Maxwell, Jenkins Key Beavers' Series Sweep

April 24, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Anton Maxwell pitched a one-hitter in the opener and then Andy Jenkins' three-run, eighth-inning double provided the winning runs in the second game as No. 16 Oregon State swept Washington State 8-1 and 7-6 in Pacific-10 baseball Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU's Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 19 games as the Beavers (30-7 overall, 9-3 Pac-10) completed a three-game series sweep of the Cougars (18-23, 0-12) before 1,476 fans.

OSU and No. 20 Arizona State are both one game behind No. 6 Arizona. The Beavers and Sun Devils will break that tie next weekend at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field with a series Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.; all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

'Our guys fought hard. They came back and got over the hump and won that Sunday game,' said Oregon State head coach Pat Casey, whose teams have now reached the 30-win mark in seven of his 11 seasons at the school. 'The guys got the reward, and it's neat that they swept at home. Washington State didn't come in here and roll over, they put up a heck of a fight and I thought they played well.

'Now the deal is set for next weekend. I hope we understand that we've got a few days to get better for next weekend, and there are some things we've got to get better at.'

On Sunday, Maxwell pitched the first individual one-hitter by a Beaver since B.R. Cook blanked OklahomaState 1-0 in 1999 (OSU did have a combined one-hitter by Dallas Buck, Kevin Joslyn and Kurt Steele against New Mexico State on Opening Day this season). The sophomore lefthander allowed only Brady Everett's two-out homer in the top of the sixth inning; he walked four and struck out seven as he improved his record to 7-0.

'It wasn't my strongest start at the beginning of the game, but as the game went on guys were making great plays and working out there on defense, and I started making the pitches and getting stronger as the game went on,' Maxwell said. 'In the sixth inning, I started feeling stronger than I did in the first inning.'

Maxwell, who had taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning against California-Davis on Feb. 19, wasn't necessarily aware that he once again faced that possibility.

'I really don't think about that stuff,' Maxwell said. 'I just want to get a win for the team.'

He did know that Everett's drive was headed over the right-centerfield fence when the ball was hit, though.

'I just kind of shook my head, then you've got to come after the next guy,' said Maxwell, who has put together two straight strong starts after being rocked in a no decision at Stanford on April 9. 'If you get knocked around, you can get re-focused and think about what you want to do - what you're doing wrong, what you need to improve on. That's what I've been working on during the week.'

The Beavers had given him a 3-0 lead in the first inning, keyed by Darwin Barney's two-run double down the leftfield line. OSU increased the advantage to 5-0 in the second inning when Jenkins singled home a run and Cole Gillespie tacked on the first of his two sacrifice flies in the game.

Ellsbury who had already extended his hitting streak with a single in the third inning, added his team-high sixth homer of the season in the bottom of the eighth and Jenkins later added another run-scoring single.

Jenkins finished the series 8-for-13 with a double, seven runs batted on, two runs scored, two walks and a stolen base and he'd driven in the game-ending run in Friday's 5-4 OSU win, but the senior first baseman's biggest highlight of the weekend was yet to come.

In the second game, the Cougars put together a four-run top of the eighth inning to take their first lead of the day at 6-4. The normally steady Nate Fogle allowed three hits and a wild pitch to tie the game, then against Kevin Gunderson the Cougars got a two-out, bad-hop single from Jeff Miller that bounced high over shortstop Barney to score the final two runs of the inning and set the stage for OSU's rally.

'That's what it's all about, picking each other up,' Jenkins said. 'Baseball is a sport where anything can happen to any team, whether you're 0-11 or 20-0, it doesn't matter. It's all about picking each other up.'

In the bottom of the inning, Chris Kunda's single through the left side, Ellsbury being hit by pitch and Tyler Graham's bunt single loaded the bases; after WSU reliever Brett Sommer induced a grounder to get a force out at the plate, Jenkins drove the first pitch he saw into the gap in right-centerfield. All three runners scored to put the Beavers in front 7-6.

'I swung the bat well and I saw the ball well this weekend,' said Jenkins, who now has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .388 this season. 'In that situation, I'd faced the guy earlier, a sidewinder, and I knew he was right around the plate so I felt I was going to get something in the middle of the zone. It turns out the first pitch was right there, and I jumped on it ... I saw a lot of green grass out there. I saw the rightfielder playing way over to the line trying to protect for no doubles in that situation, and it was a good spot to be.'

Said Casey of Jenkins: 'He's the chauffeur - he's driving everybody home. He's getting it done.'

In the ninth, OSU lefthander Kevin Gunderson gave up a pair of one-out groundball singles to Kaeo Rubin and Jay Miller to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. But third baseman Shea McFeely made a long run to the end of the Oregon State dugout to catch a foul ball for the second out, then Everett grounded to Barney for a fielder's choice to end the game.

Gunderson got his second win of the weekend for his two innings of work, as in both Friday night's game and Sunday's finale he was the winner while Travis Webb took the loss for WSU. OSU starter Jonah Nickerson received no decision for his 5 2/3 innings in which he allowed two runs (none earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out five.

Ellsbury's 4-for-7 afternoon put his batting average at .451 for the season; he led the Pac-10 batting race heading into the week. Graham's 6-for-11 day moved him up to .339 and he also stole a pair of bases, making him 15-for-15 this season. Mike Lissman was also 2-for-2 for OSU in the opener, his first multi-hit game since March 22 at Portland, and in the second game Mitch Canham delivered his fourth homer of the season for OSU.

GAME ONE - NO. 16 OREGON STATE 8, WASHINGTON STATE 1

Washington State     000 001 000 - 1  1 1Oregon State         320 100 02x - 8 12 0

Freeman, Dingwall (8) and Everett. Maxwell and Priseman. W-Maxwell (7-0). L-Jam. Freeman (6-4). 2B-Graham (OSU), Barney (OSU). HR-Everett (WSU), Ellsbury (OSU).

HITS: Washington State 1 (Everett 1), Oregon State 12 (Ellsbury 2x4, Graham 3x4, Barney 1x4, Jenkins 3x5, McFeely 1x4, Lissman 2x2). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington State 1 (Everett 1), Oregon State 7 (Ellsbury 1, Barney 2, Jenkins 2, Gillespie 2).

GAME TWO - NO. 16 OREGON STATE 7, WASHINGTON STATE 6

Washington State     000 110 040 - 6 11 1Oregon State         022 000 03x - 7 10 2

Cebula, Daman (3), Webb (8), Sommer (8), Kost (8), Renkert (8) and Everett. Nickerson, Fogle (6), Gunderson (8) and Canham. W-Gunderson (4-2). L-Webb (0-5). 2B-Kosturos (WSU), Jenkins (OSU). HR-Canham (OSU).

HITS: Washington State 11 (Rubin 1x5, Jay Miller 2x5, Kosturos 1x5, Everett 3x5, Jas. Freeman 2x3, Je. Miller 1x4, Thomas 1x3), Oregon State 10 (Ellsbury 2x3, Graham 3x5, Jenkins 2x4, Barney 1x5, Canham 1x3, Kunda 1x1). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington State 5 (Everett 1, Jas. Freeman 1, Je. Miller 2, Thomas 1), Oregon State 7 (Graham 2, Jenkins 3, Canham 2).

GAME ONE

Washington State 1 (18-22,0-11 PAC-10) Oregon State 8 (29-7,8-3 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Kaeo Rubin rf.............. 3 0 0 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 4 2 2 1Jason Freeman cf........... 2 0 0 0 Tyler Graham lf............ 4 4 3 0Jay Miller lf.............. 3 0 0 0 Darwin Barney ss........... 4 2 1 2Brady Everett c............ 4 1 1 1 Andy Jenkins 1b............ 5 0 3 2Jim Murphy 1b.............. 3 0 0 0 Cole Gillespie dh.......... 3 0 0 2Zach McAngus 3b............ 3 0 0 0 Shea McFeely 3b............ 4 0 1 0Zach Franklin dh........... 3 0 0 0 Mike Lissman rf............ 2 0 2 0Jeff Miller 2b............. 2 0 0 0 Danny Anderson rf......... 0 0 0 0Matthew Thomas ss.......... 2 0 0 0 Casey Priseman c........... 2 0 0 0James Freeman p............ 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 4 0 0 0 Eric Dingwall p........... 0 0 0 0 Anton Maxwell p............ 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 25 1 1 1 Totals..................... 32 8 12 7

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Washington State.... 000 001 000 - 1 1 1Oregon State........ 320 100 02X - 8 12 0-------------------------------------------

E - McAngus. DP - Wash. St. 1; Oregon St. 2. LOB - Wash. St. 4; Oregon St. 9. 2B -Graham; Barney. HR - Everett; Ellsbury. HBP - Rubin; Jas.Freeman. SH - Jas.Freeman;Priseman. SF - Gillespie 2. SB - Graham; Jenkins; Lissman. CS - McFeely.

Washington State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------James Freeman L,6-4....... 7.0 9 6 5 6 3Eric Dingwall ............. 1.0 3 2 2 0 0

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Anton Maxwell W,7-0....... 9.0 1 1 1 4 7

HBP - by Maxwell (Rubin); by Maxwell (Jas.Freeman). BK - Jam.Freeman; Dingwall.

Umpires - HP: Steve Mattingly 1B: Tony Norris 3B: Bill SpeckStart: 12:04 PM Time: 2:38

GAME TWO

Washington State 6 (18-23,0-12 PAC-10) Oregon State 7 (30-7,9-3 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Kaeo Rubin rf.............. 5 0 1 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 3 1 2 0Jay Miller lf.............. 5 1 2 0 Tyler Graham lf............ 5 1 3 2Zach Kosturos dh........... 5 2 1 0 Chris Campos rf............ 3 0 0 0Brady Everett c............ 5 1 3 1 Geoff Wagner ph/rf........ 1 0 0 0Jason Freeman cf........... 3 0 2 1 Cole Gillespie ph......... 1 1 0 0Zach McAngus 3b............ 3 0 0 0 Danny Anderson rf......... 0 0 0 0Jim Murphy 1b.............. 3 1 0 0 Andy Jenkins 1b............ 4 1 2 3Jeff Miller 2b............. 4 1 1 2 Darwin Barney ss........... 5 0 1 0Matthew Thomas ss.......... 3 0 1 1 Mitch Canham c............. 3 1 1 2 Zach Franklin ph.......... 1 0 0 0 Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 1 0 0Nick Cebula p.............. 0 0 0 0 Mike Lissman dh............ 4 0 0 0 Wayne Daman Jr. p......... 0 0 0 0 Ryan Gipson 2b............. 1 1 0 0 Travis Webb p............. 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............ 1 0 1 0 Brett Sommer p............ 0 0 0 0 Jonah Nickerson p.......... 0 0 0 0 Steve Kost p.............. 0 0 0 0 Nate Fogle p.............. 0 0 0 0 Dane Renkert p............ 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 37 6 11 5 Totals..................... 34 7 10 7

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Washington State.... 000 110 040 - 6 11 1Oregon State........ 022 000 03X - 7 10 2-------------------------------------------

E - Thomas; Barney; Gipson. DP - Oregon St. 1. LOB - Wash. St. 7; Oregon St. 12. 2B- Kosturos; Jenkins. HR - Canham. HBP - Ellsbury. SH - Jas.Freeman. SB - Murphy;Graham. CS - Je.Miller.

Washington State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Nick Cebula ............... 2.0 3 2 2 3 2Wayne Daman Jr. ........... 5.0 5 3 3 4 2Travis Webb L,0-5......... 0.0 1 2 2 0 0Brett Sommer .............. 0.2 1 0 0 0 1Steve Kost ................ 0.0 0 0 0 1 0Dane Renkert .............. 0.1 0 0 0 0 0

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Jonah Nickerson ........... 5.2 5 2 0 1 5Nate Fogle ................ 1.1 3 3 3 0 0Kevin Gunderson W,4-2..... 2.0 3 1 1 1 0

WP - Kost; Fogle. HBP - by Webb (Ellsbury). PB - Canham.

Umpires - HP: Tony Norris 1B: Bill Speck 3B: Steve MattinglyStart: 3:26 PM Time: 3:28 Attendance: 1476

Game notes:Fogle faced 3 batters in the 8th.Daman faced 1 batter in the 8th.Webb faced 2 batters in the 8th.Kost faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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