Beavers Sweep UCSB, Take Eighth Straight

Feb. 27, 2005

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Oregon State used a five-run third inning to take a 5-3 win over California-Santa Barbara in non-conference baseball Sunday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, giving the Beavers (9-1 overall) a sweep of the three-game series. OSU has won eight straight games, its longest winning streak since a 10-gamer in 1998, and Oregon State's 9-1 start is its best since 1994, when the Beavers also won nine of their first 10.

OSU now returns home for a three-game series against California-Riverside at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, with games Friday at 3 p.m. (one hour earlier than on some previous schedules), Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sunday's win gave the Beavers the sweep of a UCSB team that had won its first three series of the season over Pepperdine, San Jose State and Fresno State.

'It's tough to win on the road and tough to sweep anybody, but to sweep a good club should give our guys some momentum with UC-Riverside coming to town,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'They just went in and won two of three at Arizona, so we're going to have to get better at the plate.

'We did a few things at the end of the game defensively that weren't very sharp. Our pitching was good from start to finish and we really defended well on the whole; we just had a few situations at the end of the game where we could have done a little better job. When you get a three-game sweep you usually just sit back and enjoy it and make sure you're ready to go the next week, and we've got a very good club coming in with UC-Riverside.'

Jonah Nickerson finally gave up his first run of 2005 but earned the pitching win to improve to 2-0 this season, striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings. Kevin Gunderson went the final 2 1/3 innings for the save, his second of the series and third of the season.

Nickerson, a sophomore righthander, allowed a solo homer by UCSB's Chris Malec with two out in the first inning after pitching his first 9 2/3 innings of the season without giving up a run.

The Beavers went in front in the top of the third inning against Gaucho righthander Andy Graham, scoring five times on five hits, three walks and an error. After Mitch Canham drew a bases-loaded walk to even the game with none out, Mike Lissman grounded into a fielder's choice but Tyler Graham was able to score the go-ahead run on an error on the play.

Joey Ledesma followed with a two-run single through the left side, then Shea McFeely doubled down the leftfield line to drive in another run and make it 5-1. By then, Nickerson was in the midst of a stretch in which he retired 10 straight UCSB hitters and 14 of 16; David Figoni ended that with a solo homer to make it 5-2.

After Gunderson pitched out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the bottom of the seventh, the Gauchos came up with a run on two hits and an error in the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-3. They still had the bases loaded with two out, but Gunderson got Matt Kalafatis to ground out to end the inning and the threat.

Ledesma was 2-for-3 for the Beavers and Andy Jenkins was 2-for-4. OSU's Jacoby Ellsbury had a fourth-inning to give him a hit in all 10 of OSU's games this spring, but Lissman saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end.

OREGON STATE 5, CALIFORNIA-SANTA BARBARA 3

Oregon State         005 000 000 - 5 8 1UC-Santa Barbara     100 001 010 - 3 6 2

Nickerson, Joslyn (6), Steele (7), Gunderson (7) and Canham, Munich (8). Graham, Segal (3), Fraser (8) and Kalafatis. W-Nickerson (2-0). L-Graham (2-1). Sv-Gunderson (3). 2B-McFeely (OSU). HR-Malec (UCSB), Figoni (UCSB).

HITS: Oregon State 8 (Graham 1x4, Ellsbury 1x4, Ledesma 2x3, McFeely 1x4, Jenkins 2x4, Gipson 1x3), UC-Santa Barbara 6 (Figoni 3x5, Malec 1x5, Wilkerson 1x3, Rowe 1x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 4 (Canham 1, Ledesma 2, McFeely 1), UC-Santa Barbara 3 (Figoni 1, Malec 1, Wilkerson 1).

Oregon State 5 (9-1)                          Calif.-Santa Barbara 3 (7-6)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Tyler Graham rf/lf......... 4 1 1 0 Matt Emerick cf............ 4 0 0 0Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 4 0 1 0 David Harrit ph........... 1 0 0 0Mitch Canham c............. 3 1 0 1 David Figoni 3b............ 5 2 3 1 Billy Munich c............ 0 0 0 0 Chris Malec 2b............. 5 1 1 1Mike Lissman lf............ 4 1 0 0 Matt Wilkerson rf.......... 3 0 1 1 Danny Anderson rf......... 0 0 0 0 Bill Rowe 1b............... 4 0 1 0Joey Ledesma dh............ 3 1 2 2 Chris Valaika ss........... 3 0 0 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 4 0 1 1 Matt Aidem dh.............. 2 0 0 0Andy Jenkins 1b............ 4 0 2 0 Matt Kalafatis c........... 3 0 0 0Lonnie Lechelt ss.......... 2 0 0 0 C.J. Cook lf............... 2 0 0 0 Darwin Barney ss.......... 1 0 0 0 Matt Stevens ph/lf........ 2 0 0 0Ryan Gipson 2b............. 3 1 1 0 Andy Graham p.............. 0 0 0 0 Geoff Wagner ph........... 1 0 0 0 Justin Segal p............ 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............ 0 0 0 0 Loren Fraser p............ 0 0 0 0Jonah Nickerson p.......... 0 0 0 0 Kevin Joslyn p............ 0 0 0 0 Kurt Steele p............. 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 33 5 8 4 Totals..................... 34 3 6 3

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 005 000 000 - 5 8 2Calif.-Santa Barbara 100 001 010 - 3 6 1-------------------------------------------

E - Canham; McFeely; Figoni. DP - UC-S.Barbara 2. LOB - Oregon St. 6; UC-S.Barbara9. 2B - McFeely. HR - Figoni; Malec. HBP - Kalafatis. SB - Graham; Ellsbury;Jenkins. Reached on CI - Valaika.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Jonah Nickerson W,2-0..... 5.2 3 2 2 1 9Kevin Joslyn .............. 0.2 0 0 0 1 0Kurt Steele ............... 0.0 0 0 0 0 0Kevin Gunderson S,3....... 2.2 3 1 1 1 4

Calif.-Santa Barbara IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Andy Graham L,2-1......... 2.1 5 5 4 3 0Justin Segal .............. 5.1 3 0 0 2 6Loren Fraser .............. 1.1 0 0 0 0 1

WP - Graham. HBP - by Steele (Kalafatis). CI - Canham.

Umpires - HP: Mel Gatson 1B: Dick Flaherty 3B: Chuck LyonStart: 12:00 pm Time: 2:51 Attendance: 173

Steele faced 1 batter in the 7th.

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