Beavers Top Sacramento State 12-6

April 18, 2004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Andy Baldwin didn't allow an earned run in six innings pitched as Oregon State beat Sacramento State 12-6 in non-league baseball Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field. Aaron Mathews extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games for the Beavers (24-11 overall, 4-5 Pacific-10), who won their fifth straight game.

OSU will play host to Portland on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in a non-league game, then visit Southern California for a Pacific-10 series next Friday through Sunday. All four games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

Against Sacramento State (22-25), the Beavers completed a sweep of a series in which they never trailed; the Hornets were tied after just two of the weekend's 27 innings. OSU wrapped up a week in which it swept a two-game series at Washington and then the three games at Sacramento State.

'It's nice to win five games in a week,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'That was impressive; now we go home, play a game and go right back on the road again.'

Oregon State gained control of Sunday's game with a six-run second inning, taking advantage of four Hornet errors in the inning for an 8-2 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Graham and Paul Richie all delivered run-scoring singles in the inning, and four of the Beavers' runs were unearned.

OSU tacked on four more runs in the top of the third to make it 12-2. Graham added another run-scoring single through the left side and Shea McFeely added added a two-run triple to rightfield before scoring on a passed ball to cap the inning.

The Beavers didn't score the rest of the day, though, and managed just five hits over the last six innings.

'I thought we came out with great energy and then quit playing after the third inning offensively,' Casey said. 'I hope our guys realize you can't do that in conference - when you've got a big lead, you've got to keep playing.'

Baldwin allowed four hits in his six innings, walking two and striking out three as he improved to 5-3 this season. Kyle Aselton, Ben Rowe and Jared Sanders finished off the game, with the Hornets not cutting into the Beavers' lead until picking up three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

'We pitched very well all weekend,' Casey said. 'We defended for the first two days; I thought today we were average. We made some great catches in the outfield, Aaron Mathews made a great catch, but I think we're disappointed that offensively we didn't sustain anything after the third inning.'

The teams had traded miscues in the first inning, each scoring twice. Mathews singled to left-center to drive in one run and another scored on a Sacramento State error on the play in the top of the inning. OSU then gave away the lead in the bottom of the first inning, committing three errors to hand the Hornets a pair of runs on just one hit.

Graham was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in for OSU, while Cole Gillespie was 2-for-2 with a double, Lissman was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and McFeely was 2-for-5 with a triple. Ellsbury stole a pair of bases, giving him a Pac-10-leading 17 on the season and putting him within two steals of earning a place on OSU's all-time single-season top 10.

The start of the game was pushed back 28 minutes by a brief shower, the first time this season an Oregon State game had been delayed by rain.

OREGON STATE 12, SACRAMENTO STATE 6Oregon State         264 000 000 - 12 14 3Sacramento State     200 000 031 -  6 13 6

Baldwin, Aselton (7), Rowe (8), Sanders (8) and Richie. Hendon,Lively (3), Joyce (4), Mohr (6), Stelzreide (9) and Aure, Morales (8). W-Baldwin (5-3).L-Hendon (1-3). 2B-Gillespie (OSU), Hnilo (CSUS), Morales (CSUS). 3B-McFeely (OSU).

HITS: Oregon State 14 (Ellsbury 1x6, Graham 3x6, Lissman 2x4, McFeely2x5, Mathews 1x5, Richie 1x3, Gillespie 2x2, Calderon 1x5, Kunda 1x4), Sacramento State13 (Arroyo 1x5, Santiago 1x3, Acha 1x5, Flowers 2x4, Hnilo 3x3, Kassebaum 1x3, Aure 2x3,Morales 1x1, Strombach 1x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 7 (Ellsbury 1, Graham 2,McFeely 2, Mathews 1, Richie 1), Sacramento State 4 (Hnilo 1, LeVier 1, Morales 2).

Oregon State 12 (24-11) Sacramento State 6 (22-25)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 6 2 1 1 Jack Arroyo 2b............. 5 0 1 0Tyler Graham lf............ 6 2 3 2 Brian Blauser 1b........... 2 0 0 0Mike Lissman dh............ 4 3 2 0 Pedro Santiago 3b......... 3 1 1 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 5 2 2 2 John Acha dh............... 5 1 1 0Aaron Mathews rf........... 5 0 1 1 Brett Flowers 3b/1b........ 4 2 2 0Paul Richie c.............. 3 0 1 1 Ryan Browne lf............. 2 0 0 0Scott Nelson 1b............ 2 1 0 0 Andy Hnilo lf/rf.......... 3 1 3 1 Cole Gillespie ph/1b...... 2 0 2 0 Craig Johnson rf........... 1 0 0 0Tony Calderon ss........... 5 1 1 0 Travis Kassebaum cf....... 3 0 1 0Chad Schroeder 2b.......... 0 0 0 0 Bret LeVier ss............. 4 1 0 1 Chris Kunda ph/2b......... 4 1 1 0 Kyle Aure c................ 3 0 2 0Andy Baldwin p............. 0 0 0 0 Buddy Morales c........... 1 0 1 2 Kyle Aselton p............ 0 0 0 0 Jim Strombach cf/lf........ 4 0 1 0 Ben Rowe p................ 0 0 0 0 Marshall Hendon p.......... 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Mitch Lively p............ 0 0 0 0 Mick Joyce p.............. 0 0 0 0 Andy Mohr p............... 0 0 0 0 Renecke Stelzriede p...... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 42 12 14 7 Totals..................... 40 6 13 4

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 264 000 000 - 12 14 3Sacramento State.... 200 000 031 - 6 13 6-------------------------------------------

E - Schroeder 2; Baldwin; Flowers 2; Browne 2; LeVier; Strombach. DP - Oregon St. 1.LOB - Oregon St. 8; Sac. St. 9. 2B - Gillespie; Hnilo; Morales. 3B - McFeely. HBP -Richie. SH - Kunda. SB - Ellsbury 2; Graham; Lissman, Richie.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Andy Baldwin W,5-3........ 6.0 4 2 0 2 3Kyle Aselton .............. 1.0 2 0 0 0 0Ben Rowe .................. 0.2 4 3 3 0 0Jared Sanders ............. 1.1 3 1 1 0 1

Sacramento State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Marshall Hendon L,1-3..... 2.2 8 11 6 2 1Mitch Lively .............. 0.1 1 1 0 1 1Mick Joyce ................ 2.1 2 0 0 0 0Andy Mohr ................. 2.2 3 0 0 0 3Renecke Stelzriede ........ 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

WP - Hendon; Joyce. HBP - by Joyce (Richie). PB - Aure.

Umpires - HP: Jeff Henrich 1B: Bryan Rose 3B: Wayne NeaultStart: 1:28 pm Time: 2:59 Attendance: 118

Lively faced 1 batter in the 4th.Start of game delayed 28 minutes by rain.

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