Beavers Topple No. 4 Stanford, 4-3

April 27, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Seth Pietsch homered and doubled to drive in two runs, then Oregon State scored the game-winner on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Beavers beat fourth-ranked Stanford 4-3 in Pacific-10 baseball Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Jared Sanders got the final out for OSU (27-14 overall, 6-5 Pacific-10) with the tying run on base, earning his ninth save of the season to set a school record in front of 1,838.

A day after beating Stanford 3-1 in the first home night game in school history, the Beavers assured themselves of the series win over the Cardinal (28-12, 5-6). The teams wrap up their weekend Sunday at 1 p.m.; the game can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

The crowd was the largest at the OSU ballpark since Goss Stadium was built around Coleman Field prior to the 1999 season, and it roared when Sanders got Tobin Swope to flail at a full-count pitch near the inside corner for a game-ending strikeout.

'The crowd was awesome, and it really helped us,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'It was a great atmosphere ... when this stadium was built, that was the hope - to fill it and play some big-time series here.'

The win was Oregon State's third straight and its 12th in its last 16 games. One of the losses in that time, though, came when the Beavers lost a three-run lead in the eighth inning against UCLA last Sunday.

'This team was as down as it could get after that UCLA game,' Casey said. 'To come back like it has after that game shows a lot about the guys on our ballclub.'

One of them is Sanders, who took that loss against the Bruins. He found himself right back in a tough situation Saturday, brought in to face the top of the Cardinal order with two out and the tying run at first base in the ninth inning.

'I just had to go back out and do what I usually do,' Sanders said. 'All I was feeling was excitement.'

As Sanders worked to a full count against Swope, Andy Topham stole second base to move within a base hit of tying the game. Swope fouled off one full-count pitch, then took a cut at the next pitch and missed.

'It was close, but I couldn't tell,' Sanders said of whether the pitch would have been a called strike. 'It was just the first batter I'd faced, so I didn't really know what (the umpire's) strike zone was.

'This put me back up where I need to be - I needed this big-time as a confidence-builder.'Added Casey: 'Jared went out there with a lot of confidence, and that 3-2 pitch was outstanding - it had good velocity and good movement.'

Freshman Mike Ekstrom had put Sanders in position for the one-hitter save, entering the game to start the ninth and retiring Jason Cooper and Danny Putnam before giving up Topham's single to center.

OSU had taken the lead with a run in the top of the ninth after Aaron Mathews walked and Brian Barden singled with one out. Pinch-hitter J.R. Runyon struck out, but the third strike bounced past catcher Ryan Garko and the runners moved up a base; when Garko's throw trying to get Barden glanced past second baseman Chris O'Riordan and into short centerfield, Mathews scrambled home for the winning run.

The Beavers were outhit 7-6 by the Cardinal, but Pietsch continued his season-long extra-base barrage to keep OSU in the game. The sophomore leftfielder tied the game at 2-2 with two out in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to center; then doubled down the leftfield line to drive in a run and give OSU a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

The homer - Pietsch's fourth of the year - seemed to rejuvenate the Beavers after they'd seen a 1-0 lead turn to a 2-1 deficit as the Cardinal nicked OSU starter Stephen Copeland for single runs in the third and fourth innings. Stanford lefty Tim Cunningham had picked up steam, retiring the last 10 hitters, until Pietsch drove a full-count fastball into the trees beyond centerfield.

'I knew he'd throw me a fastball on 3-2, and I didn't try to do too much with it,' said Pietsch, who has 16 doubles, six triples and four homers among his 47 hits this season. 'I made pretty good contact, and it just happened to leave the house.'

Barden was 3-for-4 for the Beavers and drove in the game's first run in the bottom of the first inning. Ty Kline earned the win in relief, getting the final out in the top of the eighth inning after the Cardinal used two singles, a sacrifice bunt and an sacrifice fly to get the tying run against Copeland.

OREGON STATE 4, NO. 4 STANFORD 3

Stanford	001 100 010 - 3 7 2Oregon State	100 101 01x - 4 6 0

Cunningham, Rich (8) and Garko. Copeland, Kline (8), Ekstrom (9), Sanders (9) and Richie. WP-Kline (5-0). LP-Rich (1-1). SV-Sanders (9). 2B-Topham (SU), Pietsch (OSU). HR-Pietsch (OSU).

HITS: Stanford 7 (Swope 1x4, Fuld 2x4, Garko 1x2, Quentin 1x3, Topham 2x4), Oregon State 6 (Creighton 1x4, Barden 3x4, Pietsch 2x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Stanford 3 (Fuld 1, Garko 1, Putnam 1), Oregon State 3 (Barden 1, Pietsch 2).

  Stanford 3 (28-12,5-6 PAC-10)                 Oregon State 4 (27-14,6-5 PAC-10)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Tobin Swope 3b.............  4  1  1  0       Tom Creighton 2b...........  4  1  1  0  Sam Fuld cf................  4  0  2  1       Aaron Mathews cf...........  2  1  0  0  Chris O'Riordan 2b.........  3  0  0  0       Brian Barden 3b............  4  1  3  1  Ryan Garko c...............  2  1  1  1       Jason McBride dh...........  3  0  0  0  Carlos Quentin rf..........  3  0  1  0        J.R. Runyon ph............  1  0  0  0  Brian Hall 1b..............  2  0  0  0       Seth Pietsch lf............  3  1  2  2   Chris Carter ph...........  1  0  0  0       Aaron Fausett rf...........  3  0  0  0   Arik VanZandt 1b..........  0  0  0  0        Jake Postlewait rf........  0  0  0  0  Jason Cooper dh............  2  0  0  0       Andy Jarvis 1b.............  3  0  0  0  Danny Putnam lf............  3  0  0  1       Paul Richie c..............  3  0  0  0  Andy Topham ss.............  4  1  2  0       Will Hudson ss.............  3  0  0  0  Tim Cunningham p...........  0  0  0  0       Stephen Copeland p.........  0  0  0  0   Dan Rich p................  0  0  0  0        Ty Kline p................  0  0  0  0                                                 Mike Ekstrom p............  0  0  0  0                                                 Jared Sanders p...........  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 28  3  7  3       Totals..................... 29  4  6  3

Score by Innings R H E Stanford............ 001 100 010 - 3 7 2 Oregon State........ 100 101 01X - 4 6 0

E - Garko 2. DP - Oregon St. 2. LOB - Stanford 7; Oregon St. 5. 2B - Topham; Pietsch. HR - Pietsch. HBP - Cooper. SH - O'Riordan; Hall; Mathews. SF - Garko, Putnam. SB - Topham; Barden.

Stanford IP H R ER BB SO Tim Cunningham ............ 7.0 5 3 2 1 7 Dan Rich L,1-1............ 1.0 1 1 0 2 1

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Stephen Copeland .......... 7.2 6 3 3 4 2 Ty Kline W,5-0............ 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 Mike Ekstrom .............. 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders S,9......... 0.1 0 0 0 0 1

WP - Cunningham; Rich. HBP - by Copeland (Cooper).

Umpires - HP: Dave Perez 1B: Dick Flaherty 3B: Dwayne Finley Start: 4:02 PM Time: 2:49 Attendance: 1838

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