OSU Leads 5-1 When Baseball Game Suspended

March 28, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's non-conference baseball game against Brigham Young was suspended due to rain Monday night with OSU leading 5-1 in the middle of the fifth inning. The game will be resumed on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, to be followed by the regularly-scheduled game between the Beavers (19-4) and Cougars (17-5-1).

The start of the game was delayed 39 minutes by rain, there was a stiff wind blowing from the southwest and persistent sprinkles dampened the final few innings of action. By the time the game was suspended at 7:28 p.m., the Beavers had used a three-run fourth inning to widen their lead before 248 hardy fans.

The frame started with Darwin Barney's infield single, then he was sacrificed to second by Mike Lissman; a pair of errors on the play allowed Lissman to reach second and Barney to take third. Ryan Gipson's double to center scored Barney and sent Lissman to third, then Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by pitch to load the bases.

Brigham Young then brought on Anthony Bingham to relieve Mitch Woolf, and Bingham got Tyler Graham to bounce into a fielder's choice that nailed Lissman at the plate. Andy Jenkins' flyout to right wasn't deep enough to bring home a run, but with two out Geoff Wagner got an infield single to drive in one run and Shea McFeely drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-1.

Jonah Nickerson pitched the first five innings for Oregon State, allowing just one unearned run on five hits and no walks while striking out eight.

OSU had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Mitch Canham led off with a walk and eventually scored on Lissman's sacrifice fly. BYU tied the game in the top of the third when Casey Cloward reached on a two-out error, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Sean McNaughton's single to right-center.

Oregon State regained the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the third when Graham walked, took second on Jenkins' single to right, reached third as Geoff Wagner walked and scored on a wild pitch.

Kory Knell was 2-for-2 and McNaughton was 2-for-3 for Brigham Young.

In the college baseball rankings that were issued Monday, the Beavers gained ground on one list, retained their position in another and lost ground in a third after going 3-1 last week. OSU moved up from No. 28 to No. 27 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings, stayed at No. 18 in the Baseball America magazine rankings, and slipped from No. 23 to No. 27 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

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