Huskies Fall To OSU, 7-3, In Series Opener

April 30, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior catcher Paul Richie went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three runsbatted in to lead the Oregon State baseball team to a 7-3 win over No. 21 Washington Fridayevening in the first of a three-game, Pac-10 series at Goss Stadium.

The win was the eighth in nine games for the Beavers (27-12 overall, 7-6 in the Pac-10) and brokethe Huskies' five-game win streak. Washington, which has lost all four meetings with OSU thisseason (the first three were non-conference games), fell to 24-14-1 and 8-5 in the Pac-10, stillgood for sole possession of second place.

OSU ace Jake Postlewait improved to 9-2 with the victory, allowing three runs on five hits overfive and one-third innings. Husky freshman starter Kyle Parker (2-2) allowed four runs on fourhits over six innings to suffer the loss.

Washington got out to a lead early, scoring a run in the top of the second when Aaron Hathawaysingled and eventually came around on a bases-loaded, two-out walk to Brent Lillibridge.

OSU answered with a run in the bottom of the second when Cole Gillespie led off with a line-drivetriple to center. Gillespie scored when Shea McFeely swung at a wild pitch for strike three and theball got to the backstop allowing the runner to score. The Beavers went on to load the bases withone out, but Paul Richie grounded into a double play to keep the 1-1 tie in tact.

In the third, however, the Beavers broke the tie. Mike Lissman reached on an infield single beforemoving to second on a groundout and to third on a fly ball. He scored on a wild pitch to giveOregon State a 2-1 lead.

OSU stretched the lead to 4-1 in the fifth when Jacoby Ellsbury singled to lead off and Richiefollowed with his third home run of the season.

The Huskies rallied in the sixth, knocking Postlewait from the game. Postlewait issued a walk andhit a batter to open the inning before UW freshman Tyler Mach doubled off the wall in left. Thedouble scored Hathaway from second base but Nick Batkoski was thrown out at the plate, tryingto score from first.

With Nathan Pendley on in relief, Ben Johnson singled to put runners at the corners andGreg Isaacson followed with another single to plate Johnson. Jared Sanders replaced Pendley andgot Lillibridge to pop up and John Otness to ground out to end the threat with OSU still on top, 4-3.

Washington had a chance to tie the game in the seventh. With Hathaway aboard on a single andtwo outs, Batkoski lined a double to the corner in right. When the throw to the infield was madetowards second base rather than the plate, Hathaway tried to score, but for the second time in asmany innings, shortstop Tony Calderon's relay throw gunned down the runner at the plate.

OSU added to its advantage in the seventh, scoring three off of UW senior relieverTrent Baysinger, who entered the game to start the inning. Baysinger hit Ellsbury with a pitch tolead off the inning and Richie drove him home with a double. An RBI single from Lissman and arun-scoring triple from Aaron Mathews followed in the inning, extending the Beavers lead to 7-3.

The Huskies and Beavers continue the series Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in front of what is expected tobe a capacity crowd.

LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceOregon State 7, #21 Washington 3Washington       010 002 000 -- 3  9 0Oregon State     011 020 30x -- 7 10 1Kyle Parker, Trent Baysinger (7), Richie Lentz (7) andAaron Hathaway. Josh Postlewait, Nathan Pendley (6), Jared Sanders(6), Kevin Gunderson (8) and Paul Richie. W - Postlewait (9-2). L- Parker (2-2). 2B - UW, Tyler Mach, Nick Batkoski; OSU, Richie.3B - OSU, Cole Gillespie, Aaron Mathews. HR - OSU, Richie (3). T -3:02. A - 1,271. Records: UW 24-14-1, 8-5 Pac-10; OSU 27-12, 7-6 Pac-10.
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