Ninth Inning Costs Beavers

May 25, 2002

MESA, Ariz. - Oregon State surrendered three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and lost to No. 17 Arizona State 9-8 in Pacific-10 baseball Saturday night at HoHoKam Park. OSU had rallied from four runs down in the second inning to eventually take a two-run lead in the eighth.

The Beavers (31-22 overall, 10-13 Pacific-10) wrap up their season at Arizona State (34-19, 14-9) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

On Saturday, Oregon State's Aaron Mathews did extend his hitting streak to 12 games - the second time this season the freshman outfielder has had a 12-game hitting streak. The Beavers also got home runs from Tom Creighton and Andy Jarvis, but it went for naught after the ASU rally.

The Sun Devils scored three times in the ninth on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and an error. After giving up the tying runs with one out, OSU picked up the second out and had a chance to get out of the inning; however, Jeff Larish's grounder to third was bobbled by Beaver third baseman Brian Barden and Sergio Garcia scored the winning run on the play.

The loss went to Jared Sanders, who entered the game after reliever Jake Postlewait started the ninth inning and induced a grounder from Rod Allen; OSU first baseman Jarvis couldn't field it cleanly and it was ruled a hit. Postlewait worked three innings, allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out two.

Beaver starter Stephen Copeland also had a strong performance, allowing just three earned runs in five innings of work. However, OSU errors also allowed three unearned runs in ASU's five-run second inning as the Sun Devils took a 5-1 lead.

Oregon State chipped away, getting a solo homer by Udy in the third inning, then a solo homer by Jarvis and a run-scoring single by Chris Biles in the fourth to make it 5-4. After ASU pushed the lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth, OSU tied the game at 6-6 on Brian Barden's two-run single in the top of the fifth.

The Beavers took the lead in the top of the seventh when Barden singled and then scored on Seth Pietsch's run-scoring single to right. They increased it to 8-6 in the top of the eighth when Ian McMullen led off with a triple to right-center - the reserve catcher's first career hit - and scored on a wild pitch; however, the Beavers couldn't increase their advantage further as they left the bases loaded to end the inning.

Jarvis' homer was the 28th of his career, tying him for third place on OSU's all-time list of career leaders with Bob McNair (1978-80) and Jim Wilson (1980-82). It was also his 11th of the season, tying him for ninth place on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders.

NO. 17 ARIZONA STATE 9, OREGON STATE 8

Oregon State	011 220 110 - 8 14 3Arizona State	050 100 003 - 9 14 3

Copeland, Postlewait (6), Sanders (9) and Richie, McMullen (6). McClellan, Jackson (5), Sopko (5), Klusman (6), Kartler (8) and Castillo. WP-Kartler (4-4). LP-Sanders (1-5). 2B-Pietsch (OSU), Larish (ASU), Cadena (ASU). 3B-McMullen (OSU). HR-Creighton (OSU), Jarvis (OSU).

HITS: Oregon State 14 (Mathews 2x5, Creighton 1x4, Barden 2x5, Jarvis 1x5, Pietsch 3x5, Biles 3x5, McMullen 1x1, Hudson 1x5), Arizona State 14 (Garrabrants 1x5, Pedroia 1x5, Larish 3x6, West 2x4, Ethier 3x4, Allen 1x3, Cadena 1x4, Castillo 1x3, Garcia 1x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 7 (Creighton 1, Barden 2, Jarvis 1, Pietsch 1, Biles 2), Arizona State 6 (Pedroia 1, Larish 1, Ethier 1, Castillo 2, Garcia 1).

  Oregon State 8 (31-22,10-13 PAC-10)           Arizona State 9 (34-19,14-9 PAC-10)  Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI  Aaron Mathews cf...........  5  1  2  0       Steve Garrabrants cf.......  5  1  1  0  Tom Creighton 2b...........  4  1  1  1       Dustin Pedroia ss..........  5  0  1  1  Brian Barden 3b............  5  1  2  2       Jeff Larish 3b.............  6  1  3  1  Andy Jarvis 1b.............  5  1  1  1       Jeremy West 1b.............  4  1  2  0  Wick Udy dh................  3  1  0  0       Andre Ethier rf............  4  1  3  1  Seth Pietsch lf............  5  1  3  1       Rod Allen lf...............  3  1  1  0  Chris Biles rf.............  5  0  3  2       Nick Cadena dh.............  4  0  1  0  Paul Richie c..............  3  0  0  0        Ian Kinsler pr............  0  1  0  0   Ian McMullen c............  1  1  1  0       Cesar Castillo c...........  3  1  1  2  Will Hudson ss.............  5  1  1  0       Sergio Garcia 2b...........  4  2  1  1  Stephen Copeland p.........  0  0  0  0       Robbie McClellan p.........  0  0  0  0   Jake Postlewait p.........  0  0  0  0        J.J. Jackson p............  0  0  0  0   Jared Sanders p...........  0  0  0  0        Mark Sopko p..............  0  0  0  0                                                 Aaron Klusman p...........  0  0  0  0                                                 Bryce Kartler p...........  0  0  0  0  Totals..................... 41  8 14  7       Totals..................... 38  9 14  6

Score by Innings R H E Oregon State........ 011 220 110 - 8 14 3 Arizona State....... 050 100 003 - 9 14 3

Note: 2 outs, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - Barden 2; Jarvis; Larish; Castillo; Kartler. DP - Oregon St. 1; Arizona St. 2. LOB - Oregon St. 10; Arizona St. 13. 2B - Pietsch; Larish; Cadena. 3B - McMullen. HR - Creighton; Jarvis. HBP - Udy; West. SH - Allen; Castillo. SB - Mathews. CS - Pedroia.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO Stephen Copeland .......... 5.0 10 6 3 4 4 Jake Postlewait ........... 3.0 3 1 1 1 2 Jared Sanders L,1-5....... 0.2 1 2 1 2 0

Arizona State IP H R ER BB SO Robbie McClellan .......... 4.0 8 6 6 1 5 J.J. Jackson .............. 0.1 1 0 0 1 1 Mark Sopko ................ 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 Aaron Klusman ............. 2.1 4 2 2 0 2 Bryce Kartler W,4-4....... 1.2 1 0 0 1 0

WP - Postlewait; Sanders; Klusman. HB - Postlewait; McClellan.

Umpires - HP: Mik Hendrickson 1B: Steve Mattingly 3B: Terry Mann Start: 6:01 pm Time: 3:47 Attendance: 2030

McClellan faced 3 batters in the 5th. Postlewait faced 1 batter in the 9th.

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