Baseball Falls To Gonzaga, 8-3

March 3, 2002

CORVALLIS - Gonzaga avoided an Oregon State baseball series sweep by downing the Beavers 8-3 Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Oregon State (8-7) had downed the Bulldogs (6-7) on Friday and Saturday but couldn't pull off the series sweep on Sunday. The Gonzaga victory stopped a four-game Beaver winning streak.

OSU starting pitcher Mark McLemore suffered a tough break in the third inning with the game tied 1-1, he had a line drive off the bat of Kemp Quackenbush go off his pitching hand (left-hander). McLemore stayed in the game for three more batters but he was not sharp after getting hit and he was touched for three runs before relief pitcher Joshua Garcia put out the fire.

The 4-1 lead proved to be all Gonzaga and starting pitcher Errol Simonitsch would need.

'Our club is very disappointed that we came out flat today after winning the first two games of the series,' said OSU Coach Pat Casey. 'We struggled to be productive with our hits in the last three or four games and it came back to haunt us today. We didn't play defense early in the game and that allowed them to get some runs and pick up momentum.

'I didn't think we competed at the plate today,' said Casey.

The Beavers pounded out 11 hits, which was the same as Gonzaga, but never put any big rallies together. Bulldog pitchers Simonitsch and Ed Clelland helped their cause by not walking any OSU hitters.

The Beavers got single runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings. A pair of double by Aaron Fausett and Seth Pietsch plated OSU's first run in the second frame. The Beavers got another tally in the fourth on a single by Brian Barden, a double by Tom Creighton and a sacrifice fly by Pietsch.

Sophomore first baseman Levi Webber led off the seventh inning with his first home run of the season to close out OSU's scoring.

Creighton, Pietsch and Webber had two hits apiece for the Beavers.

Oregon State now travels to Reno, Nevada this coming weekend for a three-game series with Nevada.

Linescore:

Gonzaga 013 001 210 -- 8 11 3OSU 010 100 100 -- 3 11 3

Errol Simonitsch, Ed Clelland (7) and Brian Munhall. Mark McLemore, Joshua Garcia (3), Ty Cline (7) and Paul Richie.

WP-Simonitsch (1-1)

LP-McLemore (0-1)

SAVE-Clelland (1)

Home Run-OSU, Levi Webber (1)

ATT-1,265.

  Gonzaga 8 (6-7)                               Oregon State 3 (8-7)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Eric Rodland 2b............  5  1  1  0       Aaron Mathews rf/cf........  4  0  0  0  Garth Blumberg cf..........  4  0  0  1        Jake Postlewait ph........  1  0  0  0  Kemp Quackenbush rf........  5  1  2  0       Kerisi Reynolds 2b.........  2  0  0  0   Kevin Cave pr/rf..........  0  0  0  0        Chris Biles rf............  2  0  0  0  Nate Gold 1b...............  3  2  1  1        Jason McBride ph..........  1  0  1  0  Kevin Richardson dh........  3  2  1  1       Brian Barden 3b............  5  1  1  0  Brian Munhall c............  4  1  3  1       Aaron Fausett dh...........  4  1  1  0  Jeff Culpepper lf..........  5  0  2  4       Tom Creighton cf/2b........  3  0  2  0  John Gebbers 3b............  5  0  0  0       Seth Pietsch lf............  3  0  2  2  Danny Evans ss.............  4  1  1  0       Levi Webber 1b.............  4  1  2  1  Errol Simonitsch p.........  0  0  0  0       Paul Richie c..............  4  0  1  0   Ed Clelland p.............  0  0  0  0       Will Hudson ss.............  4  0  1  0                                                Mark McLemore p............  0  0  0  0                                                 Joshua Garcia p...........  0  0  0  0                                                 Ty Kline p................  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 38  8 11  8       Totals..................... 37  3 11  3

Score by Innings R H E Gonzaga............. 013 001 210 - 8 11 3 Oregon State........ 010 100 100 - 3 11 3

Note: 2 outs, 1 runner LOB when the game ended.

E - Munhall, Gebbers 2, Reynolds 2, Garcia. DP - Gonzaga 1, Oregon St. 2. LOB - Gonzaga 9, Oregon St. 9. 2B - Rodland, Richardson, Culpepper, Fausett, Creighton, Pietsch. HR - Webber. HBP - Blumberg, Richardson. SH - Creighton. SF - Gold, Pietsch.

Gonzaga IP H R ER BB SO Errol Simonitsch W,1-1.... 6.0 7 3 3 0 1 Ed Clelland S,1........... 3.0 4 0 0 0 3

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Mark McLemore L,0-1....... 2.1 4 4 3 2 3 Joshua Garcia ............. 4.1 5 3 2 1 1 Ty Kline .................. 2.1 2 1 1 0 2

HBP - by McLemore (Richardson), by Garcia (Blumberg). PB - Richie.

Umpires - HP: Kendall Snyder 1B: Dave Perez 3B: Mik Hendrickson Start: 1:02 PM Time: 2:48 Attendance: 1265

Simonitsch faced 2 batters in the 7th.

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