Beavers Take Advantage Of Trojan Defensive Woes

June 12, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Ryan Gipson's single drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Andy Jenkins added a three-run home run in the eighth to lead Oregon State to a 10-4 victory over error-prone Southern California Saturday night.

The Beavers fell behind 4-1 early, but capitalized on eight Trojan errors for the opening advantage in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series.

USC's Ian Kennedy, the Pacific-10 Conference pitcher of the year, did not allow a hit until Andy Jenkins' single in the fifth inning, but Oregon State already had narrowed it to 4-3 on sloppy Trojan play.

Shea McFeely doubled to right off Kennedy in the sixth. An out later, Cole Gillespie singled and went to second on another Trojan error. McFeely scored from third when Kennedy's wild pitch to Gipson tipped off catcher Jeff Clement's glove and he was too slow to find it.

Gipson followed with his single, scoring Gillespie to make it 5-4 for Oregon State.

Gipson hit a sacrifice fly and Darwin Barney had an RBI single before Jenkins' home run in the eighth.

The winner of the super regional will be among eight teams that head to Omaha, Neb., June 17-27 for the College World Series.

Oregon State (45-9) was ranked No. 2 in the country by Baseball America. The Pacific-10 Conference champions are 25-4 at home, including a three-game sweep to win the Corvallis Regional last weekend.

The Trojans (40-21) were ranked No. 18 and coming off a 5-2 victory over the Pepperdine Waves on Monday at the Long Beach Regional.

Kennedy (12-3) went up against Oregon State's Dallas Buck, who was 11-1 with a 1.97 ERA going into the game.

Buck got off to a shaky start. He gave up a base hit to Billy Hart to load the bases with one out in the first inning before walking Baron Frost to give Southern California the early lead. He hit the next batter, Hector Estrella, square in the back with a pitch to surrender another run.

Kennedy appeared to have similar jitters in the first inning. After two USC errors and some control problems allowed the Beavers to load the bases with no outs, Jenkins' sacrifice to deep left narrowed it to 2-1. Kennedy regained control and struck out the next two batters he faced to end the threat.

Blake Sharpe hit a two-run double off Buck in the third inning to make it 4-1 for the Trojans.

The Beavers scored twice in the fourth - both times on Trojan fielding errors - to close to 4-3.

Buck settled down, allowing four runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked five and struck out two. Kevin Gunderson got the final four outs for his 14th save.

Kennedy allowed five runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts.

USC boasts 12 national titles dating back to 1948. In the past seven years, the Trojans have made three trips to the College World Series.

The Beavers hadn't even visited the postseason since 1986. And they haven't been to Omaha since 1952, when they lost to Duke and Texas.

Tickets to the game sold out within a few hours on Tuesday. Fans who couldn't get in to Goss Stadium at Coleman field stood on trucks parked beyond the outfield, and stole peeks through gaps in the fence. One enterprising fan brought a ladder for a perch.

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