Oregon State Shuts Out Oklahoma State, 4-0

Feb. 14, 2003

SURPRISE, Ariz. - -

Oregon State rode the pitching of Jake Postlewait and Jon Koller to a 4-0 victory over Oklahoma State on Friday afternoon, and Seth Pietsch added a run and a RBI as the Beavers improved to 2-2 on the year.

Oregon State and Oklahoma State hooked up in the inaugural game at Billy Parker Field at the Surprise Recreation Campus - the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers - in game-one of the Coca Cola Classic. Gonzaga - OSU's 11 a.m. opponent on Saturday - and Arizona State round out the field.

The Beavers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning when senior first baseman Andy Jarvis sacrificed to right field with the bases loaded and brought in sophomore Rob Recuenco, who led off with a walk.

With runners at second and third, centerfielder Tony Calderon hit a deep fly ball to center to bring in freshman Jacoby Ellsbury. Both Jarvis and Calderon faced two-strike pitches on their RBIs.

The Beavers tacked on another run in the second when junior Seth Pietsch singled through the left side with the bases loaded to drive in catcher Paul Richie.

After allowing runners to first and second in the opening frame, Postlewait shut down the Cowboy offense, scattering two hits over the next 4 1/3 innings before a double from Jason Jaramillo sent the lefthander to the dugout.

In all, Postlewait (1-0) gave up four hits in 5 1/3 innings and struck out three while walking two.

Sophomore Jon Koller, a transfer from California-Irvine, relieved Postlewait and allowed one hit over the next 3 2/3 innings to earn his first career save at OSU.

'Jake gave us a quality start, and Jon came in and was outstanding,' head coach Pat Casey said. 'I thought they both really gave us a lift, because early in the year, you don't want to go to your pen too early. Jake was struggling a little bit early in the game, and we even had somebody up in the first inning, but he bounced back and gained a lot of confidence. It was a good start for us against a good club.'

Koller, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound Carlsbad, Calif., native, was childhood friends with Postlewait when the two lived in Newport, Ore., though both would play out their high school careers in different towns - Koller at Carlsbad High School and Postlewait at Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Ore.

The Beavers' final run came in the seventh inning, when rightfielder Chris Biles brought in Pietsch with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Pietsch had advanced to third after a Cowboy throwing error on a Jarvis single three batters earlier. Pietsch and Jarvis each had two hits on the day.

'We really feel like we can do some little things to score some runs this year,' Casey said. 'We don't have a lot of power guys and guys who can hit .400, but we have a lot of people who can move the ball around the ballpark.

'We have some kids who can run, so we just tried to get some things started early. We bunted a few times and started some runners; we think we can scrap and pick up runs. We've just got to get good at doing that, we have to work on it. We also had some opportunities to score some runs, and we didn't do it.

'We did have a couple good two-strike at-bats, and I've seen us strike out in those situations,' Casey said. 'We'll take a win early in the year against a good club. We just have to come out tomorrow ready to go.'

With the win, OSU has now shutout Oklahoma State over 18 consecutive innings, dating back to a 1-0 win in 1999. B.R. Cook tossed a one-hitter in that one.

Overall, the Beavers outhit Oklahoma State nine to five, as Joe Weaver (0-2) took the loss for the Cowboys in three innings of work. He allowed six hits and three runs - two earned.

The greater Phoenix area was under a torrential downpour - three inches in a two-day span - when the team arrived late Thursday night, raising doubts about whether Friday's game would be played. The weather cleared and the field, which features superb drainage and maintenance, was more than playable for its first-ever game.

The Beavers take on Gonzaga at 11 a.m. Saturday, and wrap up the weekend against Arizona State at 2 p.m. on Sunday. OSU has an all-time record of 55-27 against Gonzaga in a series dating back to 1919.

OREGON STATE 4, OKLAHOMA STATE 0

Oregon State 210 000 100 - 4 9 2

Oklahoma State 000 000 000 - 0 5 2

Postlewait, Koller (6) and Richie. Weaver, Grogan (4) and Jaramillo. WP-Postlewait (1-0). LP-Weaver (0-2) 2B- Jaramillo (Okla. St.).

HITS: Oregon State 9 (Ellsbury 1x4, Pietsch 2x4, Jarvis 2x4, Calderon 1x1, Biles 1x2, Richie 1x4, Kunda 1x3), Oklahoma State 5 (Virgil 1x3, Fields 1x4, Jaramillo 2x4, Urick 1x4). RUNSBATTED IN: Oregon State 4 (Pietsch, Jarvis, Calderon, Biles). Oklahoma State 0.

  Oregon State 4 (2-2)                          Oklahoma State 0 (1-2)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Rob Recuenco ss............ 4 1 0 0 Kenny Hansley 2b........... 3 0 0 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 4 1 1 0 Jose Virgil of/cf.......... 3 0 1 0 Seth Pietsch lf............ 4 1 2 1 Josh Fields 3b............. 4 0 1 0 Andy Jarvis 1b............. 4 0 2 1 Mario Matulich dh.......... 4 0 0 0 Tony Calderon 3b........... 1 0 1 1 Jason Jaramillo c.......... 4 0 2 0 Chris Biles rf............. 2 0 1 1 Jeff Tuttle lf/rf.......... 4 0 0 0 Levi Webber dh............. 4 0 0 0 John Urick 1b.............. 4 0 1 0 Paul Richie c.............. 4 1 1 0 Scott Kirby rf............. 2 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 3 0 1 0 Ryan Olivo ph/lf.......... 1 0 0 0 Jake Postlewait p.......... 0 0 0 0 Chris Gutierrez ss......... 3 0 0 0 Jon Koller p.............. 0 0 0 0 Joe Weaver p............... 0 0 0 0 Spencer Grogan p.......... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 30 4 9 4 Totals..................... 32 0 5 0

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Oregon State........ 210 000 100 - 4 9 2 Oklahoma State...... 000 000 000 - 0 5 2 -------------------------------------------

E - Recuenco 2; Virgil; Jaramillo. DP - Oregon St. 2; Oklahoma St. 1. LOB - Oregon St. 9; Oklahoma St. 7. 2B - Jaramillo. SH - Kunda. SF - Jarvis; Calderon; Biles. CS - Jarvis.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Jake Postlewait W,1-0..... 5.1 4 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 21 23 Jon Koller S,1............ 3.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 11 11

Oklahoma State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Joe Weaver L,0-2.......... 3.0 6 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 12 18 Spencer Grogan ............ 6.0 3 1 1 3 5 1 0 0 1 18 22

WP - Grogan.

Strikeouts - Recuenco; Ellsbury; Webber 2; Richie 2; Kunda; Hansley; Fields; Tuttle; Gutierrez. Walks - Recuenco; Ellsbury; Pietsch; Calderon 2; Biles; Hansley; Virgil.

Umpires - HP: Kevin Daugherty 1B: Jeff Jenkins 3B: Kent Bruns Start: 3:05 pm Time: 2:37 Attendance: 311

Weaver faced 1 batter in the 4th.

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