Beavers Beaten By Portland 6-2 In Baseball

May 4, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. - Aaron Mathews' hitting streak ended at 21 games as Oregon State lost to Portland 6-2 in non-conference baseball Tuesday afternoon at Pilot Stadium. The Beavers (27-15 overall, 7-8 Pacific-10) lost their third straight for the first time this season and saw the end of a 10-game winning streak in their series with the Pilots (10-33, 5-16 West Coast).

OSU is now idle until May 14, when the Beavers begin a Pac-10 series at Arizona State.

On Tuesday, it was one first-inning play that ended Mathews' streak and seemed to give Portland a boost that carried it to the win. With one out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled through the right side; Mathews then drove a ball toward the 350-foot marker down the leftfield line. UP leftfielder Nik Kosach went back and to his right, found the fence, leapt and pulled the ball back to rob Mathews of a two-run homer.

OSU eventually plated Ellsbury on Mike Lissman's single, but the Beavers helped the Pilots back into a tie by misplaying a pair of flyballs hit against pitcher Andy Baldwin in the bottom of the first inning. Mathews had a fly to right drop that turned into a single for Gustaf Little, then Kosach's drive fooled centerfielder Ellsbury into breaking in and the ball went over his head for a run-scoring double to make it 1-1.

Portland took a 3-1 the lead in the bottom of the fourth after Travis Vetters led off with a single and went to third on Jeffrey Crinklaw's double. With one out, Justin Pierce singled up the middle to score Vetters and move Crinklaw to third; Pierce was then caught stealing second but when Crinklaw broke for the plate, OSU first baseman Andy Jenkins' return throw to the plate wasn't on the mark.

Portland went in front 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth as an error by third baseman Shea McFeely made two of the innings three runs unearned. Vetters had a two-run single through the right side and Crinklaw added a sacrifice fly in the inning.

OSU had opportunities to get back in the game in the top of the sixth and seventh innings.

In the sixth, Tyler Graham and Ellsbury singled to start the inning but could only get Lissman's sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.

In the seventh, UP starter Brian Cox walked Shea McFeely, gave up a single to Tony Calderon and walked Chris Kunda to load the bases with none out for the top of the order. The Pilots brought in Given Kutz; he got Graham to hit a tapper up the third baseline that turned into a force out at the plate, gave up a line drive to center by Ellsbury that was caught with Calderon failing to tag up at third base, and then struck out Mathews looking on three pitches to end the inning.

Krause had another big play for Portland, possibly robbing Lissman of a homer in the top of the fourth inning when he jumped and caught a ball near the top of the wall. That came just after rightfielder Pierce had made a running catch of a ball Mathews hit into the right-centerfield gap to start the inning.

Ellsbury was 2-for-4 and had his 19th stolen base of the season, moving him into a tie for 10th place on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders.

Mathews' streak had been the longest by an OSU player since Josh Carter had a hit in 26 straight games over the end of the 2000 season and the start of the 2001 season.

Baldwin took the loss to drop his record to 5-4 this season, pitching six innings and giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out five. Jake McCormick pitched a scoreless, hitless 1 2/3 innings for OSU, walking one and striking out two.

Portland's last win over OSU had been on Feb. 19, 2002 by a 5-4 score at Pilot Stadium.

PORTLAND 6, OREGON STATE 2

Oregon State 100 001 000 - 2 7 2Portland 100 220 00x - 6 7 1

Baldwin, McCormick (7), Aselton (8) and Richie, Munich (6). Cox, Kutz(7) and Crinklaw. W-Cox (1-0). L-Baldwin (5-4). Sv-Kutz (1). 2B-Kosach (UP), Crinklaw (UP).

HITS: Oregon State 7 (Graham 1x5, Ellsbury 2x4, Lissman 1x3, Jenkins 1x3,McFeely 1x3, Calderon 1x4), Portland 7 (Little 1x4, Kosach 1x3, Vetters 2x4, Crinklaw 1x2,Pierce 1x4, Rodgers 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 2 (Lissman 2), Portland 5 (Kosach 1,Vetters 2, Crinklaw 1, Pierce 1).

Oregon State 2 (27-15) Portland 6 (10-33)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Tyler Graham lf............ 5 1 1 0 Gustaf Little 2b........... 4 2 1 0Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 4 1 2 0 Nik Kosach lf.............. 3 1 1 1Aaron Mathews rf........... 4 0 0 0 Travis Vetters 3b.......... 4 1 2 2Mike Lissman dh............ 3 0 1 2 Jeffrey Crinklaw c......... 2 1 1 1Andy Jenkins 1b............ 3 0 1 0 Joe Watson dh.............. 4 0 0 0Paul Richie c.............. 2 0 0 0 Justin Pierce rf........... 4 0 1 1 Billy Munich c............ 1 0 0 0 Colton Homme 1b............ 2 0 0 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 0 1 0 Adam Kerr ph/1b........... 1 0 0 0Tony Calderon ss........... 4 0 1 0 Billy Krause cf............ 3 0 0 0Chris Kunda 2b............. 2 0 0 0 Jesse Rodgers ss........... 3 1 1 0 Chris Campos ph........... 0 0 0 0 Brian Cox p................ 0 0 0 0Andy Baldwin p............. 0 0 0 0 Given Kutz p.............. 0 0 0 0 Jake McCormick p.......... 0 0 0 0 Kyle Aselton p............ 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 31 2 7 2 Totals..................... 30 6 7 5

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 100 001 000 - 2 7 2Portland............ 100 230 00X - 6 7 1-------------------------------------------

E - McFeely; Calderon; Crinklaw. DP - Oregon St. 1. LOB - Oregon St. 8; Portland 4.2B - Kosach; Crinklaw. HBP - Homme. SF - Lissman; Crinklaw. SB - Ellsbury; Crinklaw.CS - Pierce.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Andy Baldwin L,5-4........ 6.0 7 6 4 1 5Jake McCormick ............ 1.2 0 0 0 1 2Kyle Aselton .............. 0.1 0 0 0 0 1

Portland IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Brian Cox W,1-0........... 6.0 7 2 2 4 2Given Kutz S,1............ 3.0 0 0 0 1 3

HBP - by Baldwin (Homme).

Umpires - HP: John Black 1B: Mik Hendricksen 3B: Don DurbinStart: 3:01 pm Time: 2:30 Attendance: 128

Cox faced 3 batters in the 7th.

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