Beavers Top Portland 10-1

Jake Postlewait pitched five innings of one-hit, scoreless ball as Oregon State beat Portland 10-1 in non-league baseball Tuesday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Andy Jarvis moved into a tie for second on OSU's all-time list of career hits leaders and Aaron Mathews hit his first home run after missing nearly two months of the season.

OSU (15-15 overall, 2-4 Pacific-10) continues its homestand this weekend with a Pacific-10 series against Washington State. The longtime Pacific Northwest rivals will meet Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon; all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

In front of Tuesday's crowd of 717, the Beavers got a five-hitter from the combination of Postlewait, Mike Ekstrom, Noel Clark and Jared Sanders. OSU played errorless defense against the Pilots (8-24, 4-8 West Coast), and six of Oregon State's 10 hits went for extra bases.

'Our pitching was great, we played some great defense and we got enough hits to keep me off those offensive guys after the game,' OSU assistant coach Dan Spencer said. 'I was disappointed, offensively, for three innings then we cleaned that up.

'But our guys showed up ready to play today, and they had enough respect for Portland not to just come out and coast. They came out and played with some passion, and that's not always easy to do on a Tuesday between conference series.'

Postlewait earned his first win since a Feb. 14 victory over Oklahoma State. The junior lefthander, who had rested his arm for over a week in March, faced just two hitters over the minimum and needed only 52 pitches to get through his five innings of work; he walked one and tied his career high with five strikeouts.

'It's nice to get back out there,' Postlewait said. 'After taking a week off like that, you lose a little strength and the normal pitching rhythm. Today, my arm felt good and I was able to do what I normally can ... I got ahead in the count, and when they hit the ball our defense did what it needed to do. They made some good plays.'

Postlewait didn't allow a baserunner until the fourth inning, walking Ryan Heil on a full-count pitch with one out. An out later, he surrendered his only hit when Travis Vetters singled to right.

By then, the Beavers led 2-0 on the strength of a pair of first-inning runs. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a walk and eventually scored from second base on a wild pitch with two out; Chris Biles then doubled to left-center to drive home Seth Pietsch.

Oregon State made it 5-0 on Mathews' three-run homer to leftfield with two out in the bottom of the fourth against Pilot starter Joe Jones. Until last weekend's series at Washington, Mathews hadn't played since being hit by a pitch on Feb. 8.

'It's hard to come right out after being hurt two months and have the balance and the timing,' said Mathews, who added a single to left-center in the sixth inning. 'This is a confidence-builder; it felt good ... helping the guys win is the main thing, just getting back with the guys and getting things rolling.'

Jarvis was 2-for-4, and his eighth-inning triple to left-center was the 206th hit of his career, pulling the senior first baseman even with Ken Bowen (1984-87) for second place on OSU's all-time hits list. Brian Barden (2000-02) holds the record with 231.

Biles' double extended his hitting streak to 12 games; it was the 40th two-base hit of Biles' career, moving him into third place on OSU's all-time list ahead of Barden. Biles also singled in the fourth inning to move into the school's top-10 in that category with 177; he bumped Josh Carter (1999-2001) off the list.

Tony Calderon was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in for OSU, singling home two runs in the sixth inning and doubling home another in the eighth.

An unusual play to start the sixth inning helped Portland on the way to its only run. Tyler Perkins, the first hitter faced by OSU reliever Mike Ekstrom, swung at Ekstrom's first pitch; the barrel of his bat split lengthwise and both pieces came to rest near home plate as the ball blooped into left-centerfield for a double. Perkins eventually scored on Kory Casto's infield single.

OREGON STATE 10, PORTLAND 1

Portland		000 001 000 -  1  5 0Oregon State	200 312 02x - 10 10 0Jones, Knox (5) and Watson. Postlewait, Ekstrom (6), Clark (8), Sanders (9) and Richie, McMullen (6). W-Postlewait (2-0). L-Jones (0-1). 2B-Perkins (UP), Biles (OSU), Calderon (OSU), Kunda (OSU). 3B-Jarvis (OSU), Webber (OSU). HR-Mathews (OSU).

HITS: Portland 5 (Heil 1x3, Casto 1x4, Vetters 1x4, Watson 1x4, Perkins 1x3). Oregon State 10 (Mathews 2x5, Jarvis 2x4, Biles 2x3, Webber 1x1, Calderon 2x5, Kunda 1x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Portland 1 (Casto 1), Oregon State 9 (Mathews 3, Biles 1, Webber 1, Calderon 3, Richie 1).

  Portland 1 (8-24)                             Oregon State 10 (15-15)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Jarod Grubb lf............. 2 0 0 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 0 2 0 0 Nik Kosach ph/lf.......... 2 0 0 0 Kerisi Reynolds ph/rf..... 1 0 0 0 Ryan Heil 2b............... 3 0 1 0 Aaron Mathews rf/cf........ 5 1 2 3 Kory Casto dh.............. 4 0 1 1 Andy Jarvis 1b............. 4 2 2 0 Travis Vetters 1b.......... 4 0 1 0 Seth Pietsch lf............ 4 2 0 0 Joe Watson c............... 4 0 1 0 Kane TenPas lf............ 0 0 0 0 Justin Pierce rf........... 3 0 0 0 Chris Biles dh............. 3 1 2 1 Pat Geraghty 3b............ 3 0 0 0 Levi Webber ph/dh......... 1 1 1 1 Andrew Wrisley ss.......... 3 0 0 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 5 0 2 3 Tyler Perkins cf........... 3 1 1 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 4 0 1 0 Joe Jones p................ 0 0 0 0 Paul Richie c.............. 2 0 0 1 Daniel Knox p............. 0 0 0 0 Ian McMullen c............ 1 0 0 0 Brad Mellinger 3b.......... 3 1 0 0 Mark Jackson 3b........... 0 0 0 0 Jake Postlewait p.......... 0 0 0 0 Mike Ekstrom p............ 0 0 0 0 Noel Clark p.............. 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 31 1 5 1 Totals..................... 33 10 10 9

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Portland............ 000 001 000 - 1 5 0 Oregon State........ 200 312 02X - 10 10 0 -------------------------------------------

DP - Oregon St. 1. LOB - Portland 4; Oregon St. 9. 2B - Perkins; Biles; Calderon; Kunda. 3B - Jarvis; Webber. HR - Mathews. HBP - Ellsbury; Pietsch. SF - Richie. SB - Kunda.

Portland IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Joe Jones L,0-1........... 4.0 4 6 6 6 3 2 0 1 0 16 23 Daniel Knox ............... 4.0 6 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 17 20

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Jake Postlewait W,2-0..... 5.0 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 16 17 Mike Ekstrom .............. 2.1 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 10 Noel Clark ................ 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 Jared Sanders ............. 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

WP - Jones 2. HB - Jones; Knox. PB - Watson.

Strikeouts - Kosach; Heil; Casto; Watson 2; Pierce 2; Reynolds; Pietsch; Richie; Mellinger. Walks - Heil; Ellsbury 3; Jarvis; Webber; Kunda; Mellinger.

Umpires - HP: John Pierce 1B: Terry Fisher 3B: Kendall Snyder Start: 4:03 PM Time: 2:28 Attendance: 717

Jones faced 1 batter in the 5th.

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