Beavers Blank Owls to Keep CWS Hopes Alive

June 22, 2006

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Daniel Turpen and Joe Paterson combined on a five-hitter, Shea McFeely homered for the second game in a row, and Oregon State stayed alive in the College World Series with a 5-0 victory over Rice on Wednesday night.

The Beavers (47-15) forced another game against the Owls (57-12), with the winner of tonight's matchup advancing to the championship series against North Carolina.

Turpen (3-0) gave the Beavers their third consecutive impressive start when facing elimination. The sophomore right-hander, who made only 11 previous appearances this season, scattered five hits over a career-high 62/3 innings. Paterson threw 21/3 hitless innings to seal the victory, Oregon State's third in a row. The solid pitching performance followed Jonah Nickerson's seven strong innings Monday in a triumph over Georgia, and Mike Stutes' six-plus innings in the victory over Miami.

Turpen tired in the seventh, but Rice failed to take advantage. Aaron Luna was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a passed ball and went to third on Jordan Dodson's groundout. With a 1-0 count on pinch-hitter Kenny Ford, pitching coach Dan Spencer came out, put his hand on Turpen's right shoulder and called on left-hander Paterson.

Rice coach Wayne Graham countered by sending in Derek Myers to pinch-hit for Ford, and Myers walked. Tyler Henley followed with a soft grounder halfway down the first-base line that Paterson fielded, but Henley - a star running back in high school - ran into the pitcher hard, knocking him over. First-base umpire Paul Guillie immediately called Henley out, and ejected him for the excessive shove.

Turpen was helped by Oregon State's three-run third inning against Craig Crow (8-3).

The junior right-hander, an 11th-round draft pick by Houston, allowed three runs in two-plus innings.

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