Mathews, Calderon Tie Records In Win

April 12, 2003

Aaron Mathews' five hits tied Oregon State's school record for hits in a game and Tony Calderon's three doubles matched the Beaver record for doubles in a game in an 11-3 win over Washington State in Pacific-10 baseball Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Stephen Copeland pitched into the sixth inning to earn the win as OSU (16-16 overall, 3-5 Pacific-10) won for the third time in its last four games.

Oregon State and Washington State (10-24, 2-6) conclude their series Sunday at 12 noon. The game can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

Mathews, in just his fifth start after missing nearly two months due to injury, went 5-for-5 with a homer and four runs batted in to pace Oregon State. The sophomore's five hits equaled a record previously accomplished 17 times, most recently by both Andy Jarvis and Seth Pietsch in this season's 18-16 win over New Mexico on Feb. 21.

'I didn't know I'd tied the record,' Mathews said. 'I was in a zone today. I just wanted to help our team win and that's a good way to do it, right there. I just got up to the plate and said 'You're not going to get it by me today'.'

It was also the first time Mathews had started in centerfield since Feb. 8, as Jacoby Ellsbury moved to right.

'I played there all last year, and it felt good to get back there,' said Mathews, who is 9-for-15 with 2 homers and seven RBIs over the Beavers' last three games. 'I'm definitely more comfortable there, and that helped get me going.'

Calderon tied a record that was most recently accomplished by Chris Biles in an 8-6 loss to Washington State on March 14 of this season. The junior's 3-for-3 day bumped his batting average to .416 overall and .640 in Pac-10 games.

'I think I stopped putting so much pressure on myself to carry the team with every at-bat,' Calderon said. 'I've been trying to be more relaxed at the plate, and it's worked so far.'

Calderon started most of the first two months of the season at third base, but an injury to Tyler Graham led to him moving back to shortstop - his high school and junior college position - for the start of the Pac-10 season two weeks ago. He's had at least two hits in each of his last five games and has six so far in the series against the Cougars.

'I'm so much more comfortable there - it's like being home,' Calderon said. 'It's exciting to play there again; it lit a fire under me and I'm playing well on both sides of the ball.'

The Beavers took control with a five-run second inning that included Mathews' two-run single up the middle and Jarvis' two-run double off the rightfield fence, both with two out. That gave Jarvis' sole possession of second place on OSU's all-time list of career RBI leaders.

The senior first baseman added a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to take over second place on the Beavers' all-time list in that category, as well. Jarvis' 157 RBIs and 29 home runs trail only his predecessor at first base, Joe Gerber (169 and 34, 1997-2000).

Jarvis' homer, which banged off the rightfield foul pole, followed Mathews' drive over the fence in left; both were on the first pitch of at-bats against Cougar starter Bryce Chamberlin, whose record fell to 3-4.

Copeland improved to 3-3 with the win. In five-plus innings, the senior righthander allowed one run (one earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out four; he allowed at least one WSU baserunner in every inning but the Cougars could only cash in on Steve Mortimer's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

'Stephen Copeland gave us a great start today, and that was the key,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. Andy Baldwin went the final four innings to earn his second save of the season.

Billy Munich collected his first career homer as the freshman catcher poked a bases-empty shot over the leftfield fence in the seventh inning. Chris Biles' hitting streak ended at 12 games when he was walked and then grounded out twice before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

OREGON STATE 11, WASHINGTON STATE 3

Washington State	000 010 011 -  3 12 0Oregon State	050 002 22x - 11 15 0

Chamberlin, Freeman (6), Svendsen (8) and Baeder, Reddinger (7). Copeland, Baldwin (6) and Munich, McMullen (9). W-Copeland (3-3). L-Chamberlin (3-4). Sv-Baldwin (2). 2B-Miller 2 (WSU), Bruce (WSU), LaRue (WSU), Jarvis (OSU), Calderon 3 (OSU). HR-Richardson (WSU), Bruce (WSU), Mathews (OSU), Jarvis (OSU), Munich (OSU).

HITS: Washington State 12 (Hart 1x5, Miller 3x5, Farrar 2x4, Richardson 1x3, Reddinger 1x1, Bruce 3x5, LaRue 1x2), Oregon State 15 (Ellsbury 1x4, Mathews 5x5, Jarvis 2x4, Pietsch 2x5, Calderon 3x3, Kunda 1x5, Munich 1x1). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington State 3 (Richardson 1, Stahlke 1, Bruce 1), Oregon State 10 (Mathews 4, Jarvis 3, Kunda 1, Munich 1, Recuenco 1).

  Washington State 3 (10-24,2-6 PAC-10)         Oregon State 11 (16-16,3-5 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Justin Hart lf............. 5 0 1 0 Jacoby Ellsbury rf......... 4 1 1 0 Jay Miller rf.............. 5 1 3 0 Aaron Mathews cf........... 5 2 5 4 Jeremy Farrar cf........... 4 0 2 0 Andy Jarvis 1b............. 4 1 2 3 Grant Richardson 1b........ 3 1 1 1 Seth Pietsch lf............ 5 1 2 0 Steve Mortimer dh.......... 2 0 0 0 Chris Biles dh............. 2 1 0 0 Robert Stahlke ph/dh...... 2 0 0 1 Levi Webber dh/ph......... 2 0 0 0 Jon Baeder c............... 3 0 0 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 3 2 3 0 Wes Falkenborg ph......... 1 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 5 0 1 1 Brandon Reddinger c....... 1 0 1 0 Billy Munich c............. 1 2 1 1 Derek Bruce ss............. 5 1 3 1 Rob Recuenco ph........... 1 0 0 1 Dustin Realini 3b.......... 1 0 0 0 Ian McMullen c............ 0 0 0 0 Bruce Jacobsen ph/3b...... 1 0 0 0 Brad Mellinger 3b.......... 4 1 0 0 Jonathan Fender 2b......... 2 0 0 0 Stephen Copeland p......... 0 0 0 0 Jeffrey LaRue ph/2b....... 2 0 1 0 Andy Baldwin p............ 0 0 0 0 Bryce Chamberlin p......... 0 0 0 0 James Freeman p........... 0 0 0 0 Jamin Svendsen p.......... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 37 3 12 3 Totals..................... 36 11 15 10

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Washington State.... 000 010 011 - 3 12 0 Oregon State........ 050 002 22X - 11 15 0 -------------------------------------------

DP - Wash. St. 1. LOB - Wash. St. 13; Oregon St. 10. 2B - Miller 2; Bruce; LaRue; Jarvis; Calderon 3. HR - Richardson; Bruce; Mathews; Jarvis; Munich. HBP - Calderon. SH - Farrar. SF - Stahlke. SB - Mathews. CS - Calderon; Munich.

Washington State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Bryce Chamberlin L,3-4.... 5.2 9 7 7 6 3 1 0 1 0 24 31 James Freeman ............. 1.1 3 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 Jamin Svendsen ............ 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Stephen Copeland W,3-3.... 5.0 6 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 19 25 Andy Baldwin S,2.......... 4.0 6 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 18 18

WP - Chamberlin. HB - Chamberlin.

Strikeouts - Farrar; Mortimer; Baeder; Bruce; Jacobsen; Ellsbury; Pietsch; Kunda. Walks - Richardson 2; Realini 2; Ellsbury; Jarvis; Biles; Calderon; Munich 3; Mellinger.

Umpires - HP: John DeLuca 1B: Keith Bailey 3B: Kevin Gillmore Start: 1:04 PM Time: 2:41 Attendance: 690

Copeland faced 1 batter in the 6th.

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