Canham, McFeely Belt Beavers To Win

May 14, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Mitch Canham and Shea McFeely hit back-to-back home runs in No. 6 Oregon State's four-run fifth inning as the Beavers beat Washington 7-4 in Pacific-10 baseball Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark. OSU (38-8 overall, 16-4 Pac-10) tied its school record for wins in a season, matching the 1997 team that finished 38-12-1; the Beavers also stayed ahead of Arizona in the games behind column atop the Pac-10 standings.

The Beavers - who had also won 7-0 on Friday night - and Huskies (27-20, 7-10) wrap up their series Sunday at 1 p.m., and the game can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com. OSU then steps away from conference play when it visits Portland on Tuesday at 3 p.m. before returning home for a series against Southern California next weekend.

OSU lefthander Anton Maxwell pitched out of trouble several times and earned the win to improve his record to 9-1. Kevin Gunderson earned his Pac-10 leading 11th save by pitching the final 2 2/3 innings as the Huskies were limited to six hits but were also walked eight times.

'We just don't walk people, but today we got away with it,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Anton made some good pitches. It's great for Mitch and Shea to both hit home runs. I didn't think we played extremely well, but I thought we made some big plays when we needed to. We just stayed with it.'

The Beavers went in front 5-1 in the top of the fifth inning courtesy of the two Washingtonians in their starting lineup, Canham from Lake Stevens and McFeely from Federal Way. After UW starter Kyle Parker retired the first two hitters, Andy Jeknis singled through the left side and Cole Gillespie walked; Canham then drilled a one-ball, two-strike pitch over the rightfield fence for his sixth homer of the year.

McFeely followed by lifting a two-ball, two-strike offering over the fence in left-center. It was the first time OSU had hit back-to-back home runs in over two years, since Aaron Mathews and Andy Jarvis did it against Washington State on April 12, 2003.

Canham finished 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, while McFeely also had a sacrifice fly and made a pair of sterling defensive plays in the late innings to help the Beavers maintain their lead. Both had gone 1-for-5 Friday night to begin the weekend.

'It's kind of a lot of pressure because you're at home and you have a lot of friends and family around,' said Canham, who was also named to the District 8 All-Academic team this past week. 'I didn't have the greatest game Friday, so I relaxed a little more and had a little better day.'

The Beavers clinched the weekend series despite having the Pac-10's leading hitter, Jacoby Ellsbury, go 0-for-7 in the first two games.

'The days that some guys aren't on, other guys are picking them up,' Canham said. 'That's just the way we play.'

Maxwell had to work out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the top of the third after allowing an infield single, a walk and a hit batter; he escaped with a tapper back to the mound, a strikeout and a groundout to keep the Huskies' lead at 1-0 at that point. In his six innings, Maxwell allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out four.

After OSU reliever Nate Fogle allowed a run while getting one out in the bottom of the seventh, Gunderson was summoned into the game with OSU leading 7-4 and runners at first and second. After retiring the next two hitters to get out of that inning, he saw the Huskies start both the eighth and ninth innings with a walk and a hit.

In the eighth, McFeely got him out of the inning by charging a slow roller off the bat of Joey Dunn, barehanding the ball and throwing him out at first. In the ninth with one out, Zach Clem hit a shot just inside third base that McFeely snagged with a backhanded dive, then he straightened up and threw him out for the second out; Gunderson then got Matt Hague to line out to left to end the game.

Andy Jenkins was 2-for-4 for the Beavers, while Tyler Graham extended his hitting streak to seven games.

NO. 6 OREGON STATE 7, WASHINGTON 4

Oregon State  000 140 200 - 7 9 1Washington    100 001 100 - 4 6 2

Maxwell, Fogle (7), Gunderson (7) and Canham, Priseman (9). Parker, Everitt (6), Kasser (7) and Dunn. W-Maxwell (9-1). L-Parker (7-6). Sv-Gunderson (11). HR-Canham (OSU), McFeely (OSU).

HITS: Oregon State 9 (Graham 1x3, Jenkins 2x4, Gillespie 1x4, Canham 3x4, McFeely 1x2, Lissman 1x5), Washington 6 (Lillibridge 1x1, Clem 1x4, Hague 1x5, Larsen 1x3, Rundle 2x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 7 (Canham 3, McFeely 2, Lissman 1, Gipson 1), Washington 3 (Johnson 1, Batkoski 1, Rundle 1).

Oregon State 7 (38-8,16-4 Pac-10)             Washington 4 (27-20,7-10 Pac-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 4 0 0 0 Brent Lillibridge ss....... 1 1 1 0Tyler Graham lf............ 3 0 1 0 Taylor Johnson cf.......... 3 0 0 1Darwin Barney ss........... 4 0 0 0 Zach Clem lf............... 4 1 1 0Andy Jenkins 1b............ 4 2 2 0 Matt Hague rf.............. 5 0 1 0Cole Gillespie rf.......... 4 2 1 0 Nick Batkoski 3b........... 3 0 0 1 Danny Anderson rf......... 0 0 0 0 Kyle Larsen 1b............. 3 0 1 0Mitch Canham c............. 4 2 3 3 Curt Rindal dh............. 3 1 0 0 Casey Priseman c.......... 0 0 0 0 Joey Dunn c................ 4 0 0 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 2 1 1 2 Mike Rundle 2b............. 3 1 2 1Mike Lissman dh............ 5 0 1 1 Kyle Parker p.............. 0 0 0 0Ryan Gipson 2b............. 2 0 0 1 Keaton Everitt p.......... 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............ 0 0 0 0 Matt Kasser p............. 0 0 0 0Anton Maxwell p............ 0 0 0 0 Nate Fogle p.............. 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 32 7 9 7 Totals..................... 29 4 6 3

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 000 140 200 - 7 9 1Washington.......... 100 001 101 - 4 6 2-------------------------------------------

E - Barney; Rundle; Parker. DP - Oregon St. 1; Washington 3. LOB - Oregon St. 10;Washington 9. HR - Canham; McFeely. HBP - Graham; Canham; Johnson; Rindal. SH -Ellsbury. SF - McFeely; Johnson. SB - Graham; B.Lillibrdg.. CS - Gipson;B.Lillibrdg.; Clem.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Anton Maxwell W,9-1....... 6.0 3 2 1 5 4Nate Fogle ................ 0.1 1 1 0 1 1Kevin Gunderson S,11...... 2.2 2 1 0 2 1

Washington IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Kyle Parker L,7-6......... 5.0 7 5 5 5 2Keaton Everitt ............ 1.1 2 2 1 3 1Matt Kasser ............... 2.2 0 0 0 0 1

WP - Maxwell 2; Fogle. HBP - by Parker (Graham); by Maxwell (Johnson); by Everitt(Canham); by Fogle (Rindal). PB - Canham; Priseman.

Umpires - HP: Dick Flaherty 1B: Kevin Gillmore 3B: Chuck LyonStart: 1:00 pm Time: 3:20 Attendance: 957

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