OSU Beats Washington, 5-3, To Avoid Sweep

May 19, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State avoided a series sweep and broke a five-game losing streak Sunday as theBeavers beat the Washington baseball team, 5-3, at Goss Stadium. The Beavers haven'tbeen swept at home by the Huskies since 1979.

Washington (13-8 in the Pac-10, 28-24-1 overall) fell into a second-place tie with Stanfordwith three games remaining the regular season. Oregon State kept its postseason hopesalive, improving to 10-11 in the conference and 31-20 overall.

OSU starter Mark McLemore (3-5) threw a career-high six and two-thirds innings for thewin, allowing three runs on nine hits. Husky senior Zack Daniels (Fircrest/Charles Wright)allowed five runs, only two of which were earned, over six and a third to fall to 2-1.

The Beavers took an early 3-0 lead with three unearned runs in the first. Leadoff hitterAaron Mathews reached on a fielding error by Husky second baseman Greg Isaacson(Aberdeen) and then moved to second on a passed ball. After a sacrifice bunt and agroundout, he scored on a two-out single from Chris McBride. Seth Pietsch followed witha homer to left to give OSU its second and third runs.

Washington cut the OSU lead to 3-2 with a pair of third-inning runs. Isaacson singled,moved to third on a single from Mike Wagner (Woodinville) and then scored on a thirdstraight single from Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty). Wagner came across to score whenKyle Larsen (Redmond/Eastlake) grounded into a double play.

OSU made it 4-2 in the bottom of the third when Mathews singled and eventually scored ona Brian Barden sacrifice fly. Washington didn't score again until the seventh. WithIsaacson and Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) at second and third, Mike Wagner(Woodinville) had a ground ball stopped by a diving Will Hudson, the OSU shortstop.Done scored on the infield single to cut OSU's lead to 4-3, but Hudson's stop keptIsaacson from scoring the tying run.

After the seventh-inning stretch, the Beavers tacked on a fifth run when, with runners atfirst and third and two outs, Husky freshman reliever Will Fenton (Kingston/North Kitsap)balked, allowing J.R. Runyon to score from third base to make it 5-3.

The Huskies close out the regular season next weekend at Husky Balllpark as Arizonacomes to Seattle for a three-game series. Friday's opener is at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday andSunday's games both start at 1:00 p.m. Some or all of the games may be on radio. Thatinformation will be announced later this week.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference BaseballOregon State 5, Washington 3Washington     002 000 100 -- 3 9 1Oregon St.     301 000 10x -- 5 6 0Zack Daniels, Will Fenton (7) and Aaron Hathaway. Mark McLemore, Ty Kline (7) andPaul Richie. W - McLemore (3-4). L - Daniels (2-1). Sv - Kline (2). 2B - UW,Michael Done. HR - OSU, Seth Pietsch (8). T - 2:31. A - 875.
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