Big Ninth Inning Costs Beavers Win

May 1, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State took a one-run lead into the ninth inning only to see Washington score 13 times as the Beavers fell 26-14 in Pacific-10 baseball Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. A sellout crowd of 2,008 - the largest since the ballpark's 1999 renovation - watched the teams combine for 40 runs on 41 hits in the 4-hour, 19-minute affair.

OSU (27-13 overall, 7-7 Pacific-10) and Washington (25-14-1, 9-5) wrap up their series Sunday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

Washington's 13-run ninth inning Saturday came on 11 hits, a walk and a hit batter. It included a trio of two-run homers off Chad Schroeder, a freshman infielder who went to the mound to finish off the game after the score reached 20-14.

Oregon State had taken a 14-13 lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, as Aaron Mathews drew a bases-loaded walk with two out to the tie the game and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a passed ball to put OSU in front. Mathews, a junior outfielder, extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a 4-for-5 day that included a pair of solo homers; it was his fifth four-hit game of the season and gave him seven homers this season.

Tony Calderon also had a big day. The senior shortstop who has struggled at the plate much of this season was 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs.

'It was definitely a mixed day - it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to,' Calderon said. 'I had a career high in RBIs but we didn't come out with the 'W', which is the most important thing. We've got to come out again Sunday and put it together.'

It was a bizarre afternoon that saw Washington lead most of the way only to have OSU come back and tie the game at 2-2 and 5-5. After the Huskies went in front 9-5, the Beavers scored three times in the fifth and sixth innings to take an 11-9 lead; Washington then scored four times in the top of the seventh to make it 13-11.

It was the sort of afternoon that Calderon said had a strange feeling to it all the way through.

'Oh my gosh, yeah - especially that ninth inning,' Calderon said. 'I've never seen anything like that ... it was a pretty amazing offensive effort by both sides.'

With the 14-13 lead, OSU called on Kevin Gunderson to try and close out the game against the top of the Huskies' order. Gunderson, who had thrown just 24 pitches in two scoreless innings in the Beavers' 7-3 win Friday night, got a ground ball from Brent Lillibridge that was just out of the reach of Calderon up the middle for a leadoff single.

Gunderson then hit Greg Isaacson as he was trying to bunt the tying run into scoring position and gave up a game-tying single through the left side to Zach Clem and a two-run double to Kyle Larsen that just eluded OSU centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury at the fence and put Washington up 16-14. Ben Rowe came to the mound at that point and allowed a two-run triple to Nick Batkoski and a run-scoring single to Tyler Mach, then got two outs before surrendering a two-run homer to Taylor Johnson that made it 20-14.

Tyler Graham tied his career high with three hits for OSU, coming off the bench to go 3-for-3, and Mike Lissman had his fifth homer of the year.

The loss was just OSU's second loss in its last 10 games, and it was the first time the Beavers had lost to the Huskies in five meetings this season. Despite Saturday's lopsided final score, Oregon State can take the series with a win on Sunday.

'That's the good thing about baseball - you get to play every day,' Calderon said. 'If something doesn't go right today, you can always go right back tomorrow and hopefully we can turn that around.'

WASHINGTON 26, OREGON STATE 14Washington    203 220 40(13) - 26 24 1Oregon State  023 033 120    - 14 17 4

Kasser, Baysinger (5), Lentz (7), Hawkins (8), Fenton (8), Ponzoha (9)and Hathaway, B. Johnson (5). Buck, Aselton (5), McCormick (7), Sanders (7), Pendley(7), Gunderson (9), Rowe (9), Schroeder (9) and Richie. W-Fenton (6-3). L-Gunderson(5-2). 2B-Isaacson (UW), Larsen 2 (UW), Hathaway (UW), Gillespie (OSU). 3B-Batkoski(UW). HR-Isaacson (UW), Larsen (UW), Mach (UW), T. Johnson (UW), Lissman (OSU),Mathews 2 (OSU).

HITS: Washington 24 (Lillibridge 4x5, Isacson 4x4, Clem 2x5, Larsen4x6, Batkoski 3x7, Mach 2x3, Hathaway 1x3, Otness 2x5, T. Johnson 2x4), Oregon State17 (Richie 1x4, Lissman 1x6, Graham 3x3, Mathews 4x5, Gillespie 2x6, McFeely 2x2,Calderon 3x4, Kunda 1x2). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington 24 (Isaacson 5, Clem 2, Larsen 6, Batkoski 4, Mach 3, Hathaway 1, Otness 1, T. Johnson 2), Oregon State 13 (Ellsbury 1,Richie 1, Lissman 1, Mathews 3, Calderon 6, Kunda 1).

Washington 26 (25-14-1,9-5 PAC-10) Oregon State 14 (27-13,7-7 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Brent Lillibridge cf....... 5 5 4 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 4 1 0 1Greg Isaacson 2b........... 4 5 4 5 Paul Richie c.............. 4 0 1 1 Brian Bauer 2b............ 0 0 0 0 Mike Lissman dh............ 6 1 1 1Zach Clem lf............... 5 3 2 2 Chris Campos lf............ 3 0 0 0Kyle Larsen 1b............. 6 2 4 6 Tyler Graham lf........... 3 1 3 0Nick Batkoski ss........... 7 3 3 4 Aaron Mathews rf........... 5 3 4 3Matt Lane dh............... 3 1 0 0 Cole Gillespie 1b.......... 6 3 2 0 Tyler Mach ph/dh.......... 3 2 2 3 Shea McFeely 3b............ 2 3 2 0Aaron Hathaway c........... 3 1 1 1 Mike Hass ph.............. 1 0 0 0 Ben Johnson c............. 4 0 0 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 4 1 3 6John Otness 3b............. 5 1 2 1 Billy Munich ph........... 1 0 0 0Taylor Johnson rf.......... 4 3 2 2 Chris Kunda 2b............. 2 1 1 1Matt Kasser p.............. 0 0 0 0 Andy Jenkins ph........... 1 0 0 0 Trent Baysinger p......... 0 0 0 0 Dallas Buck p.............. 0 0 0 0 Richie Lentz p............ 0 0 0 0 Kyle Aselton p............ 0 0 0 0 Jamie Hawkins p........... 0 0 0 0 Jake McCormick p.......... 0 0 0 0 Will Fenton p............. 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Jordan Ponzoha p.......... 0 0 0 0 Nathan Pendley p.......... 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0 Ben Rowe p................ 0 0 0 0 Chad Schroeder p.......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 49 26 24 24 Totals..................... 42 14 17 13

Score by Innings R H E----------------------------------------------Washington.......... 203 220 40(13) - 26 24 1Oregon State........ 023 033 120 - 14 17 4----------------------------------------------

E - Isaacson; Mathews; Gillespie 2; McFeely. DP - Oregon St. 3. LOB - Washington 8;Oregon St. 13. 2B - Isaacson; Larsen 2; Hathaway; Gillespie. 3B - Batkoski. HR -Isaacson; Larsen; Mach; T.Johnson; Lissman; Mathews 2. HBP - Isaacson 2; Clem;McFeely. SH - Kunda 2. SF - Otness; Calderon. SB - Mathews.

Washington IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Matt Kasser ............... 4.0 9 8 4 4 3Trent Baysinger ........... 2.2 7 4 4 0 2Richie Lentz .............. 0.1 0 1 1 2 1Jamie Hawkins ............. 0.0 0 1 0 1 0Will Fenton W,6-3......... 1.0 1 0 0 1 0Jordan Ponzoha ............ 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Dallas Buck ............... 4.2 7 9 6 6 1Kyle Aselton .............. 1.2 3 2 2 1 1Jake McCormick ............ 0.0 1 2 2 0 0Jared Sanders ............. 0.1 2 0 0 0 1Nathan Pendley ............ 1.1 0 0 0 0 0Kevin Gunderson L,5-2..... 0.0 3 4 4 0 0Ben Rowe .................. 0.2 4 4 4 0 0Chad Schroeder ............ 0.1 4 5 5 1 1

WP - Buck. HBP - by Buck (Clem); by Baysinger (McFeely); by McCormick (Isaacson); byGunderson (Isaacson). PB - Hathaway; B.Johnson.

Umpires - HP: Mark Beller 1B: Phil Benson 3B: Bill SpeckStart: 3:59 pm Time: 4:19 Attendance: 2008

Kasser faced 3 batters in the 5th.McCormick faced 2 batters in the 7th.Lentz faced 1 batter in the 8th.Hawkins faced 1 batter in the 8th.Gunderson faced 4 batters in the 9th.

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