Beavers Hold 9-0 Lead In Eighth ... Until April 1

March 9, 2003

Oregon State's baseball game at Portland on Sunday afternoon was suspended in the middle of the eighth inning with the Beavers leading 9-0 at Pilot Stadium. The game will be completed April 1 prior to OSU's regularly-scheduled game at Portland.

The Beavers (8-7 overall) return home to host Washington in a midweek series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Pacific Northwest rivals will play Tuesday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, the start of the game was delayed 24 minutes by rain, but began under patches of blue sky and the first few innings saw the field hit by periods of sunshine. The afternoon's first shower didn't hit the ballpark until the seventh inning; it turned into a deluge in the top of the eighth and the field could not be covered before it was rendered unplayable.

Oregon State had scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take control of the game, and the Beavers were outhitting the Pilots 16-2.

Stephen Copeland was on the way to his first win of the season after losing against third-ranked Arizona State and to New Mexico in a windswept game at the Baseball Fiesta in El Paso. The senior righthander threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and walking two; he also didn't strike out a hitter in an efficient 61-pitch outing.

Sophomore righthander Kenny Anderson followed Copeland with two more scoreless innings, retiring all six hitters he faced.

'Today was a lot nicer,' Copeland said of the pitching conditions. 'This park is bigger and the ball didn't carry as well as it had the last couple weeks.'

Putting a couple of rough outings behind him wasn't a problem for Copeland.

'That's the idea,' Copeland said. 'You just go one pitch at a time and put the past behind. You do that within a game, and you definitely do that from week to week.'

The Beavers used five hits and three walks to pick up their five fourth-inning runs for a 7-0 lead. With one out, OSU got successive run-scoring singles from Kerisi Reynolds, Jacoby Ellsbury and Seth Pietsch off Pilot starter Jared Adams. The lefthanded starter then gave way to righthander Trent Kristjanson, and Tony Calderon greeted him with a run-scoring double to right-centerfield, and Paul Richie drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the final run of the inning.

When play was halted, Reynolds was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored; Pietsch was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and had extended his hitting streak to seven games; Calderon was 2-for-5 with two doubles and had extended his hitting streak to 10 games; Tyler Graham was 2-for 3; and Ellsbury was 2-for-5.

OSU's five-run fourth inning came on the heels of a big defensive play that may have kept the Pilots off the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. UP slugger Kory Casto drove a ball toward the wall in left-centerfield; centerfielder Ellsbury raced over, leaped, and appeared to bring the ball back over the railing as he slammed into the wall.


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