OSU Ends Pac-10 Play With 13-12 Victory At No. 20 Arizona

May 19, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Oregon State finished its conference portion of the schedule with a 13-12 win over No. 20 Arizona in Pacific-10 baseball Monday afternoon at Sancet Field. The Beavers used a five-run eighth inning to regain the lead after the Wildcats scored seven runs in the seventh inning to erase an 8-2 Oregon State advantage.

Oregon State (23-28, 7-17) closes out the season Wednesday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field against Portland. The teams will complete a suspended game and follow that with a game that was rained out earlier this season. Action begins at 2 p.m. and can be heard on KRKT 990 (AM), with the broadcast joining the games in progress at 3 p.m.

The Beavers used clutch hitting and battled with Arizona (35-18, 13-8) relief pitchers during the eighth-inning comeback. After working the count full, Tony Calderon fouled off five pitches before doubling to right center to score Aaron Mathews and Seth Pietsch and give Oregon State a 10-9 lead.

'I was just trying not to give in,' Calderon said about the at-bat. 'It was a tough battle especially with my shoulder hurting (after diving for a ball during Saturday's game). I was taking a more defensive approach, and was just hoping he'd throw me something over the middle of the plate. He messed up and I took advantage of it.'

After a Paul Richie single, Brad Mellinger fouled off several no-ball, two-strike pitches and grounded out, scoring Calderon.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who was 3-for-4 on the day and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, singled to plate Richie. The Beavers scored their final run on a fielding error.

The Wildcats cut the lead down to two in their half of the eighth when Lee Franklin tripled and scored on a ground out and Dallas Haught homered off Noel Clark. Jared Sanders relieved Clark and got his second batter to fly out.

Nathan Pendley worked the ninth and earned his first save of the year. A John Hardy RBI single closed the gap to 13-12, but the game ended during Joe Frazier's at-bat when Hardy was thrown out by OSU reserve catcher Ian McMullen while attempting to steal second base on a two-ball, two-strike pitch.

Clark, who has missed almost two years of action with elbow problems, earned the win in his first decision at Oregon State by ending the Wildcats' seven-run inning. After two wild pitches bu previous relievers put a runner at third base, Clark forced his only batter in the inning, Chris Frey, to fly out to center field for the third out.

Oregon State starter Stephen Copeland lasted 6 1/3 innings and gave up nine hits, six runs, walked one and struck out five while throwing 90 pitches on a day with temperatures hovering near 100 degrees. In his first six innings, Copeland struck out five, walked none and allowed two runs off six hits.

'Copeland pitched really well today,' Calderon said. 'He had all his pitches working and he looked confident out there. He went and competed and did a great job.'

The Beavers gave Copeland early support. Ellsbury led off the game with a hit - the fifth straight game he has done that - and Chris Kunda and Pietsch walked to load the bases. Aaron Mathew doubled with two outs, clearing the bases and giving OSU a 3-0 lead - its first lead of the three-game series. In the sixth inning, OSU scored five unearned runs, capped by Pietsch's two-run homer to go up 8-1.

With the victory, Oregon State closed the season with at least one victory over every Pacific-10 team except Southern California, and two of the Trojans' wins were by just one run.

'This gives us a building block for next year,' Calderon said. 'We know we can play with everybody. We've just got to win the close ones like we did today.'

OREGON STATE 13, NO. 20 ARIZONA 12Oregon State	300 005 050 - 13 13 1Arizona		010 001 721 - 12 15 4Copeland, Anderson (7), Baldwin (7), Clark (7), Sanders (8) Pendley (9) and Richie,McMullen (9). Little, Burns (5), Pemble (6), Worrell (8), Meload (8), Rodriguez (9)and Hundley. W- Clark (1-0). L-Worrell (2-4). S - Pendley (1).2B- Webber (OSU), Mathrews (OSU),Calderon (OSU). 3B - Franklin 2 (UA).HR - Pietsch (OSU), Brown (UA), Haught (UA).

HITS: Arizona 15 (Franklin 2x2, Duran 1x4, Brown 1x2, Haught 1x1, Anderson 2x4,Van Houten 2x5, Reilly 1x2, Hundley 3x5, Frey 1x5, Hardy 1x4. Oregon State 13(Ellsbury 3x5, Webber 1x4, Calderon 1x6, Pietsch 3x3, Mathews 3x5, Richie 2x6).RUNS BATTED IN: Arizona 12 (Franklin 2, Duran 1, Brown 2, Haught 1, Van Houten 2,Reilly 1, Hundley 2, Hardy 1.) Oregon State 10 (Ellsbury 1, Webber 1, Pietsch 2,Mathews 3, Calderon 2, Mellinger 1).

  Oregon State 13 (23-28,7-17 PAC-10)           Arizona 12 (35-18,13-8 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Jacoby Ellsbury rf......... 4 3 3 1 Brad Boyer 3b.............. 3 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 2 2 0 0 Lee Franklin 2b........... 2 2 2 2 Levi Webber dh............. 4 1 1 1 Joe Frazier ph............ 0 0 0 0 Chris Biles ph............ 1 0 0 0 Moises Duran 2b/3b......... 4 1 1 1 Seth Pietsch lf............ 3 3 3 2 Derek Decater lf........... 2 0 0 0 Andy Jarvis 1b............. 6 0 0 0 Jordan Brown ph/1b........ 2 1 1 2 Aaron Mathews cf........... 5 1 3 3 Dallas Haught lf.......... 1 1 1 1 Tony Calderon ss........... 6 1 1 2 Brian Anderson cf.......... 4 2 2 0 Paul Richie c.............. 5 2 2 0 Jeff Van Houten rf......... 5 1 2 2 Ian McMullen c............ 1 0 0 0 Trevor Crowe dh............ 2 0 0 0 Brad Mellinger 3b.......... 3 0 0 1 Pat Reilly ph/dh.......... 2 0 1 1 Stephen Copeland p......... 0 0 0 0 Richard Mercado ph........ 0 0 0 0 Kenny Anderson p.......... 0 0 0 0 Terrence Taylor pr........ 0 0 0 0 Andy Baldwin p............ 0 0 0 0 Nick Hundley c............. 5 2 3 2 Noel Clark p.............. 0 0 0 0 Chris Frey 1b/lf........... 5 1 1 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 John Hardy ss.............. 4 1 1 1 Nathan Pendley p.......... 0 0 0 0 Joe Little p............... 0 0 0 0 Scott Burns p............. 0 0 0 0 Brian Pemble p............ 0 0 0 0 Mark Worrell p............ 0 0 0 0 John Meloan p............. 0 0 0 0 Derek Rodriguez p......... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 40 13 13 10 Totals..................... 41 12 15 12

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Oregon State........ 300 005 050 - 13 13 1 Arizona............. 010 001 721 - 12 15 4 -------------------------------------------

E - Mellinger; Boyer; Franklin; Duran; Frey. DP - Oregon St. 1. LOB - Oregon St. 13; Arizona 6. 2B - Webber; Mathews; Calderon. 3B - Franklin. HR - Pietsch; Brown; Haught. HBP - Ellsbury; Kunda; Mercado. SH - Webber; Mellinger 2. SB - Pietsch 2; Mathews; Anderson. CS - Pietsch; Hardy.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Stephen Copeland .......... 6.1 9 6 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 27 28 Kenny Anderson ............ 0.1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 Andy Baldwin .............. 0.0 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 Noel Clark W,1-0.......... 1.0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 Jared Sanders ............. 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 Nathan Pendley S,1........ 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 4

Arizona IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Joe Little ................ 4.0 3 3 3 5 7 1 0 1 0 14 21 Scott Burns ............... 1.1 5 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 10 Brian Pemble .............. 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 6 8 Mark Worrell L,2-4........ 0.1 2 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 John Meloan ............... 0.2 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 Derek Rodriguez ........... 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 3

WP - Pendley; Little. HB - Pendley; Little; Pemble. PB - Richie 2.

Strikeouts - Webber 2; Jarvis 3; Mathews 2; Calderon 2; Richie; McMullen; Mellinger; Duran 2; Van Houten; Crowe; Hardy. Walks - Ellsbury; Kunda 3; Pietsch 3; Mathews; Duran; Anderson; Hardy.

Umpires - HP: Ted Kovach 1B: Ron Ridd 3B: Dick Flaherty Start: 12:05 pm Time: 4:04 Attendance: 323

Baldwin faced 4 batters in the 7th.

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