Beavers' First Appearance In The CWS Since 1952 Ends With Loss To Baylor

June 20, 2005

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Baylor extended its first College World Series appearancein 27 years by at least one day with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings over OregonState on Monday.

Mike Pankratz, batting .193, blooped an RBI single over first baseman AndyJenkins and just out of the reach of second baseman Chris Kunda, ending theBeavers' first appearance in the CWS since 1952.

The Bears (45-23) advanced to a Tuesday matchup against the loser of Mondaynight's game between Texas and Tulane.

Jeff Mandel (4-0) got the win for Baylor after holding Oregon State (46-12)to one hit in 4 2-3 innings of relief.

Josh Ford reached base safely leading off the 10th against Kevin Gunderson(6-4) after Beavers shortstop Darwin Barney couldn't field a high-bouncinggrounder. Ford advanced to second on a sacrifice before Reid Brees singledthrough the left side of the infield to put runners on first and third.

Pankratz, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, thengot the game-winning hit on an 0-1 pitch.

Gunderson was effective in his 4 1-3 innings of work, holding the Bearshitless until Ford's single in the 10th.

Baylor starter Trey Taylor couldn't make it out of the second inning afterwalking five of the 10 batters he faced. He walked three straight to open thesecond before Ryan Gipson singled with one out to drive in the Beavers' firstrun. Taylor was removed after walking Jacoby Ellsbury to force in another run.

The Bears tied it in the fourth after Kevin Russo singled and SethFortenberry reached when Gipson couldn't come up with his grounder to second.After a sacrifice moved the runners up a base, Russo scored on Chase Gerdes'grounder and Fortenberry on Kyle Reynolds' single.

Each team added a run in the fifth. Reid Brees doubled and scored on Russo'ssingle to give Baylor a 3-2 lead, but Shea McFeely's RBI single in the bottomhalf tied it again.

Two stellar defensive plays prevented Oregon State from breaking the tie inthe sixth. Center fielder Gerdes threw out Gipson trying to score from secondon Ellsbury's single. Then, with the bases loaded, Mandel grabbed Andy Jenkins'hard comebacker to start an inning-ending double play.

Beavers starter Dallas Buck, who had gone at least 7 1-3 innings in fivestarts and six of seven, left with one out in the sixth and the score tied at3.

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