Postlewait Pitches Beavers To Baseball Win

May 13, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jake Postlewait scattered nine hits in pitching the first complete game of his Oregon State career as the Beavers beat third-ranked Arizona State 6-1 in Pacific-10 baseball Tuesday evening at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Postlewait, a junior lefthander from Corvallis, walked two and struck out two as he improved his record to 4-0 this season.

The Beavers (22-25 overall, 6-14 Pac-10) and Sun Devils (45-10, 11-6) conclude their series Wednesday at 4 p.m. The game can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

Before a season-high crowd of 1,350 on a warm, clear evening, Postlewait allowed a run on three hits in the first inning before a double play got OSU out of the jam. The hometown product also had to work out of two-on jams in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings with the Beavers holding onto a 3-1 lead.

Was it the best game Postlewait had pitched in Corvallis - where he played youth baseball, for Corvallis High and for the Richey's Market American Legion team?

'It definitely is,' Postlewait said. 'There's nothing really to compare it to.'

Postlewait had been building up to the performance for nearly a month. His last three starts against Southern California, UCLA and Division III school George Fox had seen him go 1-0 with a 0.90 earned run average; he averaged 6 2/3 innings, five hits, 1.7 walks and 3.7 strikeouts per start in that time.

This after he hadn't pitched from March 8-March 23.

'I took a break early in the season because my arm didn't feel comfortable,' Postlewait said. 'Then I pitched on four days rest last week and did fine, and this week I did the same thing and had the complete game. Allowing one run, against Arizona State, who's ranked third - I couldn't expect more than that.

'I had all three pitches moving the way I wanted and I had good location. That's the way I'm going to beat teams - I'm not going to hump it up there and overpower them.'

ASU started with a rush as Dustin Pedroia led off the game with a double down the leftfield line, was sacrificed to third and scored on Andre Ethier's single. Another single by Jeff Larish put two runners on with one out and the Sun Devils were threatening to break things open early, but Jeremy West hit a ball back over the mound that Postlewait tipped; it went to second baseman Chris Kunda, who started an inning-ending double play.

The Beavers got the run back for Postlewait in a hurry. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the bottom of the first with a single through the right side, was sacrificed to second by Kunda, and scored on Andy Jarvis' single to right; Jarvis reached third on an error but OSU couldn't push the go-ahead run across.

Oregon State took the lead in the bottom of the third after Ellsbury yanked a double down the rightfield line, Jarvis walked with one out, then both runners moved up on a wild pitch by ASU righthander Beau Vaughan. Chris Biles' groundout scored the go-ahead run, the Tony Calderon singled home Jarvis to make it 3-1.

Perhaps ASU's biggest threat at getting even came in the fourth inning, when Postlewait issued a leadoff walk to cleanup hitter Jeff Larish and Jeremy West followed with a single to center. But after Travis Buck lined out to center, Postlewait got Steve Garrabrants to fly out to left and Tuffy Gosewisch to ground out to second.

'I just had to go back to pitching the way I should have been when the first guy got up there,' Postlewait said. 'I had to go back to location and let my movement work for me.'

The Beavers gave Postlewait a bit more of a cushion in the bottom of the sixth after Chris Biles singled and Tony Calderon walked to start the inning against Vaughan. Reliever Carlos Arguello got Seth Pietsch to foul out on a sacrifice bunt try, then walked Aaron Mathews to load the bases.

That brought Mark Sopko to the mound, and he quickly balked to score Biles and move the other runners into scoring position. After striking out Paul Richie, Sopko went to a full count on the last hitter in the OSU order, Brad Mellinger; Mellinger dumped a single just over third base to score both runners and make it 6-1.

Kunda had his 10-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-3, but Jarvis pushed his streak to nine games and Ellsbury moved his to eight. Jarvis' run-scoring single left him three hits short of tying OSU's career record of 231 set by Brian Barden from 2000-02 and one RBI short of tying Joe Gerber's mark of 169 set from 1997-2000.

OREGON STATE 6, NO. 3 ARIZONA STATE 1

Arizona State	100 000 000 - 1 9 1Oregon State 	102 003 00x - 6 6 1

Vaughan, Arguello, Sopko and Gosewisch. Postlewait and Richie. W-Postlewait (4-0). L-Vaughan (8-4). 2B-Pedroia (ASU), Ellsbury (OSU).

HITS: Arizona State 9 (Pedroia 1x5, Wyrick 1x3, Ethier 2x4, Larish 1x3, West 2x3, Gosewich 1x4, Guerero 1x2), Oregon State 6 (Ellsbury 2x3, Jarvis 1x3, Biles 1x4, Calderon 1x2). RUNS BATTED IN: Arizona State 1 (Ethier 1), Oregon State 5 (Jarvis 1, Biles 1, Calderon 1, Mellinger 2).

  Arizona State 1 (45-10,11-6 PAC-10)           Oregon State 6 (22-25,6-14 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Dustin Pedroia ss.......... 5 1 1 0 Jacoby Ellsbury rf......... 3 2 2 0 Dennis Wyrick 3b........... 3 0 1 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 3 0 0 0 Andre Ethier rf/cf......... 4 0 2 1 Andy Jarvis 1b............. 3 1 1 1 Jeff Larish 1b............. 3 0 1 0 Chris Biles dh............. 4 1 1 1 Jeremy West dh............. 3 0 2 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 2 1 1 1 Travis Buck lf/rf.......... 4 0 0 0 Seth Pietsch lf............ 3 0 0 0 Steve Garrabrants 2b....... 3 0 0 0 Aaron Mathews cf........... 3 1 0 0 Nick Walsh ph............. 1 0 0 0 Paul Richie c.............. 4 0 0 0 Tuffy Gosewisch c.......... 4 0 1 0 Mark Jackson 3b............ 1 0 0 0 Ryan Bosch cf.............. 2 0 0 0 Rob Recuenco ph........... 1 0 0 0 Mike Guerero ph/lf........ 2 0 1 0 Brad Mellinger 3b......... 1 0 1 2 Beau Vaughan p............. 0 0 0 0 Jake Postlewait p.......... 0 0 0 0 Carlos Arguello p......... 0 0 0 0 Mark Sopko p.............. 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 34 1 9 1 Totals..................... 28 6 6 5

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Arizona State....... 100 000 000 - 1 9 1 Oregon State........ 102 003 00X - 6 6 1 -------------------------------------------

E - Ethier; Jackson. DP - Oregon St. 2. LOB - Arizona St. 9; Oregon St. 5. 2B - Pedroia; Ellsbury. HBP - Pietsch. SH - Wyrick; Kunda. SB - Ellsbury; Biles.

Arizona State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Beau Vaughan L,8-4........ 5.0 5 5 5 4 5 1 0 0 0 18 23 Carlos Arguello ........... 0.1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 Mark Sopko ................ 2.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 9 10

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Jake Postlewait W,4-0..... 9.0 9 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 34 37

WP - Vaughan; Arguello. HB - Sopko. BK - Sopko.

Strikeouts - Wyrick; Bosch; Kunda; Calderon; Mathews; Richie 2; Jackson; Recuenco. Walks - Larish; West; Ellsbury; Jarvis; Calderon 2; Mathews.

Umpires - HP: Larry Randall 1B: Jeff Henrichs 3B: Terry Mann Start: 5:04 PM Time: 2:39 Attendance: 1350

Vaughan faced 2 batters in the 6th.

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