Barden, Jarvis Power Beavers

March 16, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Two-run homers by Brian Barden and Andy Jarvis sparked Oregon State's rally from a three-run deficit to a 5-4 win over Washington State in non-league baseball Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Stephen Copeland pitched seven strong innings for OSU (12-7 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10), which has won four straight games and eight of its last nine.

The Beavers and Cougars (10-9, 0-0) conclude their series Sunday at 1 p.m., the start time for that game has been moved back one hour in hopes of better playing conditions. The start of Saturday's game was delayed over an hour by rain and snow, and there were two more delays during the contest.

'It's difficult for guys when you have delays, you start and then stop, you don't know when it's going to rain and you're going to have to pull the tarp,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'But our guys have done a very good job of staying focused the last couple days. I think both teams pitched pretty well in some tough conditions today.'

WSU righthander Brandon Hundt mowed down the Beavers through the first three innings, allowing only Barden's first-inning double and striking out six while the Cougars built a 3-0 lead. But the game was halted by rain in the middle of the third inning, and the Beavers got to Hundt when the game resumed after a 23-minute delay.

'As a team, we decided to get back in there,' Jarvis said. 'I don't think he (Hundt) was pitching any differently than he had in the first couple of innings, it was just that our attitude was different.'

Tom Creighton grounded a single up the middle to start the inning, then Barden launched his fourth homer of the year over the left-centerfield fence to make it 3-2. With one out, Wick Udy walked and then Jarvis drove Hundt's first pitch over the rightfield fence to give the Beavers a 4-3 lead.

It was the first homer of the season for Jarvis, who hit 12 a year ago.

'I've been struggling a little this year - it's good to remember what that feels like,' the junior first baseman said. 'I've been a lot more patient, I've walked more this year than I did all last year and I think that will help me turn it around. I know I can be patient and get the pitch I want, then put a good swing on it.'

After allowing three runs in the first four innings, Copeland settled in to retire 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced. The junior righthander improved his record to 2-0, going a season-high seven innings and allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five.

WSU did tie the game off Copeland in the top of the sixth, though, when Wes Falkenborg lofted a home run to leftfield to make it 4-4. The Beavers responded in the bottom half of the inning against Cougar reliever Lanakila Niles when Chris Biles reached base on an error, Udy was hit by a pitch , Jarvis sacrificed the runners along and Paul Richie delivered a sacrifice fly to rightfield.

Copeland retired the Cougars in the seventh, and then it was up to OSU's bullpen. Jake Postlewait and Don Stykel retired WSU in order in the eighth, then Jared Sanders pitched a perfect ninth to record his fifth save.

'Copeland gave us a good start, Postlewait and Stykel set things up for Sanders, and he was outstanding in the ninth,' Casey said of the quartet that combined on a six-hitter. With the save, Sanders moved into a tie second on OSU's list of single-season leaders with Copeland (2001) and Jim Grove (1982), it also put him in a fourth-place tie on the school's list of career leaders.

Barden was 2-for-4 with the double and two-run homer. He joined OSU's career top 10 list in runs scored, tying Eric Stark (1998-2001) for 10th place with 120. He also took over sole possession of 10th place on the career homers list with his 20th and tied Jon Yonemitsu (1990-93) for seventh on the school's career hits list with 179.

Richie extended his hitting streak to a career-high nine games with a fourth-inning single. Creighton was 2-for-4 for the Beavers.

Even with the delays, the game was completed in three hours, six minutes, that was quicker than nine of OSU's previous 18 games. Without the delays, the actual playing time of 2:07 was OSU's quickest game of the season and the Beavers' fastest since last March 17, when it took 2:07 for Scott Nicholson to toss a four-hitter in shutting out Minnesota 2-0.


Washington State  001 201 000 - 4 6 1Oregon State	  000 401 00x - 5 7 1

Hundt, Niles (5) and Baeder. Copeland, Postlewait (8), Stykel (8), Sanders (9) and Richie. WP-Copeland (2-0). LP-Niles (1-1). SV-Sanders 5. 2B-LaRue (WSU), Creighton (OSU), Barden (OSU), Biles (OSU). HR-Falkenborg (WSU), Barden (OSU), Jarvis (OSU).

HITS: Washington State 6 (Hecker 1x3, Hart 1x4, Falkenborg 1x4, LaRue 1x4, Henderson 1x4, Mortimer 1x3), Oregon State 7 (Creighton 2x4, Barden 2x4, Biles 1x4, Jarvis 1x2, Richie 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington State 4 (Hart 1, Falkenborg 1, Henderson 1, Baeder 1), Oregon State 5 (Barden 2, Jarvis 2, Richie 1).

  Washington State 4 (10-9)                     Oregon State 5 (12-7)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Evan Hecker cf.............  3  0  1  0       Kerisi Reynolds 2b.........  4  0  0  0  Justin Hart lf.............  4  0  1  1        Aaron Mathews cf..........  0  0  0  0  Derek Bruce ss.............  4  0  0  0       Tom Creighton cf/2b........  4  1  2  0  Wes Falkenborg dh..........  4  1  1  1       Brian Barden 3b............  4  1  2  2  Jeffrey LaRue 3b...........  4  1  1  0       Chris Biles rf.............  4  1  1  0  Collin Henderson rf........  4  1  1  1       Wick Udy dh................  2  1  0  0  Steve Mortimer 1b..........  3  0  1  0       Andy Jarvis 1b.............  2  1  1  2  Jon Baeder c...............  2  0  0  1       Paul Richie c..............  3  0  1  1  Brent Robertson 2b.........  2  1  0  0       Zach Woodward lf...........  3  0  0  0  Brandon Hundt p............  0  0  0  0       Will Hudson ss.............  3  0  0  0   Lanakila Niles p..........  0  0  0  0       Stephen Copeland p.........  0  0  0  0                                                 Jake Postlewait p.........  0  0  0  0                                                 Don Stykel p..............  0  0  0  0                                                 Jared Sanders p...........  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 30  4  6  4       Totals..................... 29  5  7  5

Score by Innings R H E Washington State.... 001 201 000 - 4 6 1 Oregon State........ 000 401 00X - 5 7 1

E - LaRue, Biles. LOB - Wash. St. 2, Oregon St. 5. 2B - LaRue, Creighton, Barden, Biles. HR - Falkenborg, Barden, Jarvis. HBP - Robertson, Udy. SH - Jarvis. SF - Baeder, Richie. CS - Mortimer, Creighton.

Washington State IP H R ER BB SO Brandon Hundt ............. 4.0 5 4 4 1 7 Lanakila Niles L,1-1...... 4.0 2 1 0 1 1

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Stephen Copeland W,2-0.... 7.0 6 4 4 1 5 Jake Postlewait ........... 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 Don Stykel ................ 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders S,5......... 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

HB - Niles, Copeland. PB - Baeder.

Strikeouts - Hart, Bruce, LaRue, Robertson 2, Reynolds 3, Creighton, Biles 2, Jarvis, Hudson. Walks - Hecker, Udy, Jarvis.

Umpires - HP: Dave Perez 1B: Tony Prater 3B: Mik Hendrickson Start: 2:17 pm Time: 3:06 Attendance: 215

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