Beavers Fall In Baseball Marathon

May 11, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - Oregon State and California stretched a pitchers' duel to 15 innings Saturday afternoon before the Beavers fell 2-1 in Pacific-10 baseball at Evans Diamond. The tense 5-hour, 10-minute game came just a day after the teams had combined for 20 runs in the series-opener.

OSU (30-17 overall, 9-8 Pacific-10) and Cal (28-26, 10-13) complete their series Sunday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

Saturday's game matched Oregon State starter Stephen Copeland and reliever Jared Sanders in a battle with Golden Bear starter Trevor Hutchinson and reliever Jesse Ingram. Cal picked up an unearned run in bottom of the fifth and OSU evened the game in the top of the seventh.

After that, the teams turned away scoring chances for the next seven innings until Justin Nelson's infield single plated the winning run for Cal with none out in the bottom of the 15th. The game was one of the longest in OSU history, but was five innings short of the school-record and Pac-10 record 20-inning contest that saw the Beavers lose to Washington 2-1 in 1972.

Oregon State put the go-ahead run in scoring position in the eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 14th innings; Cal put the winning run in scoring position in the ninth, 10th and 12th innings. OSU left 14 runners on base during the game; Cal stranded 17.

Copeland and Hutchinson both worked into the ninth inning, then it was up to Sanders and Ingram to squirm out of trouble. That's just what they did.

At the plate, OSU was just 2-for-24 with runners on base, 1-for-22 with runners in scoring position (stopping a runner at third base on the one hit) and 1-for-17 with two out; California was 6-for-29 with runners on base, 1-for-18 with runners in scoring position (the only hit being the game-winner), and 1-for-15 with two out.

California nearly ended the game in the bottom of the 12th inning, but OSU first baseman Andy Jarvis and catcher Wick Udy combined to deny the Golden Bears. Cal put runners at first and third with one out and Brian Horwitz tried to squeeze the runner home; Jarvis barehanded his bunt, though, and flipped the ball to Udy in time to tag out Conor Jackson at the plate.

The Beavers had a chance of their own in the top of the 11th when Pat Stevens led off with a walk and stole second with none out. However, Ingram got flyouts from Udy, Will Hudson and Aaron Mathews to retire the side.

Copeland pitched a season-high 8 1/3 innings for OSU, allowing just the unearned run on four hits and four walks while striking out two. Sanders wound up taking the loss to fall to 1-4, but went a season-high 5 2/3 innings and scattered seven hits while walking two and striking out one.

Brian Barden was 3-for-7 with a double for the Beavers and Andy Jarvis was 2-for-5 with a triple. Seth Pietsch extended his hitting streak to eight games with a second-inning single and Mathews pushed his hitting streak to seven games.

CALIFORNIA 2, OREGON STATE 1 (15 INNINGS)

Oregon State	000 000 100 000 000 - 1 10 1California	000 010 000 000 001 - 2 11 1

Copeland, Sanders (9) and Richie, Udy (7). Hutchinson, Ingram (9) and Baker. WP-Ingram (5-2) . LP-Sanders (1-4). 2B-Barden (OSU), C. White (UC), Baker (UC). 3B-Jarvis (OSU).

HITS: Oregon State 10 (Mathews 1x7, Barden 3x7, Jarvis 2x5, Pietsch 1x7, Stevens 1x5, Udy 1x2, Hudson 1x3), California 11 (C. White 1x6, Jackson 2x7, Baker 3x5, Horwitz 1x7, Nelson 2x6, Dragicevich 1x2, Medrano 1x5). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 1 (Mathews 1), California 2 (Baker 1, Nelson 1).

  Oregon State 1 (30-17,9-8 PAC-10)             California 2 (28-26,10-13 PAC-10)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Aaron Mathews cf...........  7  0  1  1       David Nicholson 3b.........  7  0  0  0  Tom Creighton 2b...........  7  0  0  0       Carson White 2b............  6  1  1  0  Brian Barden 3b............  7  0  3  0       Conor Jackson 1b...........  7  0  2  0  Andy Jarvis 1b.............  5  0  2  0       John Baker c...............  5  1  3  1  Seth Pietsch lf............  7  0  1  0       Brian Horwitz rf...........  7  0  1  0  Chris Biles rf.............  7  0  0  0       David Weiner dh............  3  0  0  0  Pat Stevens dh.............  5  1  1  0       Justin Nelson lf...........  6  0  2  1  Paul Richie c..............  2  0  0  0       Jeff Dragicevich ss........  2  0  1  0   Wick Udy ph/c.............  2  0  1  0        Brad Smith pr/cf..........  2  0  0  0  Will Hudson ss.............  3  0  1  0       Nick Medrano cf/ss.........  5  0  1  0  Stephen Copeland p.........  0  0  0  0       Trevor Hutchinson p........  0  0  0  0   Jared Sanders p...........  0  0  0  0        Jesse Ingram p............  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 52  1 10  1       Totals..................... 50  2 11  2

Score by Innings R H E Oregon State........ 000 000 100 000 000 - 1 10 1 California.......... 000 010 000 000 001 - 2 11 1

Note: None out, 3 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - Barden; Nicholson. LOB - Oregon St. 14; California 17. 2B - Barden; C.White; Baker. 3B - Jarvis. HBP - C.White; Weiner. SH - Jarvis 2; Hudson; Baker; Dragicevich; Medrano. SB - Mathews; Stevens 2. CS - Biles; Nelson.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Stephen Copeland .......... 8.1 4 1 0 4 2 Jared Sanders L,1-4....... 5.2 7 1 1 2 1

California IP H R ER BB SO Trevor Hutchinson ......... 8.1 9 1 1 3 4 Jesse Ingram W,5-2........ 6.2 1 0 0 2 5

HB - Copeland 2.

Umpires - HP: Jeff Henrichs 1B: Kevin Daugherty 3B: Mik Hendrickson Start: 1:08 pm Time: 5:10 Attendance: 451

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