Baldwin, Gunderson combine on shutout

March 20, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Andy Baldwin and Kevin Gunderson combined on the shutout as Oregon State beat Utah Valley State 7-0 in non-league baseball Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Jacoby Ellsbury was 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and three runs batted in for the Beavers (14-5 overall).

OSU and Utah Valley State (2-9) complete their series Sunday at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, Baldwin went the first six innings to improve his record to 4-3 this season, allowing nine hits and one walk while striking out four. Gunderson then pitched a hitless final three innings to earn the first save of his career, retiring the first eight hitters he faced.

'We played really well defensively and got good pitching,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Their guy (UVSC righthander Aaron Tash) kept us off-balance all day; we didn't execute in a couple of situations with the bases loaded but we pitched and played defense.'

'Andy felt like he was inconsistent and that made it a little more difficult, but he came out and put zeroes on the board and that's all you can ask for. And Kevin was outstanding - awesome.'

It was the second shutout OSU has recorded this season; the Beavers beat Texas-Arlington 7-0 on Feb. 20.

Ellsbury had the biggest and the longest hits of the day for OSU as he boosted his batting average to .413 this season.

With OSU hanging onto a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Beavers loaded the bases with two out. Ellsbury hit a high chopper to the right side that he turned into an infield single to drive in Oregon State's third run; Mike Lissman followed with a two-run single to rightfield to make it 5-0.

With two out in the bottom of the eighth and a runner at first, Ellsbury jumped on a one-ball, no-strike pitch from UVSC reliever Todd Bateman and drove it to the edge of Washington Way, well beyond the ballpark's rightfield fence.

'Honestly, you can't feel it at all when you hit a ball like that. That has to be the farthest ball I've ever hit, right there,' said Ellsbury, whose had driven a ball into the same general area a week earlier against Gonzaga. 'I mean, I didn't think I had any more power than the one I hit against Gonzaga. It's a great feeling.'

Ellsbury has an eight-game hitting streak and has had at least two hits in 11 of OSU's last 13 games. That hot streak comes after he started the season hitting just .250 through the first two weeks.

'I think I was pressing a little too much,' Ellsbury said. 'I had high expectations for myself, and I wasn't going good. I wasn't getting down on myself; I was just so anxious to hit that I was pressing myself. Then I got a couple hits going, then I got some confidence, and I'm carrying that through.'

Shea McFeely was the only other Beaver with more than one hit, going 2-for-3, and Aaron Mathews increased his hitting streak to eight games. Tash limited OSU to just three hits through the first five innings until the Beavers picked up three runs on four hits in the sixth.

'He did a great job, I thought,' Ellsbury said of Tash. 'He hit his locations, he mixed his speeds up real well and kept us off-balance.'

Kevin Hashimoto was 3-for-5 and Ryan K. Jones was 2-for-4 for Utah Valley State.

OSU had gone in front 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning when McFeely singled and eventually scored on Paul Richie's groundout. Oregon State made it 2-0 in the third when Ellsbury doubled to right-center and scored on Andy Jenkins' groundout.

OREGON STATE 7, UTAH VALLEY STATE 0

Utah Valley State    000 000 000 - 0 9 0Oregon State         011 003 02x - 7 8 0

Tash, Bateman (7) and Bulow. Baldwin, Gunderson (7) and Richie. W-Baldwin (4-2) L-Tash (1-3). Sv-Gunderson (1). Mendenhall (UVSC), J. Jensen (UVSC), Ellsbury (OSU). HR-Ellsbury (OSU).

HITS: Utah Valley State 9 (Hashimoto 3x5, R.K. Jones 2x4, Perry 1x4, Mendenhall 1x4, Jensen 1x3, Harris 1x3), Oregon State 8 (Ellsbury 3x5, Lissman 1x3, Campos 1x2, McFeely 2x3, Mathews 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Utah Valley State 0, Oregon State 7 (Ellsbury 3, Lissman 2, Jenkins 1, Richie 1).

Utah Valley State 0 (2-9)                     Oregon State 7 (14-5)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Kevin Hashimoto lf......... 5 0 3 0 Jacoby Ellsbury rf......... 5 2 3 3Ryan K. Jones 2b........... 4 0 2 0 Mike Lissman lf............ 3 0 1 2Trent Perry 1b............. 4 0 1 0 Tyler Graham lf........... 1 1 0 0Joshua Hinckley dh......... 3 0 0 0 Chris Campos dh............ 2 0 1 0 Sam Van Dyken ph.......... 1 0 0 0 Andy Jenkins 1b............ 4 0 0 1Canyon Vance cf............ 4 0 0 0 Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 2 2 0Reno Mendenhall 3b......... 4 0 1 0 Aaron Mathews cf........... 3 1 1 0Jed Jensen rf.............. 3 0 1 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 2 0 0 0Jeremy Harris ss........... 3 0 1 0 Paul Richie c.............. 1 1 0 1Daniel Bulow c............. 3 0 0 0 Chad Schroeder 2b.......... 2 0 0 0Aaron Tash p............... 0 0 0 0 Mike Hass ph.............. 1 0 0 0 Todd Bateman p............ 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............ 1 0 0 0 Andy Baldwin p............. 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 34 0 9 0 Totals..................... 28 7 8 7

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Utah Valley State... 000 000 000 - 0 9 0Oregon State........ 011 003 02X - 7 8 0-------------------------------------------

DP - Utah Vy. St. 2; Oregon St. 2. LOB - Utah Vy. St. 10; Oregon St. 7. 2B -Mendenhall; J. Jensen; Ellsbury. HR - Ellsbury. HBP - Bulow; Lissman; Campos 2;McFeely. SH - Calderon 2.

Utah Valley State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Aaron Tash L,1-3.......... 6.0 7 5 5 3 3Todd Bateman .............. 2.0 1 2 2 1 0

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Andy Baldwin W,4-2........ 6.0 9 0 0 1 4Kevin Gunderson S,1....... 3.0 0 0 0 1 1

HBP - by Tash (Campos); by Tash (Lissman); by Tash (McFeely); by Tash (Campos); byGunderson (Bulow).

Umpires - HP: Todd Ellis 1B: Terry Fischer 3B: Randy KnuthsStart: 1:05 pm Time: 2:27 Attendance: 712

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