Beavers Close Home Season On High Note
May 19, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Seth Pietsch's two-run homer capped Oregon State's three-run first inning and the Beavers went on to beat Washington 5-3 in Pacific-10 baseball Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Mark McLemore and Ty Kline combined to pitch the win as OSU (31-20 overall, 10-11 Pacific-10) won its final home game of the season and kept alive its hopes of advancing to the NCAA Regionals.
Oregon State finishes the regular season at 20th-ranked Arizona State next weekend, with games Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).
OSU will take postseason dreams to the desert after Sunday's win over Washington (28-24-1, 13-8), which allowed the Beavers to match their 31-win total from last season. More importantly, it ended a five-game losing streak and gave Oregon State some momentum heading into next weekend.
'We got over the hump and got past that five-game streak,' Pietsch said. 'We couldn't have lost today or our playoff hopes would have been done. Arizona State is tough on its home field, and there aren't many teams that are going to sweep them anywhere.'
Added McLemore: 'One thing this year is, as a team, we've been relaxed and we try to have fun playing the game. There was some pressure today; we just had to go out, play our game and have things to work out.'
The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Aaron Mathews reached on an error and eventually scored on Jason McBride's two-out single through the right side; that brought Pietsch to the plate. After Husky lefthander Zack Daniels balked McBride to second, Pietsch worked the count full and fouled off a pitch; then he drove the next ball over the leftfield wall for a 3-0 lead.
That made things a bit easier for Mark McLemore, and the hard-throwing lefthander responded with perhaps his best start as a Beaver.
'That may have been the best Mark has pitched all year,' Pietsch said of McLemore, who improved to 3-4 with the victory.
McLemore pitched a career-high 6 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out seven as he allowed three runs on nine hits. After the first inning, he was working with at least a two-run lead each time he went to the mound.
'I didn't have to go out there and be perfect,' McLemore said. 'I could go out there relaxed; if I left a 2(-ball) and 0(-strike) pitch up and it got hit out of the park, we'd still be ahead.'
Washington did cut the gap to 3-2 in the top of the third as Tila Reynolds singled home one run and another scored as OSU turned a double-play. The Beavers immediately rebuilt the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning when Mathews led off with a single, was wild-pitched to second, advanced on a groundout and scored on Brian Barden's sacrifice fly to right.
The Huskies got back within 4-3 on Mike Wagner's two-out infield single in the top of the seventh. That was all for McLemore; with runners at the corners, Kline was called in and Reynolds grounded out on his first pitch.
Kline earned his second save of the season, retiring all seven hitters he faced in 2 1/3 innings with one strikeout. OSU gave him an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh as J.R. Runyon led off with a single, then was balked home by Washington reliever Will Fenton.
The Beavers managed just six hits in the game, but came up with some timely hits and scored four of their runs with two out. 'It had been tough for us to score lately,' Pietsch said. 'But we had some guys come up big today.'
Oregon State honored its six seniors - Tom Creighton, Craig Hays, McBride, Ben McGrew, Pat Stevens and Don Stykel - and their families prior to the game. The crowd of 875 pushed OSU past the 20,000 mark for home attendance this season, with the Beavers averaging approximately 800 fans per home date.
OSU went 18-9 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field in 2002. With two road games called on account of rain or cold weather, the Beavers will play 27 of their 54 regular-season games on their home field this season; the last time Oregon State played at least half its schedule at home was 1967 (18 of 36 games).
OREGON STATE 5, WASHINGTON 3
Washington 002 000 100 - 3 9 1Oregon State 301 000 10x - 5 6 0
Daniels, Fenton (7) and Hathaway. McLemore, Kline (7) and Richie. WP-McLemore (3-4). LP-Daniels (2-1). SV-Kline (2). 2B-Done (UW). HR-Pietsch (OSU).
HITS: Washington 9 (Wagner 2x4, Reynolds 1x4, Larsen 1x4, Davidson 1x4, Done 2x4, Isaacson 2x3), Oregon State 6 (Mathews 1x3, McBride 1x4, Pietsch 1x3, Runyon 1x3, Richie 1x2, Reynolds 1x2). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington 2 (Wagner 1, Reynolds 1), Oregon State 4 (Barden 1, McBride 1, Pietsch 2).
Washington 3 (28-24-1,13-8 PAC-10) Oregon State 5 (31-20,10-11 PAC-10) Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI Mike Wagner lf............. 4 1 2 1 Aaron Mathews cf........... 3 2 1 0 Taylor Johnson rf......... 0 0 0 0 Will Hudson ss............. 3 0 0 0 Tila Reynolds ss........... 4 0 1 1 Brian Barden 3b............ 3 0 0 1 Kyle Larsen 1b............. 4 0 1 0 Jason McBride dh........... 4 1 1 1 Tyler Davidson rf/lf....... 4 0 1 0 Seth Pietsch lf............ 3 1 1 2 Aaron Hathaway c........... 4 0 0 0 Andy Jarvis 1b............. 3 0 0 0 Jay Garthwaite cf.......... 4 0 0 0 J.R. Runyon 2b............. 3 1 1 0 Michael Done 3b............ 4 1 2 0 Paul Richie c.............. 2 0 1 0 John Otness dh............. 4 0 0 0 Kerisi Reynolds rf......... 2 0 1 0 Greg Isaacson 2b........... 3 1 2 0 Pat Stevens ph/rf......... 0 0 0 0 Zack Daniels p............. 0 0 0 0 Mark McLemore p............ 0 0 0 0 Will Fenton p............. 0 0 0 0 Ty Kline p................ 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 35 3 9 2 Totals..................... 26 5 6 4
Score by Innings R H E Washington.......... 002 000 100 - 3 9 1 Oregon State........ 301 000 10X - 5 6 0
E - Isaacson. DP - Washington 1; Oregon St. 1. LOB - Washington 5; Oregon St. 3. 2B - Done. HR - Pietsch. SH - Mathews; Hudson; Richie. SF - Barden.
Washington IP H R ER BB SO Zack Daniels L,2-1........ 6.1 6 5 2 1 3 Will Fenton ............... 1.2 0 0 0 1 2
WP - Daniels; McLemore. BK - Daniels; Fenton. PB - Hathaway.
Umpires - HP: Mark Beller 1B: Mike Gilmore 3B: Kevin Daugherty Start: 1:04 PM Time: 2:32 Attendance: 875