Beavers Top Arkansas-Little Rock 8-3

Feb. 21, 2004

ARLINGTON, Tex. - Mike Hass tied Oregon State's school record for hits in a game by going 5-for-5 with a home run and a double Saturday afternoon as the Beavers beat Arkansas-Little Rock 8-3 in the Texas-Arlington Invitational baseball tournament at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Beavers (5-0 overall) are off to their best start since 1995, when they also won their first five games.

OSU wraps up the tournament against Southwest Missouri State, which played in last season's College World Series. Because rain is forecast for the Dallas/Fort Worth area on Sunday afternoon, game time has been moved up to 8 a.m. PST; the game can be heard on www.osubeavers.com.

Against the Trojans (2-2), Kevin Gunderson earned the pitching win with three scoreless, hitless innings in relief of Ben Rowe. Relievers Gunderson, Nathan Pendley and Dallas Buck blanked UALR and held them without a hit over the final 4 1/3 innings.

'Our pitching staff has kept us in some games, and we played very well defensively today - we turned some big double plays,' said OSU head coach Pat Casey, whose team had three twin-killings. 'You just come out and try to get better tomorrow, and we've got an opportunity to play a team that was in the College World Series last year. Hopefully, that will have our guys ready to go.'

Chris Campos was 3-for-3 with a triple for OSU; he and Hass had eight of the Beavers' 11 hits. Oregon State left 13 runners on base and didn't break the game open until Hass homered in the seventh inning and Campos tripled and scored on an error in the eighth.

'We said we'd take a win in a situation where we didn't feel we played very well,' Casey said. 'I thought we left way too many runners on base. We talked about some situations where we had big RBI times and we swung at some bad pitches. Offensively, we're a little bit frustrated because we're a ways from where we thought we'd be right now.'

Rowe went 4 2/3 innings for the second straight start, with Gunderson coming on after UALR's Matt Spatafora tied the game at 3-3 with a run-scoring single in the fifth. The freshman lefthander then faced the minimum number of batter in his three innings, striking out four while walking none and hitting one batter.

'Gunderson was terrific,' Casey said. 'He really pitched well, and we needed somebody to come in there and get us some innings and flip some lefthanded hitters over, and he was terrific. Once again, we keep going to those freshmen and they keep responding, so we're happy about that.'

Hass tied a record that has been reached many times, most recently by Aaron Mathews against Washington State on April 12, 2003. He had an infield single in the second, blooped a double down the leftfield line in the fourth, bounced a two-run single through the right side in the fifth, homered to right-center in the seventh and singled just over the third baseman's glove in the eighth.

'I was just trying to get out there and get a pitch to hit,' Hass said. 'Actually, I didn't really have quality at-bats all through the day but I put the ball in play, which is something I struggle with sometimes with two strikes. I was just trying to get something done.'

Three of Hass' hits came with two strikes against him, and he also had a nice running, tumbling catch in rightfield. The senior transfer's record-tying game came one day after he'd been relegated to the bench in the fourth inning of a win over Texas-Arlington after being picked off first base.

'It's a great way to respond,' Casey said. Added Hass: 'That was the first time I think I've ever been picked off, besides having a lefthander's move to first. I was pretty disappointed in myself. I was trying to do something to help the team out ... Coach Casey told me he'd give me a chance, and I appreciated that. It's early in the season and we've got a lot to go still, but it's nice to win.'

OSU took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning after UALR starter Kenny Geiersbach loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter. Hass greeted reliever Raymond Bergara with the two-run single through the right side, and Billy Munich added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 6-3.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three stolen bases for the Beavers, the second time he's pilfered three bags in a game this season. He's now 8-for-8 on stolen base attempts this season.

OREGON STATE 8, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 3

Arkansas-Little Rock              010 020 000 - 3  6 3Oregon State                      001 230 11x - 8 11 2

Geiersbach, Bergara (5), Marin (5), Trammell (7) and McKellar. Rowe, Gunderson (5), Pendley (8), Buck (9) and Munich. W-Gunderson (2-0). L-Geiersbach (0-0). 2B-Mathews (OSU), Hass (OSU). 3B-Campos (OSU). HR-McKellar (UALR), Hass (OSU).

HITS: Arkansas-Little Rock 6 (Spatafora 2x3, Coleman 2x3, Ward 1x2, McKellar 1x3), Oregon State 11 (Mathews 1x4, Ellsbury 1x3, Campos 3x3, Hass 5x5, Munich 1x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Arkansas-Little Rock 2 (Spatafora 1, McKellar 1), Oregon State 6 (Mathews 1, Campos 1, Hass 3, Munich 1).

Arkansas-Little Rock 3 (2-2)                  Oregon State 8 (5-0)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Rhett Hubbard cf........... 3 1 0 0 Aaron Mathews cf........... 4 0 1 1Mico Cuen rf............... 4 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 3 1 0 0Matt Spatafora ss.......... 3 0 2 1 Jacoby Ellsbury lf......... 3 0 1 0Chris Becker 2b............ 4 0 0 0 Andy Jenkins 1b............ 4 1 0 0Aaron Haefele lf........... 4 0 0 0 Chris Campos dh............ 3 2 3 1Adam Coleman 3b............ 3 1 2 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 4 1 0 0Josh Ward dh............... 2 0 1 0 Mike Hass rf............... 5 2 5 3 J.J. Yant ph.............. 1 0 0 0 Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 0 0 0 Jimmy Scott ph............ 0 0 0 0 Cole Gillespie ph......... 1 0 0 0Chad McKeller c............ 3 1 1 1 Chad Schroeder 3b......... 0 0 0 0John Shoemate 1b........... 2 0 0 0 Billy Munich c............. 4 1 1 1 Matt Garlington ph........ 1 0 0 0 Ben Rowe p................. 0 0 0 0 Leo Monterrey 1b.......... 1 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0Kenny Geiersbach p......... 0 0 0 0 Nathan Pendley p.......... 0 0 0 0 Raymond Bergara p......... 0 0 0 0 Dallas Buck p............. 0 0 0 0 Oscar Marin p............. 0 0 0 0 Travis Trammell p......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 31 3 6 2 Totals..................... 34 8 11 6

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Arkansas-Little Rock 010 020 000 - 3 6 3Oregon State........ 001 230 11X - 8 11 2-------------------------------------------

E - Haefele; Coleman 2; Kunda; Ellsbury. DP - UA-Lttl.Rck. 2; Oregon St. 3. LOB -UA-Lttl.Rck. 6; Oregon St. 13. 2B - Mathews; Hass. 3B - Campos. HR - McKeller; Hass.HBP - Coleman; Scott; McKeller; Campos; McFeely. SF - Mathews; Munich. SB - Hubbard;Spatafora; Mathews; Kunda; Ellsbury 3.

Arkansas-Little Rock IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Kenny Geiersbach L,0-1.... 4.0 6 6 5 4 1Raymond Bergara ........... 0.0 1 0 0 0 0Oscar Marin ............... 2.2 2 1 1 3 2Travis Trammell ........... 1.1 2 1 1 0 4

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Ben Rowe .................. 4.2 6 3 2 2 3Kevin Gunderson W,2-0..... 3.0 0 0 0 0 4Nathan Pendley ............ 0.1 0 0 0 0 1Dallas Buck ............... 1.0 0 0 0 0 2

WP - Gunderson. HBP - by Geiersbach (Campos); by Bergara (McFeely); by Gunderson(Coleman); by Buck (Scott); by Buck (McKeller).

Umpires - HP: Kelly Nutt 1B: Andy Eaves 3B: Ken EldridgeStart: 3:30 pm Time: 3:01 Attendance: 205

Geiersbach faced 3 batters in the 5th.Bergara faced 2 batters in the 5th.

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