Beavers top Washington State 9-1

March 15, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State beat the weather and then beat Washington State 9-1 in non-league baseball Friday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. After the start of the game was delayed just over an hour by rain, the Beavers scored six runs in the first four innings and pitchers Ben Rowe and Mike Ekstrom made the lead stand up for OSU's third straight win.

The Beavers (11-7 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) have won seven of their last eight games. OSU and WSU (10-8, 0-0) continue their series Saturday at 1 p.m., the game can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

On Friday, Rowe and Ekstrom combined on an eight-hitter and WSU's only run came on Collin Henderson's homer in the top of the fifth inning. The Beaver duo walked just one while striking out eight, Rowe improved to 4-1 this season with the win and Ekstrom earned his second save.

'We came out and pitched and played defense,' said OSU head coach Pat Casey. 'When you do that, the rest of the game comes easier. We pitched well, and once again when we went to our bullpen, it took care of things for us. We've got confidence in our bullpen, and that helps our starting pitching.'

Rowe, who had been unable to get out of the sixth inning in his last three starts, was lifted after the sixth inning against the Cougars after allowing one run on five hits and one walk, striking out three. He won for the first time since beating Michigan on Feb. 22.

'I finally made that jump from getting into a fifth inning jam the last couple weeks,' the sophomore righthander said. 'I got over that hump.'

Ekstrom, a freshman righthander, then scattered three hits over the final three innings, not walking a hitter and striking out five. Two of the Cougars' hits off Ekstrom never left the infield.

Meanwhile, the Beavers were collecting 12 hits off WSU righthanders Eddie Bonine and Nick Kenyon. That included sophomore second baseman Kerisi Reynolds' first career homer, a towering two-run shot over the back fence in leftfield in the sixth inning that made it 8-1. Reynolds drove in three runs on the day, giving him a team-high 19 runs batted in this season.

Junior outfielder Chris Biles had a 4-for-4 day, lofting an opposite-field homer to left in the bottom of the seventh for OSU's final run and also driving a double down the rightfield line. He scored a career-high three runs, and the four hits were a season high and matched his career high.

'I made some adjustments with my hands, and I think that helped a lot,' said Biles, whose homer was his third of the year and raised his batting average to .368. 'That's all it was, just a small move of my hands.'

Wick Udy was 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of third-inning runs with a single off the rightfield fence and Tom Creighton was 2-for-5. Paul Richie extended his hitting streak to eight games with a run-scoring triple, it was OSU's 12th triple of the spring after the Beavers hit just 15 in the entire 2001 season.

Brian Barden's single in the third inning gave him sole possession of fifth place on the OSU career total bases list (270) and ninth place on the career hits list (177).

For WSU, Henderson was 2-for-2 and Wes Falkenborg was 2-for-4. Bonine took the loss, falling to 3-3 as he went three-plus innings and allowed six runs (all earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out none.

OREGON STATE 9, WASHINGTON STATE 1

Washington State	000 010 000 - 1 8 0Oregon State	013 202 10x - 9 12 1

Bonine, Kenyon (4) and Baeder, Reddinger (8). Rowe, Ekstrom (7) and Richie. WP-Rowe (4-1). LP-Bonine (3-3). SV-Ekstrom (2). 2B-Biles (OSU), Hudson (OSU). 3B-Richie (OSU). HR-Henderson (WSU), Reynolds (OSU), Biles (OSU).

HITS: Washington State 8 (Gates 1x4, Falkenborg 2x4, Bruce 1x4, Richardson 1x1, Baeder 1x3, Henderson 2x2), Oregon State 12 (Reynolds 1x3, Creighton 2x5, Barden 1x5, Biles 4x4, Udy 2x3, Richie 1x4, Hudson 1x2). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington State 1 (Henderson 1), Oregon State 9 (Reynolds 3, Biles 1, Udy 2, Pietsch 1, Richie 1, Hudson 1).

  Washington State 1 (10-8)                     Oregon State 9 (11-7)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Evan Hecker cf.............  4  0  0  0       Kerisi Reynolds 2b.........  3  1  1  3   Tyson Boston ph...........  1  0  0  0       Tom Creighton cf/lf........  5  0  2  0  Justin Hart lf.............  3  0  0  0       Brian Barden 3b............  5  1  1  0   Robert Stahlke ph/lf......  2  0  0  0       Chris Biles rf.............  4  3  4  1  Bookie Gates 2b............  4  0  1  0       Wick Udy dh................  3  0  2  2  Wes Falkenborg dh..........  4  0  2  0       Seth Pietsch lf............  3  0  0  1  Derek Bruce ss.............  4  0  1  0        Aaron Mathews cf..........  0  0  0  0  Jeffrey LaRue 3b...........  2  0  0  0       Andy Jarvis 1b.............  1  1  0  0   Bruce Jacobsen ph/3b......  1  0  0  0       Paul Richie c..............  4  1  1  1  Steve Mortimer 1b..........  3  0  0  0       Will Hudson ss.............  2  2  1  1   Grant Richardson 1b.......  1  0  1  0       Ben Rowe p.................  0  0  0  0  Jon Baeder c...............  3  0  1  0        Mike Ekstrom p............  0  0  0  0   Brent Robertson ph........  1  0  0  0   Brandon Reddinger c.......  0  0  0  0  Collin Henderson rf........  2  1  2  1   Mike Andrusco ph..........  1  0  0  0  Eddie Bonine p.............  0  0  0  0   Nick Kenyon p.............  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 36  1  8  1       Totals..................... 30  9 12  9

Score by Innings R H E Washington State.... 000 010 000 - 1 8 0 Oregon State........ 013 202 10X - 9 12 1

E - Ekstrom. DP - Wash. St. 2. LOB - Wash. St. 10, Oregon St. 6. 2B - Biles, Hudson. 3B - Richie. HR - Henderson, Reynolds, Biles. HBP - LaRue, Jarvis. SF - Reynolds, Pietsch, Hudson. CS - Creighton.

Washington State IP H R ER BB SO Eddie Bonine L,3-3........ 3.0 7 6 6 2 0 Nick Kenyon ............... 5.0 5 3 3 3 3

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Ben Rowe W,4-1............ 6.0 5 1 1 1 3 Mike Ekstrom S,2.......... 3.0 3 0 0 0 5

WP - Bonine. HB - Bonine, Rowe.

Umpires - HP: Mik Hendrickson 1B: Dave Perez 3B: Tony Prater Start: 3:01 pm Time: 2:55 Attendance: 138

Bonine faced 2 batters in the 4th.

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