Beavers Wrap Up Casey's 400th, Then Win Another In Baseball

April 14, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State head coach Pat Casey earned his 400th career victory Sunday as the Beavers beat Hawai'i-Hilo 11-9 in the completion of a non-league baseball game suspended Saturday evening. OSU then used a 14-run sixth inning to take a 21-3 win in Sunday's regularly-scheduled game.

The Beavers (22-12 overall, 3-3 Pacific-10) and Vulcans (9-33-1) wrap up their series Monday at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, the pitching of Jared Sanders and Mark McLemore were keys to OSU's wins. Sanders got the Beavers out of big trouble by striking out the side with the tying run at third base as the suspended game resumed, McLemore then struck out eight in his five innings of work to start OSU on its way to its 18th win in its last 24 games.

Casey is now 401-277-5 in a career that started with seven years at George Fox University and is now in its eighth season at Oregon State.

'He's got to be pretty happy about it, but he didn't say a word about it,' McLemore said of the 400th win. Added Casey, 'I didn't even think about that.'

That could have been partly because Casey's thoughts were occupied with just managing to get the win, not necessarily the milestone. When play was suspended due to rain on Saturday, OSU had seen a 9-1 lead shrink to 10-9 and the Vulcans had runners at first and third with no outs in the top of the eighth inning.

On a sunny Sunday, the Beavers turned to Sanders to preserve the lead. He struck out Darren Chu, Daniel Rhodes and Keola Park - the second through fourth hitters in the UHH order - to keep OSU in front.

'It felt kind of like a start, but starting with a couple of guys on base,' said Sanders, who picked up his seventh save of the season, all 17 of the sophomore righthanders appearances have been in relief. Sanders wound up fanning four hitters, the first time this season he had struck out more than one in a game.

'The first guy, I was hoping for a strikeout, then maybe I could get a double play with the next guy. But it just worked out that I got three strikeouts,' Sanders said. He retired all six hitters he faced.

'Sanders was outstanding,' Casey said. 'He did a great job and he set the tone for our approach to the second game. It was big that we won that first game, and then we had a little momentum.'

Stephen Copeland got the win for his six innings of work Saturday, when he allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking none and striking out four. Brian Barden finished the game 4-for-5 for OSU while Seth Pietsch was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, Tom Creighton was 2-for-4 with a double, Chris Biles was 2-for-5 with a double and Will Hudson was 2-for-3.

The win also got McLemore charged up for the second game. He struggled a bit in the first and third innings, but the junior lefthander displayed the composure he's developed this season by settling down and working through the fifth inning.

'I threw two bad pitches today, really,' McLemore said, referring to back-to-back home runs by Chu and Johnny Dudoit in the third inning that gave the Vulcans a 3-1 lead. 'But I've been really working at staying focused after things like that. Whatever's happened has happened, just don't let it happen again and stay in the present.'

After the homers, Nalei Sooto grounded a single up the middle but McLemore then retired the final nine hitters he faced, striking out five of them.

'I just found my rhythm a little,' said McLemore, who allowed six hits and walked one. 'I was fighting myself in the first and second inning, then I was able to work down in the zone. That gave me the opportunity to work into the fifth inning instead of getting pulled in the third or fourth.'

The game was called after seven innings due to a 10-run rule, but most of the contest was far closer than the 21-3 score indicated. OSU took the lead for good at 5-3 with four runs in the bottom of the third, but Hawai'i-Hilo was still within 7-3 until the Beavers posted their 14-run sixth inning.

'It was still a pretty good game until the bottom of the seventh,' Casey said. 'We know what that's like - we were on the other end of one of those at Riverside, where we gave up two touchdowns (in California-Riverside's 14-run eighth inning during a 21-4 OSU loss on Feb. 23).'

Oregon State's highest-scoring inning of the season came on eight hits - including a solo homer by Barden and a grand slam by Creighton - and seven walks. Aaron Mathews had a two-run triple in the inning, with Hudson and Barden adding run-scoring doubles.

The Beavers had three triples during Sunday's play, giving them 22 for the season and setting a new school record with over one-third of the season left to play, the old record of 20 had been set in 1983 and tied in 1997.

Creighton's grand slam gave him the rare feat of driving in six runs in the game on just one hit, he also had a pair of sacrifice flies. Barden was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs while Jake Postlewait, Wick Udy, Jarvis, Mathews and Hudson all had two hits each and Mathews also drove in three runs.

OREGON STATE 11, HAWAI'I-HILO 9 (COMPLETION OF SATURDAY'S SUSPENDED GAME)

Hawai'i-Hilo	010 000 710 -  9 12 0Oregon State	113 040 11x - 11 14 3

Shimabuku, Wolske (4), Zimmerman (8) and Loque, Sooto (6). Copeland, Kline (7), Postlewait (8), Sanders (8) and Udy, McMullen (6), Richie (8). WP-Copeland (4-1). LP-Shimabuku (1-7). SV-Sanders (7). 2B-Oligo (UHH), Park (UHH), McLaughlin (UHH), Nassimbene (UHH), Creighton (OSU), Biles (OSU), Pietsch (OSU). 3B-Pietsch (OSU).

HITS: Hawai'i-Hilo (Oligo 3x5, Park 1x5, Hanohano 1x5, Lockett 2x5, McLaughlin 3x3, Nassimbene 2x4), Oregon State 14 (Creighton 2x4, Mathews 1x3, Biles 2x5, Barden 4x5, Jarvis 1x4, Pietsch 2x3, Hudson 2x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Hawai'i-Hilo 9 (Oligo 1, Park 3, Hanohano 1, Nassimbene 4), Oregon State 10 (Creighton 1, Biles 1, Barden 2, Pietsch 1, Udy 1, McMullen 1, Stevens 1, Hudson 2).

  Hawai'i-Hilo 9 (9-32-1)                       Oregon State 11 (21-12)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Kaliko Oligo cf............  5  1  3  1       Tom Creighton 2b...........  4  1  2  1  Darren Chu rf..............  3  1  0  0       Aaron Mathews cf...........  3  2  1  0  Johnny Dudoit 3b...........  3  0  0  0       Chris Biles rf.............  5  1  2  1   Daniel Rhodes 3b..........  2  0  0  0       Brian Barden 3b............  5  2  4  2  Keola Park dh..............  5  1  1  3       Andy Jarvis 1b.............  4  1  1  0  Ryan Hanohano 1b...........  5  1  1  1       Seth Pietsch lf............  3  3  2  1  Daniel Lockett ss..........  5  1  2  0       Wick Udy c.................  2  0  0  1  Scott McLaughlin lf........  3  0  3  0        Kerisi Reynolds ph........  1  0  0  0   Sean Tamura pr/lf.........  1  1  0  0        Ian McMullen c............  0  0  0  1   Chad Agustin ph...........  1  0  0  0        Paul Richie c.............  0  0  0  0  Jeremy Loque c.............  1  0  0  0       Pat Stevens dh.............  2  0  0  1   Nalei Sooto c.............  2  2  0  0        Aaron Fausett ph/dh.......  1  1  0  0  Doug Nassimbene 2b.........  4  1  2  4       Will Hudson ss.............  3  0  2  2  Robert Shimabuku p.........  0  0  0  0       Stephen Copeland p.........  0  0  0  0   Jeremiah Wolske p.........  0  0  0  0        Ty Kline p................  0  0  0  0   Joel Zimmerman p..........  0  0  0  0        Jake Postlewait p.........  0  0  0  0                                                 Jared Sanders p...........  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 40  9 12  9       Totals..................... 33 11 14 10

Score by Innings R H E Hawai'i-Hilo........ 010 000 710 - 9 12 0 Oregon State........ 113 040 11X - 11 14 3

E - Biles 2, Hudson. LOB - Haw.-Hilo 7, Oregon St. 6. 2B - Oligo, Park, McLaughlin, Nassimbene, Creighton, Biles, Pietsch. 3B - Pietsch. HBP - Loque, Hudson. SH - Chu, Creighton, Mathews. SF - McMullen.

Hawai'i-Hilo IP H R ER BB SO Robert Shimabuku L,1-7.... 3.2 7 5 5 1 0 Jeremiah Wolske ........... 3.1 5 5 5 3 2 Joel Zimmerman ............ 1.0 2 1 1 0 0

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Stephen Copeland W,4-1.... 6.0 8 6 5 0 4 Ty Kline .................. 1.0 3 3 1 1 1 Jake Postlewait ........... 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders S,7......... 2.0 0 0 0 0 4

WP - Shimabuku. HB - Shimabuku, Copeland. PB - Loque 3.

Umpires - HP: Lou Ramirez 1B: Todd Ellis 3B: John Pierce Start: 4:56 PM Time: 2:58 Attendance: 473

Copeland faced 5 batters in the 7th. Kline faced 2 batters in the 8th. Postlewait faced 1 batter in the 8th.

OREGON STATE 21, HAWAI'I-HILO 3 (SUNDAY'S GAME, CALLED DUE TO 10-RUN RULE)

Hawai'i-Hilo	102 00   0 0 -  3  8 0Oregon State	104 02(14) x - 21 16 0

Daugherty, Correa (3), Vernon (6), Suzuki (6) and Sooto. McLemore, Ekstrom (6), Anderson (7) and Udy, McMullen (7). WP-McLemore (2-2). LP-Daugherty (1-2). 2B-Tamura (UHH), Barden 2 (OSU), Udy (OSU), Hudson (OSU). 3B-Jarvis (OSU), Mathews (OSU). HR-Chu (UHH), Dudoit (UHH), Creighton (OSU), Barden (OSU).

HITS: Hawai'I-Hilo 8 (Oligo 1x3, McLaughlin 1x1, Chu 1x4, Dudoit 1x3, Sooto 2x3, Park 1x2, Tamura 1x3), Oregon State 16 (Creighton 1x3, Postlewait 2x4, Barden 3x4, Jarvis 2x4, Udy 2x3, Webber 1x2, Mathews 2x3, Woodward 1x1, Hudson 2x2). RUNS BATTED IN: Hawai'i-Hilo 3 (Chu 1, Dudoit 1, Park 1), Oregon State 18 (Creighton 6, Postlewait 2, Barden 3, Jarvis 2, Udy 1, Mathews 3, Hudson 1).

  Hawai'i-Hilo 3 (9-33-1)                       Oregon State 21 (22-12)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Kaliko Oligo cf............  3  1  1  0       Tom Creighton 2b...........  3  1  1  6   Scott McLaughlin ph.......  1  0  1  0       Jake Postlewait dh.........  4  2  2  2  Darren Chu rf..............  4  1  1  1        Kerisi Reynolds ph........  0  0  0  0  Johnny Dudoit 3b...........  3  1  1  1       Chris Biles rf.............  3  2  0  0  Nalei Sooto c..............  3  0  2  0        Ben McGrew ph/rf..........  1  0  0  0  Keola Park 1b..............  2  0  1  1       Brian Barden 3b............  4  2  3  3  Chad Agustin dh............  2  0  0  0        J.R. Runyon 3b............  0  0  0  0  Sean Tamura lf.............  3  0  1  0       Andy Jarvis 1b.............  4  3  2  2  Doug Nassimbene 2b.........  3  0  0  0        Jason McBride 1b..........  0  0  0  0  Daniel Rhodes ss...........  2  0  0  0       Seth Pietsch lf............  2  2  0  0   Ryan Hanohano ph..........  1  0  0  0        Kane TenPas ph/lf.........  0  1  0  0  Clay Daugherty p...........  0  0  0  0       Wick Udy c.................  3  1  2  1   Kelii Correa p............  0  0  0  0        Levi Webber ph............  2  1  1  0   Blaine Vernon p...........  0  0  0  0        Ian McMullen c............  0  0  0  0   Shaun Suzuki p............  0  0  0  0       Aaron Mathews cf...........  3  2  2  3                                                 Zach Woodward ph/cf.......  1  1  1  0                                                Will Hudson ss.............  2  3  2  1                                                Mark McLemore p............  0  0  0  0                                                 Mike Ekstrom p............  0  0  0  0                                                 Kenny Anderson p..........  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 27  3  8  3       Totals..................... 32 21 16 18

Score by Innings R H E Hawai'i-Hilo........ 102 000 0 - 3 8 0 Oregon State........ 104 02(14) X - 21 16 0

DP - Oregon St. 1. LOB - Haw.-Hilo 5, Oregon St. 9. 2B - Tamura, Barden 2, Udy, Hudson. 3B - Jarvis, Mathews. HR - Chu, Dudoit, Creighton, Barden. HBP - Postlewait, Hudson. SH - Park. SF - Creighton 2. SB - Mathews, Hudson.

Hawai'i-Hilo IP H R ER BB SO Clay Daugherty L,1-2...... 2.1 6 5 5 3 0 Kelii Correa .............. 2.2 4 6 6 4 0 Blaine Vernon ............. 0.1 4 6 6 2 0 Shaun Suzuki .............. 0.2 2 4 4 3 0

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Mark McLemore W,2-2....... 5.0 6 3 3 1 8 Mike Ekstrom .............. 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 Kenny Anderson ............ 1.0 1 0 0 0 0

WP - Correa, Vernon, Suzuki. HB - Daugherty 2. PB - Sooto 2.

Umpires - HP: Todd Ellis 1B: John Pierce 3B: Lou Ramirez Start: 1:59 PM Time: 2:23 Attendance: 574

Correa faced 4 batters in the 6th.

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