Beavers' Baseball Game At UCLA Suspended

May 2, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Oregon State took a 4-0 lead over UCLA before their Pacific-10 baseball game Friday night was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Beavers (18-22 overall, 4-11 Pac-10) and Bruins (20-25, 5-7) will resume the game Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium, then play their regularly-scheduled game.

OSU took the lead with a three-run second inning off UCLA lefthander Mike Kunes; it began with back-to-back doubles by Levi Webber and Seth Pietsch to plate the first run. After Aaron Mathews sacrificed Pietsch to third, Paul Richie doubled to center to drive in Pietsch, then Brad Mellinger singled up the middle to bring home Richie.

The single gave Mellinger a three-game hitting streak. Prior to that current skein, the sophomore infielder had hit safely in just one of the previous eight games in which he'd batted.

Oregon State added a run in the top of the fourth inning. A walk to Richie and back-to-back bunt singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Chris Kunda loaded the bases, then Tony Calderon drew a four-pitch walk from Kunes to force in a run and make it 4-0.

By then, the precipitation was turning from heavy mist to a steady rain and the grounds crew spent several minutes working on the mound in the middle of the fourth inning.

OSU righthander Ben Rowe allowed UCLA's first hit when Billy Susdorf led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single to center. Wes Whisler, the Bruins' cleanup hitter, then fouled off a pair of two-strike pitches as he worked a full count but Rowe got him to fly out to right.

Matt Thayer followed with another flyout to right. After a brief inspection of the condition of the pitching mound, play was halted; the game was suspended 45 minutes later.

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