Beavers Complete Sweep Of Washington State

March 17, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Seth Pietsch's single down the leftfield line in the 10th inning drove in the winning run as Oregon State beat Washington State 6-5 in non-league baseball Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers (13-7 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10), who came from behind three times in earning the victory, have won five straight games and nine of their last 10.

OSU continues its homestand next weekend with a three-game non-league series against Cal State-Northridge. Games are set for Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., all three games can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

In the series finale against WSU (10-10, 0-0), Oregon State pitcher Mark McLemore turned in the best performance of his career. The junior lefthander didn't receive the win, but went a career-high six innings and allowed just two runs (none earned) on two hits and no walks while striking out six.

'I thought Mark turned the corner today and showed us what kind of pitcher he can be and what kind of pitcher he will be,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Today, he was outstanding. The biggest thing was the inning that could have been a disaster for us, but he struck a couple of guys out and minimized the damage.'

That was the top of the fifth inning, when the Beavers committed three errors, two of those errors and a hit batter loaded the bases with none out. That's the sort of stretch that, in the past, had turned McLemore from dominating to struggling in the space of just a few hitters in the middle innings.

This time, though, McLemore responded with back-to-back strikeouts. Then, after another error allowed the tying run to score, McLemore again gathered himself and recorded the third out.

'I don't have a recipe for why I was able to do that,' McLemore said. 'I was able to stay relaxed and calm, and to remember that one pitch could get me out of the inning, that one pitch could be a double-play ball. I was able to focus on that.'

A visit from pitching coach Gary Henderson also helped. After the first strikeout, the Cougars were back to the top of the order with several righthanded hitters due up and activity in the Beaver bullpen, Henderson made a brief trip to the mound and McLemore remained in the game.

'He just came out to tell me that with the errors, I'd gotten five outs in the inning,' McLemore said. 'He just said he wanted to give me a 20-second break to slow myself down ... I just took a breath to calm down, and stayed within myself.'

After McLemore left following the sixth inning, the Cougars scored a pair of two-out runs in the seventh for a 4-2 lead. But OSU came back in the bottom of the seventh as junior second baseman J.R. Runyon drove his first career homer over the leftfield fence, a two-run shot that made it 4-4.

Washington State went back up 5-4 on Jon Baeder's two-out, run-scoring single in the top of the eighth and the Cougars held that lead going into the bottom of the ninth. With one out, WSU righthander Billy Gorrell issued back-to-back walks to Seth Pietsch and pinch-hitter Kerisi Reynolds, then Brian Barden grounded a single up the middle to drive in the tying run.

Jared Sanders retired the Cougars in a scoreless top of the 10th inning. Chris Biles started the Beaver 10th with a single to left, and with one out Paul Richie extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 games with another single that sent Biles to third.

WSU intentionally walked Will Hudson to load the bases and set up a potential double play, then replaced Gorrell with Bryce Chamberlin. Pietsch watched one strike from the righthander, then drove the next pitch down the leftfield line for the game-winning hit.

Pietsch was 2-for-4 with a double - his 12th of the season - and his final hit likely would have gone for two bases as well if its game-ending status hadn't limited it to a single. Runyon was also 2-for-4 and Levi Webber homered for the Beavers, a two-run blow to left-centerfield in the fourth inning that put Oregon State up 2-1 at that point.

'We stayed with it pretty well today,' Casey said. 'We had a couple of guys who could have done a better job in some situations early in the game that came up in the late innings and really responded.'

Sanders earned the win to even his record at 1-1, he had a win and a save in the series for OSU. In his two scoreless innings Sunday, he allowed two hits and one walk (intentional) while striking out one.

A St. Patrick's Day win has become something of an annual present for Casey, who celebrated his birthday Sunday. It was OSU's fourth March 17 win in the last four years, last season, the Beavers swept a doubleheader from Minnesota 2-0 and 8-4 while in 1999, OSU beat Portland 8-7.

OREGON STATE 6, WASHINGTON STATE 5 (10 INNINGS)

Washington State	001 010 210 0 - 5 10 2Oregon State		000 200 201 1 - 6 10 6

Alwert, Gorrell (5), Chamberlin (10) and Baeder. McLemore, Kline (7), Postlewait (7), Stykel (7), Ekstrom (8), Sanders (9) and Richie.

HITS: Washington State 10 (Andrusco 1x4, Henderson 2x5, Bruce 1x5, LaRue 2x5, Baeder 1x4, Richardson 1x1, Mortimer 1x2, Stahlke 1x2), Oregon State 10 (Pietsch 2x4, Runyon 2x4, Barden 1x5, Biles 1x5, Webber 1x1, Jarvis 1x3, Richie 1x5, Hudson 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington State 4 (Andrusco 2, Henderson 1, Baeder 1), Oregon State 6 (Pietsch 1, Runyon 2, Barden 1, Webber 2).

  Washington State 5 (10-10)                    Oregon State 6 (13-7)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Mike Andrusco cf...........  4  1  1  2       Seth Pietsch lf............  4  2  2  1  Collin Henderson lf/rf.....  5  0  2  1       J.R. Runyon 2b.............  4  1  2  2  Derek Bruce ss.............  5  0  1  0        Aaron Mathews cf..........  0  0  0  0  Wes Falkenborg dh..........  5  0  0  0        Kerisi Reynolds ph/2b.....  0  0  0  0  Jeffrey LaRue 3b...........  5  1  2  0       Brian Barden 3b............  5  0  1  1  Tyson Boston rf............  3  1  0  0       Jason McBride dh...........  2  0  0  0   Evan Hecker ph/lf.........  1  0  0  0        Wick Udy ph/dh............  2  0  0  0  Jon Baeder c...............  4  0  1  1       Tom Creighton cf/2b........  4  1  0  0  Grant Richardson 1b........  1  1  1  0       Chris Biles rf.............  5  1  1  0   Steve Mortimer ph/1b......  2  1  1  0       Levi Webber 1b.............  1  1  1  2  Brent Robertson 2b.........  1  0  0  0        Andy Jarvis 1b............  3  0  1  0   Justin Hart 2b/ph.........  0  0  0  0       Paul Richie c..............  5  0  1  0   Robert Stahlke ph/2b......  2  0  1  0       Will Hudson ss.............  3  0  1  0  Garrett Alwert p...........  0  0  0  0       Mark McLemore p............  0  0  0  0   Billy Gorrell p...........  0  0  0  0        Ty Kline p................  0  0  0  0   Bryce Chamberlin p........  0  0  0  0        Jake Postlewait p.........  0  0  0  0                                                 Don Stykel p..............  0  0  0  0                                                 Mike Ekstrom p............  0  0  0  0                                                 Jared Sanders p...........  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 38  5 10  4       Totals..................... 38  6 10  6

Score by Innings R H E Washington State.... 001 010 210 0 - 5 10 2 Oregon State........ 000 200 201 1 - 6 10 6

Note: 1 out, 3 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - Bruce, Mortimer, Pietsch, Runyon, Creighton, Hudson, McLemore 2. DP - Wash. St. 1. LOB - Wash. St. 8, Oregon St. 12. 2B - Andrusco, LaRue, Stahlke, Pietsch. HR - Runyon, Webber. HBP - Richardson. SH - Baeder, Robertson. SF - Andrusco. CS - Henderson, Robertson.

Washington State IP H R ER BB SO Garrett Alwert ............ 4.1 3 2 2 4 2 Billy Gorrell L,0-2....... 5.0 6 4 4 4 2 Bryce Chamberlin .......... 0.0 1 0 0 0 0

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Mark McLemore ............. 6.0 2 2 0 0 6 Ty Kline .................. 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 Jake Postlewait ........... 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 Don Stykel ................ 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 Mike Ekstrom .............. 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders W,1-1....... 2.0 2 0 0 1 1

HB - McLemore.

Umpires - HP: Tony Prater 1B: Mik Hendricksen 3B: Dave Perez Start: 1:54 PM Time: 3:17 Attendance: 251

Ekstrom faced 1 batter in the 9th.

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