Richie Boosts Beavers Past Washington

April 30, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State catcher Paul Richie was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three runs batted in as the Beavers beat Washington 7-3 in Pacific-10 baseball Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Richie also tagged out a pair of Husky runners at the plate on relay throws from shortstop Tony Calderon as OSU (27-12 overall, 7-6 Pacific-10) won for the eighth time in its past nine games and ended Washington's five-game winning streak.

OSU and Washington (24-14-1, 8-5) continue their series Saturday at 4 p.m. and wrap it up Sunday at 1 p.m., and both games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and Fans are advised to arrive early Saturday to assure themselves a chance to see the game; the ballpark's gates will be closed when it reaches its 2,000 capacity.

'That's the beauty of a rivalry,' Richie said. 'You always know it's going to be a good game, no matter what. We have good confidence going into Saturday, but you know they're not going to roll over for us.'

On Friday, a crowd of 1,271 saw the Beavers stay unbeaten against Washington in their four meetings so far this season. OSU took the lead for good at 2-1 in the second inning when Mike Lissman singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Washington starter Kyle Parker; Richie's two-run homer to centerfield extended OSU's lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

After Washington got back within 4-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, OSU pushed the lead to 7-3 with a three-run seventh inning. That included Richie's run-scoring double through the left side and a run-scoring triple to right-center by Aaron Mathews that extended his hitting streak to 19 games.

Richie boosted his batting average to .345 on the night and moved his season-best hitting streak to seven games with his mother, Alane Lee, on hand for OSU's Moms Weekend.

'Paul is having a heck of a season,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'He's been here and he's a four-year guy, and he wants to play beyond the regular season so bad. He's carrying this club in his own way, and I just think it's awesome the way that he's attacked the game and the confidence he's played with. He's just a guy who goes out and gives you everything he has every single day, and I respect the heck out of that.'

And while Richie's third home run of the season was a key in the game, the two tags at the plate may have been more satisfying as they helped the Beavers hold onto narrow leads in the sixth and seventh innings.

'The play at the plate is something you always dream about as a catcher - that one-hopper right at you with the guy bearing down on you,' Richie said. 'That's what baseball's all about ... the throws were there, and our defense did a real good job of getting the ball in and getting it in on time - those were big outs, because they changed the momentum and the tempo of the game.'

In the sixth, UW had runners at first and second with none out when Tyler Mach doubled to left-centerfield. Aaron Hathaway scored and Nick Batkoski was waved home, but the relay from centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to Calderon to Richie was on the money for the first out. Washington added another run and had runners at second and third with the top of the order up, but reliever Jared Sanders came in and got a popout and a groundout to end the inning with OSU still up 4-3.

In the seventh, it was Washington with two out and Hathaway at first for Batkoski, who doubled down the rightfield line. Rightfielder Mathews dug the ball out of the corner and threw it to Calderon near second base as Batkoski reached the bag; the Huskies tried to sneak Hathaway to the plate but Calderon quickly got the ball to Richie, who made the tag as Hathaway tried to slide wide to the right of the plate.

'I was just listening to (second baseman Chris) Kunda, pretty much,' Calderon said. 'He said throw it to four (home plate), so I threw it to four. It's a good thing I made a good throw and we got them ... if we don't get those guys, they're up 5-4.'

Jake Postlewait got the win, with the senior lefthander improving to 9-2 this season as he worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out four. Sanders came up big against Washington for the second time this season; he'd earned the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in OSU's 6-4, 12-inning victory in Seattle on April 13.

'I'm just going out there and having fun,' said the senior righthander, who set OSU's single-season save record with nine in 2002 before struggling last season. 'As a junior, I put too much pressure on myself because of the draft; this year, I'm just looking at it as going out, staying loose and having fun like I used to.'

Kevin Gunderson then pitched a scoreless, hitless final two innings for OSU; he hasn't allowed a run in his last four appearances.

Mathews' triple was his sixth of the season, tying him for second on Oregon State's all-time list of single-season leaders and leaving him one away from tying the school record. It was also the ninth triple of Mathews' career, tying him for fourth on OSU's all-time list.

The crowd was OSU's seventh straight over the 1,000 mark, and it was the 10th time in 13 home games this spring that the Beavers have had a crowd of at least 1,000.

OREGON STATE 7, WASHINGTON 3Washington    010 002 000 - 3  9 0Oregon State  011 020 30x - 7 10 1

Parker, Baysinger (7), Lentz (7) and Hathaway. Postlewait, Pendley (6),Sanders (6), Gunderson (8) and Richie. W-Postlewait (9-2). L-Parker (2-2). 2B-Batkoski(UW), Mach (UW), Richie (OSU). 3B-Mathews (OSU), Gillespie (OSU). HR-Richie (OSU).

HITS: Washington 9 (Lillibridge 1x3, Otness 1x5, Clem 1x5, Hathaway 2x3,Batkoski 1x2, Mach 1x4, B. Johnson 1x4, Isaacson 1x2), Oregon State 10 (Ellsbury 1x3,Richie 3x4, Lissman 2x4, Campos 2x4, Mathews 1x4, Gillespie 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN:Washington 3 (Lillibridge 1, Mach 1, Isaacson 1), Oregon State 5 (Richie 3, Lissman 1,Mathews 1).

Washington 3 (24-14-1,8-5 PAC-10) Oregon State 7 (27-12,7-6 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI

--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Brent Lillibridge cf....... 3 0 1 1 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 3 2 1 0John Otness 3b............. 5 0 1 0 Paul Richie c.............. 4 2 3 3Zach Clem lf............... 5 0 1 0 Mike Lissman dh............ 4 2 2 1Kyle Larsen 1b............. 5 0 0 0 Chris Campos lf............ 4 0 2 0Aaron Hathaway c........... 3 2 2 0 Tyler Graham lf........... 0 0 0 0Nick Batkoski ss........... 2 0 1 0 Aaron Mathews rf........... 4 0 1 1Tyler Mach dh.............. 4 1 1 1 Cole Gillespie 1b.......... 3 1 1 0Ben Johnson rf............. 4 0 1 0 Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 0 0 0Greg Isaacson 2b........... 2 0 1 1 Tony Calderon ss........... 2 0 0 0Kyle Parker p.............. 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 3 0 0 0 Trent Baysinger p......... 0 0 0 0 Jake Postlewait p.......... 0 0 0 0 Richie Lentz p............ 0 0 0 0 Nathan Pendley p.......... 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 33 3 9 3 Totals..................... 30 7 10 5

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Washington.......... 010 002 000 - 3 9 0Oregon State........ 011 020 30X - 7 10 1-------------------------------------------

E - Calderon. DP - Washington 2; Oregon St. 2. LOB - Washington 10; Oregon St. 6. 2B- Batkoski; Mach; Richie. 3B - Mathews; Gillespie. HR - Richie. HBP - Lillibridge;Batkoski; Isaacson; Ellsbury. SH - Kunda. SB - Isaacson. CS - Gillespie; Calderon.

Washington IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Kyle Parker L,2-2......... 6.0 7 4 4 4 2Trent Baysinger ........... 0.1 3 3 3 0 1Richie Lentz .............. 1.2 0 0 0 1 2

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Jake Postlewait W,9-2..... 5.1 5 3 3 4 2Nathan Pendley ............ 0.0 2 0 0 0 0Jared Sanders ............. 1.2 2 0 0 0 0Kevin Gunderson ........... 2.0 0 0 0 0 1

WP - Parker 3. HBP - by Postlewait (Isaacson); by Postlewait (Batkoski); by Baysinger(Ellsbury); by Gunderson (Lillibridge). BK - Baysinger 2; Postlewait.

Umpires - HP: Bill Speck 1B: Mark Beller 3B: Phil BensonStart: 5:03 pm Time: 3:02 Attendance: 1271

Pendley faced 2 batters in the 6th.

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