Beavers Tie Record In Wild Baseball Defeat

March 30, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State tied its school record for home runs in an inning but the Beavers fell to California 19-13 in Pacific-10 baseball Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU launched four home runs in the eighth inning, matching a record set in a 1966 game against Oregon, and cut what had been a 15-4 deficit to as little as 16-13 before losing.

OSU (13-13 overall, 1-2 Pacific-10) now visits Portland on Tuesday at 2 p.m. for a non-league game before continuing Pacific-10 play at Washington with a three-game series starting next Friday. All games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

On Sunday, the Beavers and Bears (17-13, 4-2) combined for 38 hits, nine homers and eight doubles in a game that took 3 hours, 56 minutes to decide. Showing the type of afternoon it was, the game included a single that left the park and a home run that didn't - OSU's Seth Pietsch drove a ball into the trees beyond the centerfield fence in the sixth inning but was called out for passing Andy Jarvis between first and second base, while Cal's Justin Nelson made the last of his three home runs an inside-the-park job in the ninth inning.

'Consistency is what we're searching for, because I firmly believe we're a good club,' OSU assistant coach Dan Spencer said. 'Part of it is that we're playing young guys, but we're 26 games in - you're not really freshmen any more. You don't want to use that as a crutch, because they can play.'

The Beavers - who earlier this season had overcome a 14-run deficit to beat New Mexico State - rallied after falling behind 15-4 in the seventh inning. In the series' first two games, OSU four- and five-run leads early only to have to hang on for an 8-6 win Friday night and then losing 8-6 Saturday.

'We need to step up,' Pietsch said. 'We've got to play hard all the way through ... in college baseball, someone can put up 10 runs in any inning.'

Pietsch was 4-for-5 with three runs batted in, and his seventh home run of the season came in the Beavers' record-tying inning. Tony Calderon had a career-high four hits in 4-for-4 day that included his fourth home run of the season, a double and three RBIs for OSU.

Chris Kunda started OSU's eighth-inning barrage with a one-out drive over the leftfield fence for his second homer of the season; both have come within the past week. After Jarvis singled, Pietsch hit a blast to left-center. Chris Biles followed with a shot to right-center for his first homer of the season. Levi Webber lined out to center, then Calderon roped a pitch over the leftfield wall to cap a five-run lead and make it 16-13.

Cal blunted the comeback in the top of the ninth, though, scoring three times in an inning capped by Nelson's inside-the-park homer. It was a fly ball to the fence that OSU centerfielder went down trying to catch.

Pietsch's homer would have been his eighth of the season but not for the baserunning miscue in the sixth inning. Jarvis led off the inning with a single, then Pietsch hit a high drive that dropped over the centerfield fence. Jarvis stayed near first base to tag and advance in case the ball didn't clear the fence, while Pietsch was running hard to get as many bases as possible in case it wasn't a homer.

'It was tough to look at Andy - I was looking at the ball,' Pietsch said. 'Andy was the last thing on my mind; I didn't think he'd be tagging up, but it was a good play on his part ... when I saw I'd passed him, I think I was about five feet from second base.

'That's the longest single you'll ever see.'

Jarvis was 3-for-5 for the Beavers, while Biles extended his hitting streak to eight games and Kunda boosted his hitting streak to seven games. Stephen Copeland, the first of seven OSU pitchers, took the loss, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out a season-high five hitters.

Cal starter Kyle Crist earned the win before giving way to five Bear relievers, also pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out four. Chris Grossman was 4-for-6 for Cal.

CALIFORNIA 19, OREGON STATE 13

California	001 411 813 - 19 19 2Oregon State	000 013 450 - 13 19 3

Copeland, Pendley (6), Steele (7), Postlewait (7), Sanders (7), Baldwin (8), Kline (9) and Richie. Crist, Gold (6), Todoroff (6), Burchett (7), Ingram (7), Swick (8) and Grossman. W-Crist (2-1). L-Copeland (2-3). 2B-Nicholson (UC), Weiner (UC), C. Jackson (UC), Holder (UC), Smith (UC), Biles (OSU), Calderon (OSU), Richie (OSU). HR-Holder (UC), Dragicevich (UC), Nelson 3 (UC), Kunda (OSU), Pietsch (OSU), Biles (OSU), Calderon (OSU).

HITS: California 19 (Nicholson 2x5, Weiner 1x5, Kahoalii 1x1, C. Jackson 2x5, Grossman 4x6, Holder 2x5, Dragicevich 2x5, Nelson 3x4, smith 1x2, N. Jackson 1x1), Oregon State 19 (Ellsbury 1x6, Kunda 2x6, Jarvis 3x5, Pietsch 4x5, Biles 2x5, Webber 2x4, Calderon 4x4, Richie 1x4). RUNS BATTED IN: California 18 (Nicholson 1, Weiner 2, Jackson 1, Grossman 2, Holder 4, Dragicevich 2, Nelson 5, Jackson 1), Oregon State 12 (Kunda 1, Pietsch 3, Biles 1, Webber 1, Calderon 3, Richie 3).

  California 19                                 Oregon State 13

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- David Nicholson 2b......... 5 1 2 1 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 6 1 1 0 David Weiner dh............ 5 2 1 2 Chris Kunda 2b............. 6 1 2 1 Creighton Kahoalii ph..... 1 0 1 0 Andy Jarvis 1b............. 5 3 3 0 Conor Jackson 3b........... 5 3 2 1 Seth Pietsch lf............ 5 2 4 3 Chris Grossman c........... 6 2 4 2 Chris Biles rf............. 5 2 2 1 James Holder 1b............ 5 2 2 4 Levi Webber dh............. 4 2 2 1 Ben Conley rf.............. 5 1 0 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 4 2 4 3 Jeff Dragicevich ss........ 5 3 2 2 Paul Richie c.............. 4 0 1 3 Justin Nelson lf........... 4 3 3 5 Brad Mellinger 3b.......... 3 0 0 0 Brad Smith cf.............. 2 1 1 0 Kerisi Reynolds ph........ 1 0 0 0 Noah Jackson ph........... 1 0 1 1 Mark Jackson 3b........... 0 0 0 0 Nick Medrano pr/cf........ 2 1 0 0 Billy Munich ph........... 1 0 0 0 Kyle Crist p............... 0 0 0 0 Stephen Copeland p......... 0 0 0 0 Adam Gold p............... 0 0 0 0 Nathan Pendley p.......... 0 0 0 0 Joe Todoroff p............ 0 0 0 0 Kurt Steele p............. 0 0 0 0 Jeremy Burchett p......... 0 0 0 0 Jake Postlewait p......... 0 0 0 0 Jesse Ingram p............ 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Aaron Swick p............. 0 0 0 0 Andy Baldwin p............ 0 0 0 0 Ty Kline p................ 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 46 19 19 18 Totals..................... 44 13 19 12

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- California.......... 001 411 813 - 19 19 2 Oregon State........ 000 013 450 - 13 19 3 -------------------------------------------

E - Nicholson; Grossman; Kunda; Biles; Mellinger. LOB - California 8; Oregon St. 7. 2B - Nicholson; Weiner; C.Jackson; Holder; Smith; Biles; Calderon; Richie. HR - Holder; Dragicevich; Nelson 3; Kunda; Pietsch; Biles; Calderon. HBP - Holder; Conley; Dragicevich; Nelson; Webber. SH - Smith. SF - Richie. SB - Ellsbury; Pietsch. CS - Holder.

California IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Kyle Crist W.............. 5.1 7 3 2 0 4 0 0 1 0 22 23 Adam Gold ................. 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 Joe Todoroff .............. 1.0 4 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 7 Jeremy Burchett ........... 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 Jesse Ingram .............. 0.2 4 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 6 Aaron Swick ............... 1.2 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 6

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Stephen Copeland L........ 5.1 7 7 6 0 5 0 0 1 0 24 25 Nathan Pendley ............ 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 Kurt Steele ............... 0.1 2 4 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 5 Jake Postlewait ........... 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 Jared Sanders ............. 0.1 3 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 Andy Baldwin .............. 1.1 5 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 9 10 Ty Kline .................. 1.0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5

WP - Steele; Postlewait; Sanders. HB - Crist; Copeland; Pendley; Steele; Baldwin. BK - Sanders.

Strikeouts - Nicholson; Holder; Conley 2; Dragicevich 2; Smith; Jarvis; Biles 2; Webber; Richie; Mellinger 2; Reynolds; Munich. Walks - Nicholson; C.Jackson; Nelson; Calderon.

Umpires - HP: Jeff Jenkins 1B: Kevin Daugherty 3B: Mike Gilmore Start: 1:03 PM Time: 3:56 Attendance: 931

Postlewait faced 1 batter in the 7th. Burchett faced 2 batters in the 7th. Baldwin faced 1 batter in the 9th.

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