had been beaten 5-3 in 10 innings Friday night by a UCLA comeback, rallied in its half of the 10th on Saturday. With one out, Carter reached on an error, was balked to second and advanced to third on Andy Jarvis' flyball double to left.

Pinch-hitter Pat Stevens was intentionally walked to load the bases, then Janssen walked Eric Stark to force in the go-ahead run. Ingram followed with a single through the left side of a drawn-in infield to plate another run for a 6-4 OSU lead, but the Beavers were unable to capitalize further.

Nicholson went out for the bottom of the 10th and got a quick out, then gave up a solo homer to Randall Shelley and a double to Christian Lewis to again put the tying run on base. After Nicholson fanned Janssen, Ben Francisco singled up the middle to drive in the tying run, when Canales followed with another single, that was the end of Nicholson's outing.

Nicholson came up short of a complete game for just the fifth time in 14 starts this season, but worked 9 2/3 innings and allowed six runs (six earned) on 17 hits and one walk while striking out two. Ben Rowe came on and got Adam Berry to pop out to end the inning.

Chris Biles started OSU's half of the 10th with a single, but pinch-hitter Kerisi Reynolds grounded into a double play. Carter then delivered a single to right, but Jarvis grounded out to finish the threat.

Pearl began UCLA's half of the 11th inning with an infield single and was sacrificed to second. After Brandon Averill was intentionally walked, Shelley lined a ball to leftfield that dropped just in front of the feet of the charging Biles' the ball then skipped away from Biles and allowed Pearl to score with the winning run.

It was just OSU's fourth loss in its 15 one-run games this season, and the Beavers' record in extra-inning games dropped to 2-2. The Beavers finished with 12 hits, the 32nd time in 51 games that OSU has had at least 10 hits, Biles was 3-for-5 for the Beavers and Stark was 2-for-3.

In addition to the hits record, Barden also tied OSU's season record for at-bats at 211, he now shares the mark with Neitzel in 1990 and Troy Schader in 1999. Barden's run batted in Saturday gives him 55 for the season, good for sixth place on OSU's all-time list, and his 115 total bases this spring are good for a seventh-place tie.

With his two hits Saturday, Carter climbed to seventh place on OSU's list of season leaders with 72 hits and his 111 total bases this year are good for 10th place on the school's all-time list.

Oregon State 6 (29-22,9-11 Pac-10)   UCLA 7 (29-23,8-12 Pac-10)                  AB  R  H RBI                         AB  R  H RBIIngram c           4  1  1  1        Francisco rf       6  1  3  1Hudson ss          3  1  0  0        Canales 2b/ss      5  1  3  0Barden 3b          6  1  2  1        Baron dh           4  0  2  1Biles lf           5  0  3  1        Berry pr/1b        1  0  0  0Davis dh           5  0  1  0        Pearl cf           6  2  3  2Reynolds ph        1  0  0  0        Arhart c           5  1  1  0Carter rf          6  1  2  1        Averill 3b         5  0  2  0Jarvis 1b          5  1  1  0        Reece 1b           3  0  1  0Gordon 2b          4  0  0  0        Shelley 2b         2  1  2  1Stevens ph         0  0  0  0        Lewis lf           5  1  2  0Copeland 2b        0  0  0  0        Griffin ss         3  0  0  0Stark cf           3  1  2  1        Janssen ph/1b      2  0  0  0Nicholson p        0  0  0  0        Karp p             0  0  0  0Rowe p             0  0  0  0        Kunes p            0  0  0  0                                     Castillo p         0  0  0  0Totals......      42  6 12  5        Totals......      47  7 19  5

Score by innings: R H E------------------------------------------------Oregon State 003 000 001 20 - 6 12 3UCLA 010 010 101 21 - 7 19 2------------------------------------------------

Note: 1 out, 2 runner(s) LOB when the game ended.

E - Biles, Jarvis, Gordon, Canales, Karp. DP - Oregon St. 2, UCLA 2. LOB -Oregon St. 13, UCLA 14. 2B - Jarvis, Stark, Francisco, Arhart, Lewis. HR -Pearl, Shelley. SH - Ingram, Hudson, Canales, Arhart. CS - Stark.

IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF Fly GndOregon StateNicholson 9.2 17 6 6 1 2 0 1 1 0 44 47 16 8Rowe L 1-1 0.2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 1 1UCLAKarp 5.0 7 3 3 2 5 0 0 1 0 21 25 4 5Kunes 4.0 1 1 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 11 15 7 3Castillo 0.1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 1 0Janssen W 2-2 1.2 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 7 9 1 2

WP - Kunes. HBP - by Karp (Ingram), by Nicholson (Reece). BK - Nicholson,Castillo.

Strikeouts - Barden, Davis, Carter, Jarvis, Gordon 2, Stark, Griffin,Janssen. Walks - Hudson 2, Biles, Jarvis, Stevens, Stark 2, Baron, Averill.

Umpires - Home:Jeff Henrichs 1st:Mark Beller 3rd:Kevin GilmoreStart: 1:07 pm Time: 3:40 Attendance: 493

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