Beavers Take Baseball Series Finale At Washington, 6-5

April 6, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - Oregon State rallied for five runs in the final three innings to beat Washington 6-5 in Pacific-10 baseball Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark. OSU reliever Ty Kline got the final out with the bases loaded as the Beavers (14-15 overall, 2-4 Pac-10) bounced back after losing the first two games of the series.

'There's a lot of pressure going into a game like this,' said senior outfielder Chris Biles, who had a pair of doubles and extended his hitting streak to 11 games for OSU. 'We go back 2-4, but if we have a good weekend next week, we're right back in it.'

Oregon State returns to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field to meet Portland in a non-league game Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Beavers then host Washington State in a Pacific-10 series next Friday through Sunday.

Sunday's series finale at Washington (21-10, 3-3) saw OSU trailing 4-1 going into the seventh inning. The Beavers evened things with a three-run seventh inning, though, then scored single runs in the eighth and ninth before holding off the Huskies in the bottom of the ninth.

'It's a big win,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'We played well Saturday (in a 9-8 loss) and could have won but didn't. We had to sink or swim in that third game, and all those guys gave us a good effort today. We're a little limited in what moves we can make right now. It was important that those guys were ready to play, and when they were called on, they came through.'

'Those guys' included freshman second baseman Chris Kunda and junior designated hitter Levi Webber, whose pinch-hit singles drove in runs in the seventh inning; freshman righthander Andy Baldwin, whose three innings of one-run relief work earned the win to boost his record to 3-0; and Kline, who got the final two outs for his first save of the season.

'We battled back late in the game, and I'm proud of those guys,' Biles said. 'We stuck in there and used just about every person on the bench today.'

Baldwin got an out to start the ninth before giving up a double to Brent Lillibridge, and Kline was summoned from the bullpen. The senior righthander didn't play during winter term, but saw brief action in all three games against California last weekend; in 2002, he'd been 6-1 with two saves.

Kline got Tila Reynolds, the Huskies' leadoff hitter, to ground out for the second out, with Lillibridge advancing to third. Greg Isaacson then bounced a ball through the left side of the infield to score Lillibridge and make it 6-5.

Kline got John Otness to hit another grounder up the middle that shortstop Tony Calderon was able to snare; Calderon then attempted an off-balance throw to first that got over OSU first baseman Andy Jarvis and into the Huskies' dugout, putting the tying run at third and the winning run in scoring position at second.

The Beavers then intentionally walked cleanup hitter Kyle Larsen to load the bases, and Casey went out to chat with Kline as Jared Sanders - holder of OSU's career saves record - waited in the bullpen.

'He goes, 'Well, you got some ground balls',' Kline laughed. 'Then he said, 'Relax and get them out.' I wasn't sure when he first came out if I was going to be pulled or if he was going to encourage me, but he encouraged me pretty well.'

Said Casey, 'I told him, this is why you're here, and you like being in this situation.' We just needed something to break their momentum a little and take the tension off.'

Kline started Mike Wagner off with two called strikes, then wasted a pitch for ball one. Finally, he threw a sharp breaking ball on the outside part of the plate that Wagner swung at and missed to end the game.

During his absence in the season's first two months, Kline had been forced to watch a number of similar situations when OSU played at home.

'It was horrible,' Kline said of that experience. 'I'd be at a game and I'd feel the need to be in that situation - it was painful watching it.'

Kline took over where Baldwin left off. In his three innings of work relieving senior righthander Stephen Copeland, Baldwin allowed the one run in the ninth on two hits and one walk while striking out three.

'Ty was one of our top guys out of the pen last year and you know he'll throw strikes and that he's got good stuff,' Biles said. 'If he locates it, he gets outs. He's going to go in and shut the door. And Andy Baldwin has been real consistent - he throws strikes and hits spots. If he's on, I don't want to face him.'

Washington jumped in front 2-0 in the first inning, and the first five outs UW starter Trevor Gibson recorded came on strikeouts. The Beavers cut it to 2-1 on a Seth Pietsch single, Biles' first double of the day - which one-hopped the fence in right-centerfield - and Calderon's sacrifice fly.

The Huskies then picked up single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to set the stage for OSU's comeback.

Calderon led of the seventh with a single and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's double to left. With one out, Webber pinch hit and laced a single up the middle to score Ellsbury and make it 4-3. That was it for Gibson, and reliever Brian Carter balked Webber to second; then, with two out, Kunda pinch hit and pulled a single down the leftfield line to drive in Webber and tie the game.

Oregon State took the lead in the eighth when Biles legged out a double down the rightfield line, advanced to third on Calderon's single, and scored on Ellsbury's sacrifice fly. OSU added a run in the ninth when Mark Jackson drew a leadoff walk, advanced on a groundout and Jarvis' single, and scored on a wild pitch.


Oregon State	000 100 311 - 6  9 2Washington	200 110 001 - 5 11 1

Copeland, Baldwin (6), Kline (9) and Munich. Gibson, Carter (7), Baysinger (9) and B. Johnson. W-Baldwin (3-0). L-Carter (0-1). Sv-Kline (1). 2B-Biles 2 (OSU), Ellsbury (OSU), Isaacson (UW), Wagner (UW), Boudon (UW), Lillibridge (UW). HR-Boudon (UW).

HITS: Oregon State 9 (Kunda 1x1, Jarvis 1x5, Pietsch 1x3, Biles 2x4, Calderon 2x2, Ellsbury 1x3, Webber 1x1), Washington 11 (T. Reynolds 1x4, Isaacson 3x5, Otness 1x5, Wagner 1x5, Boudon 3x4, Lillibridge 2x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 5 (Kunda 1, Calderon 1, Ellsbury 2, Webber 1), Washington 5 (Isaacson 1, Larsen 1, Wagner 2, Boudon 1).

  Oregon State 6 (14-15,2-4 PAC-10)             Washington 5 (21-10,3-3 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Aaron Mathews rf........... 5 0 0 0 Tila Reynolds ss........... 4 1 1 0 Rob Recuenco 2b............ 3 0 0 0 Greg Isaacson 2b........... 5 1 3 1 Chris Kunda ph/2b......... 1 0 1 1 John Otness 3b............. 5 0 1 0 Andy Jarvis 1b............. 5 0 1 0 Justin Drake pr........... 0 0 0 0 Seth Pietsch lf............ 3 1 1 0 Kyle Larsen 1b............. 3 1 0 1 Chris Biles dh............. 4 1 2 0 Simi Reynolds pr.......... 0 0 0 0 Kerisi Reynolds ph........ 1 0 0 0 Mike Wagner dh............. 5 0 1 2 Tony Calderon ss........... 2 1 2 1 Taylor Johnson rf.......... 4 0 0 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 3 1 1 2 Chad Boudon lf............. 4 1 3 1 Billy Munich c............. 4 0 0 0 Ben Johnson c.............. 4 0 0 0 Brad Mellinger 3b.......... 2 0 0 0 Brent Lillibridge cf....... 4 1 2 0 Levi Webber ph............ 1 1 1 1 Trevor Gibson p............ 0 0 0 0 Mark Jackson 3b........... 0 1 0 0 Brian Carter p............ 0 0 0 0 Stephen Copeland p......... 0 0 0 0 Trent Baysinger p......... 0 0 0 0 Andy Baldwin p............ 0 0 0 0 Ty Kline p................ 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 34 6 9 5 Totals..................... 38 5 11 5

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Oregon State........ 000 100 311 - 6 9 2 Washington.......... 200 110 001 - 5 11 1 -------------------------------------------

E - Calderon 2; Isaacson. DP - Washington 1. LOB - Oregon St. 8; Washington 9. 2B - Biles 2; Ellsbury; Isaacson; Wagner; Boudon; Lillibridge. HR - Boudon. SF - Calderon; Ellsbury. CS - Lillibridge.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Stephen Copeland .......... 5.1 7 4 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 23 24 Andy Baldwin W,3-0........ 3.0 2 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 11 12 Ty Kline S,1.............. 0.2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 5

Washington IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF --------------------------------------------------------------------- Trevor Gibson ............. 6.1 5 4 4 2 6 0 1 0 0 24 27 Brian Carter L,0-1........ 2.0 4 2 2 3 1 1 1 0 1 9 13 Trent Baysinger ........... 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

WP - Copeland; Carter. BK - Gibson; Carter.

Strikeouts - Recuenco; Jarvis 2; Pietsch; Biles 2; Ellsbury; T.Reynolds; Otness; Larsen; Wagner; Boudon; B.Johnson. Walks - Kunda; Pietsch 2; Calderon; Jackson; T.Reynolds; Larsen 2.

Umpires - HP: Ruben Candelaria 1B: Jeff Henrichs 3B: Phil Benson Start: 1:06 pm Time: 3:09 Attendance: 549

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