Another Day, Another Big Ninth Inning

March 9, 2002

RENO, Nev. - Oregon State scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Nevada 11-8 in non-league baseball Saturday afternoon at Peccole Park. It was the second straight ninth-inning rally for OSU (10-7 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10), which had scored three runs in the ninth inning Friday en route to a 7-5, 10-inning win over the Wolfpack (8-10, 0-0 Western Athletic).

The Beavers, who have won six of their last seven games, will try for the series sweep in the finale Sunday at 12 noon. The game can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

On Saturday, Oregon State used a pair of walks, six hits, a wild pitch and a crucial error to come back from an 8-4 deficit in the ninth inning. Until then, the Beavers had managed just four hits against Nevada righthanders Mateo Miramontes and David Woods.

'It's a perfect example of why you play nine innings, and why you never quit,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'It's the oldest clich� there is, but ...'

The Beavers drew hope when Woods walked Andy Jarvis and pinch-hitter J.R. Runyon to open the ninth inning. Then, with one out, Tom Creighton and Brian Barden delivered run-scoring singles to make it 8-6 and put the tying runs on base.

That was all for Moran, and the Wolfpack brought in Justin Sherman to face Beaver cleanup hitter Chris Biles. Biles came within a foot or so of giving the Beavers the lead, lifting a double off the top of the leftfield wall to drive in one run and leave runners at second and third.

That left it up to Jason McBride, the designated hitter who was 0-for-4 at that point and had struck out looking twice.

'It was a tough day - I was struggling,' McBride said. 'The first guy they threw (Miramontes) was tough on me.'

McBride watched a fastball on the outside corner, and had an idea what was coming next.

'Their strategy the whole game was to come in on me,' McBride said. 'I had to make an adjustment, and not let them come in on me, it took nine innings, but it worked out.'

McBride got the inside pitch he was looking for, then drove it into left-centerfield for a two-run single that put the Beavers in front 9-8. He was using the same bat he'd turned to in the ninth inning of Friday's game, when something broke loose inside the bat he'd been using, McBride had run to OSU's dugout and come back with his older model, then delivered a double in the Beavers' three-run ninth.

'It's a good one,' McBride laughed. 'We showed a lot of heart to come back in the ninth inning both days, and that was nice ... everybody did the job and we won - it was great.'

OSU added two more runs in Saturday's ninth inning when Sherman fielded a grounder and caught pinch-runner Aaron Fausett between third and home, his throw to third base was wild, though, and Fausett and pinch-runner Zach Woodward both scored on the play to make it 11-9.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Jared Sanders came on and retired the Wolfpack in order for his fourth save of the season and his second in as many days. Craig Hays earned the win for recording the final two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Beaver bullpen again held the score close enough for late-inning heroics to pay off despite OSU committing four errors.

'We didn't help our pitchers at all, and they kept us in the game,' Casey said.

The temperature rose into the 50s on Saturday, about 10 degrees warmer than it had been for Friday's game, but snow was still piled 12 to 18 inches high around the base of the outfield fence. That set the stage for a bizarre play in the bottom of the fifth.

Nevada's Chris Dickerson lofted a fly to the wall in centerfield, where ice still covered a good portion of the warning track, and OSU centerfielder Creighton got himself under the ball but couldn't make the catch. The ball plopped into the snow and, after a quick look around without discovering the ball, Creighton put his arms up to signal it had gone out of play.

Dickerson rounded the bases, but third base umpire Dave Fry ran out to centerfield to assess the situation. Finding that the ball had plugged in the snow, Fry conferred with his fellow umpires and they ruled that Dickerson must return to second base, and Creighton was charged with a two-base error.

OREGON STATE 11, NEVADA 8

Oregon State	003 100 007 - 11 10 4Nevada		300 103 100 -  8 14 3

Copeland, Postlewait (6), Kline (7), Hays (8), Sanders (9) and Udy, Richie (9). Miramontes, Woods (8), Moran (9), Sherman (9) and Markel.

HITS: Oregon State 10 (Reynolds 1x5, Creighton 2x5, Barden 1x4, Biles 2x5, McBride 1x5, Udy 2x3, Jarvis 1x3), Nevada 14 (Dickerson 1x5, Hass 1x3, Gillies 1x5, McIntyre 1x5, Cappuccilli 3x5, Tolotti 3x4, Markel 1x4, Maguire 2x4, Madrid 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 8 (Creighton 1, Barden 2, Biles 1, McBride 2, Udy 2), Nevada 7 (McIntyre 1, Cappuccilli 3, Markel 1, Maguire 1, Madrid 1).

  Oregon State 11 (10-7)                        Nevada 8 (8-10)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Kerisi Reynolds 2b.........  5  0  1  0       Chris Dickerson cf.........  5  1  1  0  Tom Creighton cf/lf........  5  2  2  1        Jacob Butler lf...........  0  0  0  0  Brian Barden 3b............  4  2  1  2       Mike Hass lf...............  3  0  1  0  Chris Biles rf.............  5  1  2  1        Erick Streelman ph........  1  0  0  0  Jason McBride dh...........  5  0  1  2        Josh Laidlaw rf...........  0  0  0  0   Aaron Fausett pr..........  0  1  0  0       Mike Gillies 3b............  5  1  1  0  Wick Udy c.................  3  0  2  2       JaRell McIntyre 1b.........  5  1  1  1   Zach Woodward pr..........  0  1  0  0       Tony Cappuccilli dh........  5  2  3  3   Paul Richie c.............  0  0  0  0       Jeff Tolotti rf/cf.........  4  2  3  0  Seth Pietsch lf............  3  0  0  0       Craig Markel c.............  4  1  1  1   Aaron Mathews cf..........  1  0  0  0       Matt Maguire ss............  4  0  2  1  Andy Jarvis 1b.............  3  2  1  0       Taylor Pullins 2b..........  1  0  0  0  Will Hudson ss.............  2  1  0  0        Carlos Madrid 2b..........  3  0  1  1   J.R. Runyon ph/ss.........  1  1  0  0       Mateo Miramontes p.........  0  0  0  0  Stephen Copeland p.........  0  0  0  0        David Woods p.............  0  0  0  0   Jake Postlewait p.........  0  0  0  0        George Moran p............  0  0  0  0   Ty Kline p................  0  0  0  0        Justin Sherman p..........  0  0  0  0   Craig Hays p..............  0  0  0  0   Jared Sanders p...........  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 37 11 10  8       Totals..................... 40  8 14  7

Score by Innings R H E Oregon State........ 003 100 007 - 11 10 4 Nevada.............. 300 103 100 - 8 14 3

E - Reynolds, Creighton, Biles 2, Gillies, Madrid, Sherman. DP - Oregon St. 2. LOB - Oregon St. 7, Nevada 6. 2B - Biles, Jarvis, Tolotti, Maguire, Madrid. HR - Cappuccilli. SH - Pietsch. CS - Creighton.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Stephen Copeland .......... 5.2 10 7 6 0 2 Jake Postlewait ........... 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 Ty Kline .................. 0.2 3 0 0 0 1 Craig Hays W,1-0.......... 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 Jared Sanders S,4......... 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

Nevada IP H R ER BB SO Mateo Miramontes .......... 7.0 4 4 1 5 9 David Woods ............... 1.0 0 2 2 2 1 George Moran .............. 0.1 2 2 2 0 1 Justin Sherman L,3-2...... 0.2 4 3 2 0 1

WP - Copeland, Miramontes, Moran. BK - Hays. PB - Markel.

Umpires - HP: John Aiello 1B: Brian Wilkerson 3B: Dave Fry Start: 1:00 pm Time: 3:37 Attendance: 1039 Woods faced 2 batters in the 9th.

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