Beavers Top USC 5-4 To Open Baseball Series

May 20, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Darwin Barney's two-run single and Andy Jenkins' three-run home run with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted No. 5 Oregon State over No. 20 Southern California 5-4 in Pacific-10 baseball Friday evening at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU (40-8 overall, 18-4 Pacific-10) won its ninth straight game but had to hold off USC (33-17, 12-7), which scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning before a crowd of 2,165.

The game was a pitching duel between the Beavers' Dallas Buck and the Trojans' Ian Kennedy, both of whom were among 10 semifinalists named earlier in the day for the Roger Clemens Award given to the nation's top college pitcher. Buck allowed just one hit through eight scoreless innings and Kennedy just four hits through seven scoreless innings until the late-inning scoring commenced.

OSU and USC continue their series Saturday at 1 p.m. and conclude it Sunday at 12 noon. Both games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

The win set a new record for victories in a season for Oregon State, topping the 39 of the 1986 team. It also kept OSU 1 1/2 games in front of Arizona atop the Pac-10 standings; any combination of Oregon State wins and Arizona losses equaling two assures the Beavers of at least a co-championship, and any combination adding up to three would mean an outright title for OSU.

Buck improved to 11-1 this season, tying him for second on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders. It took Barney's single into short right-center and Jenkins' drive to left-center - which cleared the 20-foot-high fence at the back of the ballpark - to finally give him a lead.

'That's just the way it's gone for us - finding ways to win, whether it's late or it's early, This team has a will to win late in games,' said Jenkins, whose fourth homer of the season was his first since March 19. Added Barney: ''As a club, that's how it's been this year - someone's always coming through. I was fortunate enough that today it was my opportunity. It's always someone else every day. I guess you could say that every other day, it's Jenkins' day.'

In the ninth, Buck struck out two while allowing a pair of hits, a walk and a wild pitch to plate USC's first run and leave a pair of men on base for OSU closer Kevin Gunderson. Billy Hart greeted him with a three-run homer to left-center and Baron Frost had a pinch-hit double to put the tying run at second base, but Gunderson fanned Cyle Hankerd to end the game and earn his 12th save.

'Gundy came out and didn't have his stuff, but that last pitch he threw to that guy was dirty,' Jenkins said.

Buck allowed three runs on two hits and three walks, striking out seven in 8 2/3 innings. It was the second straight week he'd been matched against another of the nation's top pitchers; last week it was Washington's Tim Lincecum and Buck was the winner with a three-hit shutout after both took no-hitters into the sixth inning.

'We went through the same thing last week, so it wasn't really different,' Buck said. 'It's good to follow a good one up with another good one.'

The Beavers finished the Pac-10 season with a 7-1 record on Friday nights, when it's likely they were facing an opponent's best pitcher.

'It's real important,' Buck said of the Friday wins. 'It sets the tone for the rest of the weekend and it lets us play loose. `We've already won the first one, so let's just play loose the rest of the weekend.' We're tough to beat when we're playing loose like that.'

OSU had threatened early, advancing a runner as far as third base in each of the first three innings before being turned aside by Kennedy. USC got a runner to second base with two out in both the third and fourth innings.

Buck retired 13 in a row from the middle of the fourth inning until issuing a walk to start the ninth, and Kennedy sat down 10 straight OSU hitters from the fourth inning until the start of the eighth; averaging over 12 strikeouts per game, the Trojan righthander fanned seven Beavers and walked two while allowing seven hits in 7 2/3 innings.

In the eighth, Kennedy walked Geoff Wagner and Mike Lissman bunted into a fielder's choice. After Chris Campos struck out, Lissman took second on a wild pitch and Jacoby Ellsbury was intentionally walked; Tyler Graham then hit a ball off Kennedy's foot for an infield single to load the bases and set the stage for Barney and Jenkins.

The crowd was just short of a sellout on a day that saw afternoon rains, but it was the third straight game that OSU has set the post-1999 renovation record for attendance at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury joined another of the school's top-10 lists when he led off the first inning with a double to leftfield; it was his 17th of the season, tying him for ninth place among OSU's single-season leaders.

NO. 5 OREGON STATE 5, NO. 20 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 4

So. California       000 000 004 - 4 4 0Oregon State         000 000 05x - 5 7 0

Kennedy, Koss (8) and Clement. Buck, Gunderson (9) and Canham. W-Buck (11-1). L-Kennedy (10-2). Sv-Gunderson (12). 2B-Frost (USC), Estrella (USC), Ellsbury (OSU). HR-Hart (USC), Jenkins (OSU).

HITS: Southern California 4 (Cusick 1x4, Hart 1x4, Frost 1x1, Estrella 1x2), Oregon State 7 (Ellsbury 1x3, Graham 1x3, Barney 1x4, Jenkins 1x4, Canham 1x4, McFeely, 1x3, Gipson 1x2). RUNS BATTED IN: Southern California 3 (Hart 3), Oregon State 5 (Barney 2, Jenkins 3).

Southern California 4 (33-17,12-7 PAC-10)     Oregon State 5 (40-8,18-4 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Zack Kalter cf............. 4 0 0 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 3 1 1 0Matt Cusick 1b............. 4 1 1 0 Tyler Graham lf............ 3 1 1 0Jeff Clement c............. 4 0 0 0 Darwin Barney ss........... 4 1 1 2Lucas Duda dh.............. 2 0 0 0 Andy Jenkins 1b............ 4 1 1 3 Spencer Pabst pr.......... 0 1 0 0 Mitch Canham c............. 4 0 1 0Billy Hart 3b.............. 4 1 1 3 Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 0 1 0Darin Vieira rf............ 3 0 0 0 Anton Maxwell dh........... 0 0 0 0 Baron Frost ph............ 1 0 1 0 Geoff Wagner ph/dh........ 2 0 0 0 Dale Legaspi pr........... 0 0 0 0 Lonnie Lechelt pr......... 0 0 0 0Cyle Hankerd lf............ 4 0 0 0 Mike Lissman rf............ 3 1 0 0Blake Sharpe ss............ 3 0 0 0 Danny Anderson rf......... 0 0 0 0Hector Estrella 2b......... 2 1 1 0 Ryan Gipson 2b............. 2 0 1 0Ian Kennedy p.............. 0 0 0 0 Chris Campos ph........... 1 0 0 0 Paul Koss p............... 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............ 0 0 0 0 Dallas Buck p.............. 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 31 4 4 3 Totals..................... 29 5 7 5

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Southern California. 000 000 004 - 4 4 0Oregon State........ 000 000 05X - 5 7 0-------------------------------------------

LOB - So. Calif. 3; Oregon St. 3. 2B - Frost; Estrella; Ellsbury. HR - Hart;Jenkins. SH - Graham. SB - Cusick; McFeely; Gipson. CS - Canham.

Southern California IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Ian Kennedy L,10-2........ 7.2 7 5 5 2 7Paul Koss ................. 0.1 0 0 0 0 1

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Dallas Buck W,11-1........ 8.2 2 3 3 3 7Kevin Gunderson S,12...... 0.1 2 1 1 0 1

WP - Kennedy; Buck. PB - Canham.

Umpires - HP: Joe Burleson 1B: Mark Beller 3B: Kelly GonzalesStart: 5:02 pm Time: 2:33 Attendance: 2165

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