Barden Ties Hit Record

May 6, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - Brian Barden tied Oregon State's school record for hits in a season Sunday afternoon but the Beavers fell to Washington 3-1 in Pacific-10 baseball at Husky Ballpark. Barden's pinch-hit single in the ninth inning started an OSU rally that fell just short, as the game ended with the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Oregon State (29-20 overall, 9-9 Pacific-10) goes into the final two weekends of the regular season tied for fourth place in the Pacific-10 with Arizona State.

The Beavers continue their drive toward a postseason berth at UCLA in a three-game series Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., all three games can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340). OSU then closes out the regular season at home against Southern California on May 18-20.

On Sunday at Washington (27-16, 7-11), Barden grounded a single up the middle for his 75th hit of the spring, matching the mark set by R.A. Neitzel in 1990. The Beaver third baseman had missed the first eighth innings of the game due to swelling from being hit by a bad-hop groundball in Saturday's OSU victory.

'It's tough when you've got one of the best players in the conference on the bench,' OSU coach Pat Casey said. 'But he came to the park and he just couldn't see.'

Barden had remained in Saturday's game after being struck just above the right eye, but the eyebrow swelled significantly late Saturday night. Barden did not take batting practice or infield Sunday, but the swelling went down as the game went on.

OSU missed Barden's bat in what turned out to be a pitcher's duel. Beaver righthander Thad Johnson threw an eight-hitter, walking four and striking out five, but Washington's Zack Daniels and Tyler Shepple combined to limit Oregon State to six hits.

'Thad pitched great, and it was good to see that with Barden out we had some good adjustments by guys and some nice plays in our infield,' said Casey, who moved Zach Gordon from second base to third and inserted Stephen Copeland at second. 'We just didn't bring anything to the table offensively all day. To get where we want to be, we've got to be a lot better offensive club. We swung at pitches out of the strike zone and left runners on base, and it came back to haunt us.'

OSU stranded 11 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the first, fourth and ninth innings. Oregon State picked up its lone run in the first inning, when Josh Carter's one-out single off second baseman Marc Rittenhouse's glove drove in Bryan Ingram.

The Beavers had a runner thrown out at the plate later in the inning and also failed to take advantage of two Washington errors to settle for the 1-0 lead. OSU was again close to extending the lead in the fourth inning when it loaded the bases for Ingram, but his line drive toward right-centerfield was snared by a leaping Rittenhouse to end the inning.

Washington benefited from a lineup miscue to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. A mistake in the Huskies' lineup card that was presented to the umpires eliminated the designated hitter for Washington, forcing Daniels to bat for the first time in his college career.

Daniels had bounced an infield single high off the artificial turf in the second inning. In the fourth, he lofted a two-out single into shallow centerfield, Michael Done then put a well-hit ball up into a breeze blowing out to left-centerfield for a two-run homer and a 2-1 lead.

The Huskies extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh on Jay Garthwaite's two-out, run-scoring double. Finally, in the ninth, OSU mounted a rally.

With one out, Barden bounced his single up the middle. Another pinch-hitter, Pat Stevens, grounded back to Shepple on the mound and Shepple tried to start a game-ending double play by throwing to second, however, the ball bounced into left-centerfield and Barden advanced to third to put runners at the corners.

After Jason McBride popped up for the second out of the inning, Ingram coaxed a walk to load the bases for Curtis Davis. After falling behind no balls, two strikes, Davis worked the count full, he then stroked a pitch on the ground toward rightfield but Rittenhouse managed to cut off the ball and throw Davis out at first to end the game.

Carter was 2-for-3 and Davis was 2-for-5 for the Beavers, who have won eight of their last 12 games and 21 of their last 33.


Oregon State	100 000 000 - 1 6 1Washington	000 200 10x - 3 8 3

Johnson and Ingram. Daniels, Shepple (8) and Be. Johnson, Thiel (8). WP-Daniels (4-1). LP-Johnson (6-7). SV-Shepple (2). 2B-Garthwaite (UW). HR-Done (UW).

HITS: Oregon State 6 (Davis 2x5, Carter 2x3, Barden 1x1, Hudson 1x3), Washington 8 (Rittenhouse 2x3, Garthwaite 2x4, Done 2x3, Daniels 2x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 1 (Carter 1), Washington 3 (Garthwaite 1, Done 2).

Oregon State 1 (29-20,9-9 Pac-10)    Washington 3 (27-16,7-11 Pac-10)                  AB  R  H RBI                         AB  R  H RBIStark cf           2  0  0  0        Jacobson cf        4  0  0  0McBride ph         1  0  0  0        Rittenhouse 2b     3  1  2  0Ingram c           3  1  0  0        Garthwaite lf      4  0  2  1Davis dh           5  0  2  0        Davidson rf        3  0  0  0Carter rf          3  0  2  1        Daniels p          3  1  2  0Pietsch lf         3  0  0  0        Otness ph          1  0  0  0Biles ph/lf        1  0  0  0        Thiel c            0  0  0  0Jarvis 1b          3  0  0  0        Done 3b            3  1  2  2Gordon 3b          3  0  0  0        Reynolds ss        3  0  0  0Reynolds ph        1  0  0  0        Moran 1b           4  0  0  0Copeland 2b        2  0  0  0        Be.Johnson c       3  0  0  0Barden ph          1  0  1  0        Shepple p          0  0  0  0Hudson ss          2  0  1  0Stevens ph         1  0  0  0Johnson p          0  0  0  0Totals......      31  1  6  1        Totals......      31  3  8  3

Score by innings: R H E----------------------------------------------Oregon State 100 000 000 - 1 6 1Washington 000 200 10 - 3 8 3----------------------------------------------

E - Hudson, Done, Moran, Shepple. DP - Oregon St. 2, Washington 1. LOB -Oregon St. 11, Washington 8. 2B - Garthwaite. HR - Done. SB - Done. CS -Ingram, Hudson.

IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF Fly GndOregon StateJohnson L 6-7 8.0 8 3 3 4 5 0 0 0 1 31 35 4 13WashingtonDaniels W 4-1 7.0 5 1 1 4 2 0 1 2 0 23 29 8 7Shepple S,2 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 8 10 2 2

HBP - by Daniels (Jarvis), by Daniels (Hudson), by Shepple (Carter). BK -Daniels.

Strikeouts - Stark, Biles, Jarvis, Copeland, Davidson, Daniels, Done,Be.Johnson 2. Walks - Stark 2, Ingram 2, Copeland, Rittenhouse, Davidson,Done, Reynolds.

Umpires - Home:Dave Perez 1st:Kevin Daugherty 3rd:Terry MannStart: 1:06 pm Time: 2:40 Attendance: 686

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