Beavers Take 7-4 Baseball Victory At Washington

April 12, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - Jonah Nickerson struck out 10 Washington hitters in five innings to pitch Oregon State to a 7-4 win in non-league baseball Monday night at Husky Ballpark. Chris Campos was 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in for the Beavers (20-11 overall, 4-5 Pacific-10).

OSU and Washington (19-11-1, 5-4) wrap up theirs series Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., and the game can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com. The start time is one hour later than previously-announced schedules.

Nickerson, Jared Sanders, Kevin Gunderson and Ben Rowe combined on a seven-hitter, with Rowe earning his second save for a scoreless final 1 2/3 innings. OSU built a 7-1 lead by the middle of the fourth inning, then held on as Washington righthander Jordan Ponhoza faced the minimum number of hitters over 5 1/3 innings from the fourth inning into the ninth.

A freshman righthander, Nickerson was the first OSU pitcher to record 10 strikeouts in over three years, going back to Thad Johnson's 14 strikeouts at California on April 6, 2001. Nickerson allowed one run on three hits, one walk and three hit batters in his five innings of work as he improved to 3-0 this season.

'My focus was just to get ahead of the hitters and make the pitches I needed to make,' said Nickerson, whose final six outs were strikeouts. 'I knew that if I got ahead of the hitters, everything would be okay ... it was a variety of pitches and making them guess what I was going to throw.'

Nickerson had also gotten the start in OSU's only other meeting with Washington this season, a 13-8 win on Feb. 29 at the Riverside Baseball Invitational. He'd gotten through three innings with OSU in the lead in that game, so the Huskies had already seen his offerings.

'Nickerson was dirty,' said OSU centerfielder Aaron Mathews. 'He was painting the corners. He looked real good today; I was pretty impressed with him.'

It was Mathews that got the Beavers going against UW starter Richie Lentz, stretching a line drive to left-centerfield into a double to lead off a four-run second inning.

'I saw the guy going kind of lackadaisical out there,' said Mathews, who extended his hitting streak to 11games. 'I had a good turn around first, so I took it ... it pumped the guys up, and it felt good.'

OSU got a bases-loaded walk by Chad Schroeder to force in the first run, then added a two-run single by Mike Lissman and a run-scoring single by Campos to make it 4-0. After Washington scored in the bottom of the second, Mathews led off the top of the third with his fourth homer of the year; OSU's final runs came on Campos' two-run homer off Ponhoza in the fourth inning, his seventh homer of the year and his fourth in the last four games.

Mathews was 2-for-4 and Lissman 2-for-5 for the Beavers. OSU was missing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was hurt diving for a ball last Thursday against Stanford, and second baseman Chris Kunda, who suffered a hand injury later in the series against the Cardinal.

OREGON STATE 7, WASHINGTON 4

Oregon State 041 200 000 - 7 10 0Washington 010 000 210 - 4 7 0

Nickerson, Sanders (6), Gunderson (7), Rowe (8) and Richie. Lentz, Panzoha (4), Hawkins (8) and B. Johnson. W-Nickerson (3-0). L- Sv- 2B-Calderon (OSU), Mathews (OSU), Clem (UW), Batkoski (UW). HR-Campos (OSU), Mathews (OSU).

HITS: Oregon State 10 (Lissman 2x5, Campos 3x5, Calderon 1x4, Mathews 2x4, McFeely 1x2, Jenkins 1x4), Washington 7 (Isaacson 1x3, Larsen 1x4, Clem 2x3, Batkoski 3x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 7 (Lissman 2, Campos 3, Mathews 1, Schroeder 1), Washington 3 (Larsen 1, Batkoski 2).

Oregon State 7 (20-11)                        Washington 4 (19-11-1)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Mike Lissman dh............ 5 1 2 2 Greg Isaacson 2b........... 3 1 1 0Paul Richie c.............. 4 0 0 0 Taylor Johnson rf.......... 3 0 0 0Chris Campos lf/rf......... 5 1 3 3 Brent Lillibridge cf....... 5 0 0 0Tony Calderon ss........... 4 0 1 0 Kyle Larsen 1b............. 4 0 1 1Aaron Mathews cf........... 4 2 2 1 Zach Clem lf............... 3 2 2 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 2 1 1 0 Matt Lane dh............... 3 0 0 0Mike Hass rf............... 3 0 0 0 Brett Kilborn ph.......... 1 0 0 0 Tyler Graham lf........... 1 0 0 0 Nick Batkoski ss........... 4 0 3 2Andy Jenkins 1b............ 4 1 1 0 Tyler Mach 3b.............. 4 0 0 0Chad Schroeder 2b.......... 3 1 0 1 Ben Johnson c.............. 1 1 0 0Jonah Nickerson p.......... 0 0 0 0 Richie Lentz p............. 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Jordan Ponzoha p.......... 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0 Jamie Hawkins p........... 0 0 0 0 Ben Rowe p................ 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 35 7 10 7 Totals..................... 31 4 7 3

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 041 200 000 - 7 10 0Washington.......... 010 000 210 - 4 7 0-------------------------------------------

DP - Oregon St. 1. LOB - Oregon St. 5; Washington 9. 2B - Calderon; Mathews; Clem;Batkoski. HR - Campos; Mathews. HBP - Isaacson; T.Johnson; Larsen; Clem; B.Johnson2. SH - T.Johnson. SB - Lissman. CS - McFeely; Larsen.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Jonah Nickerson W,3-0..... 5.0 3 1 1 1 10Jared Sanders ............. 1.0 2 0 0 0 1Kevin Gunderson ........... 1.1 2 3 3 0 1Ben Rowe S,2.............. 1.2 0 0 0 1 2

Washington IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Richie Lentz L,3-3........ 3.0 7 5 5 3 3Jordan Ponzoha ............ 5.2 3 2 2 1 4Jamie Hawkins ............. 0.1 0 0 0 0 1

WP - Gunderson. HBP - by Nickerson (Larsen); by Nickerson (B.Johnson); by Nickerson(T.Johnson); by Gunderson (B.Johnson); by Gunderson (Isaacson); by Gunderson (Clem).

Umpires - HP: Tim Stevens 1B: Steve Hilgendorf 3B: Chris NelsonStart: 6:32 pm Time: 2:58 Attendance: 421

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