Beavers Get The Jump On Washington State

May 4, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Oregon State scored in each of the first six innings en route to beating Washington State 10-6 in Pacific-10 baseball Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. Andy Jarvis, Seth Pietsch and Chris Biles all homered for the Beavers (29-15 overall, 8-6 Pacific-10), who won for the 10th time in their last 13 games.

OSU, which won 18-1 on Friday, clinched the series win with the victory. The Beavers will try for the sweep when they meet the Cougars (18-26, 4-13) Sunday at 12 noon; the game can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

On Saturday, the Beavers led 10-2 by the seventh inning, and junior righthander Stephen Copeland earned the win for his 7 2/3 innings for work. He allowed WSU just two runs (one earned) on five hits through the first seven innings as he improved his record to 5-2 this season.

'Stephen Copeland was outstanding,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'And our guys played extremely well early in the game to put some pressure on Washington State. Any time you win on the road in the Pac-10, you feel good about it; when you win in Pullman under any circumstances, you feel fortunate.'

The Cougars got back within 10-6 with two out in the eighth against Copeland when a hit, a walk and a hit batter set the stage for Steve Mortimer's grand slam. Ty Kline then fanned Tyson Boston to end the inning. In the ninth, Jon Baeder threatened to start another WSU rally with a leadoff single but Kline induced a grounder from Evan Hecker to start a double play and then Jake Postlewait retired Justin Hart on a groundout to end the game.

As they had in Friday night's series-opener, the Beavers got the jump early on Saturday with a four-run first inning. Jarvis' run-scoring groundout and Pietsch's two-run drive to left into a stiff wind helped OSU take advantage of a Cougar error and two passed balls before WSU ever came to the plate. For Pietsch, it was his second homer in as many days and his sixth of the season; 29 of his 50 hits this spring have gone for extra bases.

And, for the second straight game, it was Aaron Mathews who began the first-inning rally with a hit for Oregon State. He'd been moved into the leadoff spot for the first time Friday night, and the freshman centerfielder has responded by going 6-for-11 with a double, two stolen bases and four runs batted in during the first two games.

'It's where I hit for three years in high school,' Mathews said of the leadoff spot. 'I feel comfortable with it; when I saw my name in the leadoff spot, I was ready for it. I think where I'm most comfortable is in the first or second spot (in the order) - either place, I just want to get on base somehow.'

Mathews has also been busy in centerfield, battling the Palouse winds to make eight catches Friday night and seven more on Saturday.

'It's a challenge,' Mathews said of tracking the windblown balls. 'The ball gets up there and it does some weird things, but the coaches have put us in position to make the plays on them.'

Mathews has also had an excellent vantage point for watching Copeland and Friday night's winning pitcher, Ben Rowe, face the Cougars.

'They're just going right at hitters,' Mathews said. 'It's given them a chance to get ahead in the count, and they've changed speeds and kept them off-balance.'

Jarvis continued his torrid series, going 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBIs; in the first two games at WSU, he is 6-for-10 with three homers and 11 RBIs. His solo homer in the third inning Saturday was his 10th of the season, soaring high above the rightfield wall and well onto the golf course beyond.

OSU catcher Paul Richie, who sat out Friday's game, returned to the lineup with the first three-hit game of his Beaver career as the sophomore went 3-for-5 with a double. Biles was 2-for-4 with his sixth homer of the year and Wick Udy was also 2-for-4 for Oregon State.

OREGON STATE 10, WASHINGTON STATE 6

Oregon State	  411 112 000 - 10 15 2Washington State  002 000 040 -  6  8 2

Copeland, Kline (8), Postlewait (9) and Richie. Hundt, Niles (7) and Reddinger, Baeder (8). WP-Copeland (5-2). LP-Hundt (6-5). 2B-Jarvis (OSU), Richie (OSU), Hart (WSU), LaRue (WSU), Boston (WSU). HR-Biles (OSU), Jarvis (OSU), Pietsch (OSU), Mortimer (WSU).

HITS: Oregon State 15 (Mathews 2x5, Creighton 1x4, Barden 1x5, Biles 2x4, Jarvis 3x5, Pietsch 1x5, Udy 2x4, Richie 3x5), Washington State 8 (Hart 2x4, Gates 1x3, LaRue 2x4, Mortimer 1x4, Boston 1x4, Baeder 1x1). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 9 (Mathews 2, Biles 1, Jarvis 3, Pietsch 2, Udy 1), Washington State 5 (Gates 1, Mortimer 4).

  Oregon State 10 (29-15,8-6 PAC-10)            Washington State 6 (18-26,4-13 PAC-10)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Aaron Mathews cf...........  5  0  2  2       Evan Hecker cf.............  4  1  0  0  Tom Creighton 2b...........  4  2  1  0       Justin Hart lf.............  4  1  2  0  Brian Barden 3b............  5  1  1  0       Bookie Gates 2b............  3  0  1  1  Chris Biles rf.............  4  2  2  1       Jeffrey LaRue 3b...........  4  1  2  0  Andy Jarvis 1b.............  5  2  3  3       Wes Falkenborg dh..........  3  1  0  0  Seth Pietsch lf............  5  1  1  2       Derek Bruce ss.............  3  1  0  0  Wick Udy dh................  4  0  2  1       Steve Mortimer 1b..........  4  1  1  4   Zach Woodward pr..........  0  0  0  0       Tyson Boston rf............  4  0  1  0  Paul Richie c..............  5  2  3  0       Brandon Reddinger c........  2  0  0  0  Will Hudson ss.............  2  0  0  0        Robert Stahlke ph.........  1  0  0  0  Stephen Copeland p.........  0  0  0  0        Jon Baeder c..............  1  0  1  0   Ty Kline p................  0  0  0  0       Brandon Hundt p............  0  0  0  0   Jake Postlewait p.........  0  0  0  0        Lanakila Niles p..........  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 39 10 15  9       Totals..................... 33  6  8  5

Score by Innings R H E Oregon State........ 411 112 000 - 10 15 2 Washington State.... 002 000 040 - 6 8 2

E - Creighton; Copeland; Hart; Mortimer. DP - Oregon St. 1. LOB - Oregon St. 9; Wash. St. 5. 2B - Jarvis; Richie; Hart; LaRue; Boston. HR - Biles; Jarvis; Pietsch; Mortimer. HBP - Creighton; Biles; Bruce. SH - Hudson. SF - Mathews; Udy; Gates. SB - Mathews; Richie.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Stephen Copeland W,5-2.... 7.2 7 6 5 3 1 Ty Kline .................. 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 Jake Postlewait ........... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0

Washington State IP H R ER BB SO Brandon Hundt L,6-5....... 6.0 14 10 10 0 4 Lanakila Niles ............ 3.0 1 0 0 2 2

HB - Copeland; Hundt 2. PB - Reddinger 2.

Umpires - HP: Jeff Hendricks 1B: Larry Randall 3B: Chuck Lyon Start: 1:04 pm Time: 2:49 Attendance: 375

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