Beavers Top Wintrhop To End Tourney

March 13, 2005

MALIBU, Calif. - Chris Campos was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in for Oregon State in an 8-2 win over Winthrop in non-conference baseball Sunday morning at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Pitcher Jonah Nickerson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and a shutout into the eighth for the Beavers (13-3 overall), who placed second to host Pepperdine in the four-team Yellow Book USA Classic.

OSU, ranked as high as 22nd nationally during the past week, now plays its next dozen games in the state, starting with a three-game series against Sacramento State next weekend at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers and Hornets will meet Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

Against Winthrop (15-5), Campos had hits his first three times up and his two-run double in the top of the sixth inning put the Beavers up 3-0. It gave Campos hits in five straight plate appearances over two games after he had come off the bench to double twice against Pepperdine on Saturday; during the weekend, the senior outfielder raised his batting average from .111 to .292.

'I've just been seeing the ball and reacting to it,' Campos said. 'I've been adjusting my swing a little bit and it helped out today.'

Mitch Canham's second homer of the season had given the Beavers a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, and he finished 2-for-2 with three walks and four runs scored. The sophomore catcher/first baseman raised his batting average to .435.

Nickerson, a sophomore righthander, didn't allow a hit until Ben Erhlich led off the sixth inning with a single through the right side. The Eagles, ranked in several national polls this week, didn't score until Matt Repec started the eighth with a homer to leftfield to make it 4-1.

'We just try to go out there and run zeroes up there every inning and let our defense do the rest of the work, said Nickerson, whose record is now 3-0 with an earned run average of 0.96.

Nickerson had to get out of a second-and-third, none-out jam after an error, a hit batter and a wild pitch to start the bottom of the second. He responded by striking out Kyle Roberson, Repec and Alan Robbins to maintain the Beavers' 1-0 lead.

'I was just trying to throw strikes and get ahead of the hitters and make them hit my pitch,' Nickerson said. 'It worked out that I ended up striking out the side ... I wasn't trying to do that; I was just trying to get ahead of the hitters and hit my spots.'

The strikeouts started a run of 12 straight hitters that Nickerson would retire. He left after the homer by Repec; in seven-plus innings, he allowed the one run on three hits and no walks while striking out six.

Kevin Gunderson then had to work out of some trouble of his own in the bottom of the eighth en route to his fifth save of the season and second of the weekend. A pair of hits and an error loaded the bases with one out, then Daniel Carte blooped a single down the rightfield line to make it 4-2 and keep the bases loaded.

That brought designated hitter Jacob Dempsey to the plate with his .448 batting average and 20 RBIs. He nubbed a grounder at shortstop Darwin Barney, who threw to second baseman Chris Kunda for one out; Kunda's relay to first didn't arrive in time to get Dempsey but it was ruled that Carte had interfered with Kunda while sliding into second. Dempsey was called out and the Beavers were out of the inning still leading 4-2.

OSU removed any remaining suspense in the top of the ninth, scoring four times on three hits and three Eagle errors. Barney had a run-scoring single, his second of the day for OSU, and Kunda also had an infield single to drive in a run during the inning.

Gunderson's five saves this season moved him into a tie for fourth on Oregon State's all-time list of single-season leaders. He now has eighth in his career, putting him in fourth place on OSU's all-time list.

Barney was 2-for-3 for the Beavers with his two RBIs, while Jenkins was 2-for-5 and is now batting .455 this season. Tyler Graham had a pair of stolen bases for the Beavers, giving him five for the year.

OREGON STATE 8, WINTHROP 2

Oregon State  010 002 104 - 8 10 2Winthrop      000 000 020 - 2  6 4

Nickerson, Gunderson (8) and Canham, Munich (9). Nasiatka, Settle (6), Terry (6), Stencel (7), Wilson (8) and Robbins. W-Nickerson (3-0). L-Nasiatka (2-1). Sv-Gunderson (5). 2B-Campos (OSU). HR-Canham (OSU).

HITS: Oregon State 10 (Jenkins 2x5, Canham 2x2, Barney 2x3, Campos 3x4, Kunda 1x2), Winthrop 6 (Carrara 1x4, Carte 1x4, Repec 1x4, Robbins 1x3, Ehrlich 2x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 7 (Canham 1, Barney 2, Campos 3, Kunda 1), Winthrop 2 (Carte 1, Repec 1).

Oregon State 8 (13-3)                         Winthrop 2 (15-5)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 5 0 0 0 Chris Carrara 2b........... 4 0 1 0Tyler Graham rf............ 4 1 0 0 Heath Rollins 1b........... 4 0 0 0Joey Ledesma dh............ 3 0 0 0 Daniel Carte rf............ 4 0 1 1 Mike Lissman ph/dh........ 1 1 0 0 Jacob Dempsey dh........... 4 0 0 0Andy Jenkins 1b............ 5 2 2 0 Tommy Lentz cf............. 3 0 0 0Mitch Canham c............. 2 4 2 1 Kyle Roberson lf........... 4 0 0 0 Billy Munich c............ 0 0 0 0 Matt Repec ss.............. 4 1 1 1Darwin Barney ss........... 3 0 2 2 Alan Robbins c............. 3 1 1 0Chris Campos lf............ 4 0 3 3 Ben Ehrlich 3b............. 3 0 2 0 Danny Anderson lf......... 0 0 0 0 Ryan Nasiatka p............ 0 0 0 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 0 0 0 Jonathan Settle p......... 0 0 0 0Ryan Gipson 2b............. 1 0 0 0 Jason Terry p............. 0 0 0 0 Cole Gillespie ph......... 0 0 0 0 Ray Stencel p............. 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............ 2 0 1 1 Jon Wilson p.............. 0 0 0 0Jonah Nickerson p.......... 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 33 8 10 7 Totals..................... 33 2 6 2

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 010 002 104 - 8 10 2Winthrop............ 000 000 020 - 2 6 4-------------------------------------------

E - Jenkins; Kunda; Carrara 2; Ehrlich; Nasiatka. DP - Oregon St. 2; Winthrop 1. LOB- Oregon St. 10; Winthrop 5. 2B - Campos. HR - Canham; Repec. HBP - Gipson; Lentz.SH - Barney 2. SF - Campos. SB - Graham 2; Barney.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Jonah Nickerson W,3-0..... 7.0 3 1 1 0 6Kevin Gunderson S,5....... 2.0 3 1 1 0 1

Winthrop IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Ryan Nasiatka L,2-1....... 5.1 6 3 3 3 1Jonathan Settle ........... 0.0 0 0 0 2 0Jason Terry ............... 1.1 0 1 1 1 1Ray Stencel ............... 1.0 1 0 0 0 1Jon Wilson ................ 1.1 3 4 2 2 1

WP - Nickerson. HBP - by Nickerson (Lentz); by Nasiatka (Gipson). BK - Terry.

Umpires - HP: Ryan Bleiberg 1B: Scott Cusator 3B: Rick WilsonStart: 10:01 am Time: 3:07 Attendance: 189

Settle faced 2 batters in the 6th.Nickerson faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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