Oregon State Advances To College World Series
June 13, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Andy Jenkins went 5-for-5, hitting for the cycle, and adding four RBI Monday as the Oregon State Beavers defeated the USC Trojans, 10-8, to win the NCAA Super Regional and advance to the 2005 College World Series. The Beavers are making their first CWS appearance since 1952.
USC finishes the season with a 41-22 record after making its fifth appearance in the Super Regional in the past seven seasons. The Trojans had forced the deciding game three in the series after a dramatic 9-8 win last night where they rallied from a five-run deficit in the eighth inning.
The Beavers (46-10) had to battle throughout the game after the Trojans had erased a 3-0 deficit in the third and a 7-3 lead in the sixth. Eddie Kunz (2-0) earned the win with two innings of relief while Dallas Buck, who was the starter on Saturday, pitched 1 1/3 innings for his first save of the season. OSU will face Tulane on Saturday in first game CWS action.
Junior All-America catcher Jeff Clement went 1-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to finish his USC career with 46 home runs, second on the school's all-time list (one ahead of Geoff Jenkins, 45). Clement was the third overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 2005 MLB draft.
USC starter Brett Bannister went 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Jenkins put the Beavers on the scoreboard with a two-run double to right in the first, scoring center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and left fielder Tyler Graham. Ellsbury led off with an infield single and stole second and third to set up the scoring.
With a runner at second and first base open, Ellsbury was intentionally walked in the second. On a 2-0 count, Graham delivered an RBI single up the middle to make it a 3-0 OSU advantage. Shortstop Darwin Barney hit a hard chopper off Bannister's glove, but Estrella was able to back it up and retire Barney.
Maxwell led off the top of the third by walking center fielder Zack Kalter and shortstop Blake Sharpe. Freshman Matt Cusick moved the runners over on a ground ball to second and then Clement hit Maxwell's first pitch over the fence in left to tie the game at three apiece.
Jenkins hit his second home run of the series with a solo shot to lead off the third as the Beavers regained the lead, 4-3. Bannister was unable to handle a bunt by catcher Mitch Canham as the OSU catcher reached safely. A walk to third baseman Shea McFeely put runners at first and second. Right fielder Cole Gillespie bunted and reached safely when his collision with Estrella at first knocked the ball out, allowing Canham to score the unearned run. Designated hitter Mike Lissman fouled out to Clement and Ryan Gipson lined into a 1-3 double play as Bannister got out of another jam.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Ellsbury and Graham hit back-to-back singles to take a 7-3 lead. The Trojans, however, would mount another rally in the sixth.
USC sent 10 batters to the plate after Hart led off with a double to left center and moved to third on a passed ball charged to Canham. Hankerd walked for Maxwell's final batter as he was relieved by Nate Fogle. Fogle hit Frost on his first pitch and hit Lopez to force in a run. Estrella singled to left to knock out Fogle for another run. Kalter lifted a sacrifice fly to left off reliever Eddie Kunz. Back-to-back walks to Sharpe and Cusick forced in the tying run, but Kunz fired back with a 3-2 strikeout to Clement and fly out to left by Hart.
Jenkins hit a line drive to center and the ball when under Kalter's glove as he attempted to make the diving catch for the triple in the seventh. McFeely delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to plate Jenkins and the Beavers scored two more runs in the eighth as the Trojans were unable to mount another rally.
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WP-Kunz (2-0) LP-Schlack (0-2) S-Buck (1)T: 3:59 ATT: 2,752Records: USC (41-22), OSU (46-10)
Bannister, Martlaro (4), Friedman (5), Schlack (6), Spradlin (7), Aguilar (7), Koss (8) and Clement.Maxwell, Fogle (6), Kunz (6), Gunderson (8), Buck (8) and Canham.