Big Innings Cost Beavers In Baseball Loss

May 16, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Oregon State miscues helped 14th-ranked Arizona State to a pair of big innings as the Beavers fell 8-4 in Pacific-10 baseball Sunday afternoon at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils scored four times in the second inning, then broke the game open with four more in the seventh.

OSU (27-18 overall, 7-11 Pacific-10) now hosts Portland in a non-conference game Tuesday at 5 p.m. before going to Washington State for a Pac-10 series next weekend. All four games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

Against ASU (35-13, 10-8), the Beavers walked four hitters and committed a key error in the second inning to fall behind 4-1. OSU crept back within 4-3 in the middle of the seventh inning, then a hit batter, two walks and another costly error helped Arizona State to an 8-3 lead.

Freshman lefthander Kevin Gunderson gave Oregon State its chance to get back in the ballgame, allowing just one run in a season-high five innings of work. Gunderson scattered four hits and one walk while striking out three.

Gunderson entered the game after starter Andy Baldwin faltered in the second inning. After Zechry Zinicola led off with a double, Josh Asanovich walked; Baldwin then uncorked a pitch in the dirt to Colin Curtis and the runners tried to advance. OSU catcher Paul Richie blocked the pitch, though, and threw to third baseman Shea McFeely with the ball arriving well before Zinicola; McFeely dropped the ball, however.

Baldwin then walked Curtis and Tuffy Gosewisch to force in the tying run, gave up a run-scoring single to Joe Perischina, and failed to find the strike zone on his first pitch to Nick Walsh. That brought Gunderson into the game and he allowed a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single before getting the final two hitters to end the inning with the score still 4-1.

OSU had picked up an unearned run in the first inning, and the Beavers made it 4-2 in the top of the fifth when Mike Lissman hit his sixth homer of the season. It was 4-3 after Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by a pitch to start the seventh inning and eventually scored when Aaron Mathews hit into a double play.

In the bottom of the seventh, though, Gunderson was lifted after hitting Travis Buck to start the inning. After Nathan Pendley retired the only hitter he faced, Jared Sanders was brought in to face Zinicola and he homered to left on the first pitch he saw to make it 6-3. OSU would use five pitchers in the inning, and an error by shortstop Tony Calderon allowed a pair of unearned runs.

The Beavers threatened again in the eighth, getting a one-out homer from Shea McFeely - his fifth of the year - and then back-to-back two-out singles from Tyler Graham and Chris Kunda. But ASU reliever Erik Averill came in to strike out Paul Richie and end the inning with the score still 8-4.

Ellsbury was 2-for-3; Graham, McFeely and Andy Jenkins were 2-for-4 and Lissman was 2-for-5 for the Beavers. Ellsbury also had his 20th stolen base of the season, moving him into a tie for ninth place on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders and putting him within one steal of a place on the Beavers all-time career top 10 with 34.

NO. 14 ARIZONA STATE 8, OREGON STATE 4

Oregon State         100 010 110 - 4 10 2Arizona State 040 000 40x - 8 10 1

Baldwin, Gunderson (2), Pendley (7), Sanders (7), Aselton (7), McCormick(7) and Richie. Bordes, Andes (6), Cassa (7), Averill (8) and Gosewisch. W-Bordes (3-0).L-Baldwin (5-5). Sv-Averill (1). 2B-Graham (OSU), Zinicola (ASU), Walsh (ASU). HR-Lissman(OSU), McFeely (OSU), Zinicola (ASU).

HITS: Oregon State 10 (Ellsbury 2x3, Lissman 2x5, Jenkins 2x4, McFeely 2x4,Graham 2x4), Arizona State 10 (Pedroia 2x4, Buck 1x2, Zinicola 2x5, Asanovich 1x4, Gosewisch1x3, Persichina 1x1, Cook 1x3, Walsh 1x1). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 2 (Lissman 1, McFeely1), Arizona State 8 (Pedroia 2, Zinicola 2, Gosewisch 1, Persichina 1, Cook 1, Walsh 1).

Oregon State 4 (27-18,7-11 PAC-10) Arizona State 8 (35-13,10-8 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 3 2 2 0 Dustin Pedroia ss.......... 4 0 2 2Paul Richie c.............. 3 0 0 0 Travis Buck rf............. 2 1 1 0Mike Lissman dh............ 5 1 2 1 Jeff Larish lf............. 5 0 0 0Aaron Mathews rf........... 4 0 0 0 Zechry Zinicola dh......... 5 2 2 2Tony Calderon ss........... 5 0 0 0 Josh Asanovich 3b.......... 4 1 1 0Andy Jenkins 1b............ 4 0 2 0 Colin Curtis cf............ 2 2 0 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 4 1 2 1 Tuffy Gosewisch c.......... 3 2 1 1Chris Kunda 2b............. 2 0 0 0 Joe Persichina 1b.......... 1 0 1 1Tyler Graham lf............ 4 0 2 0 Chris Cook ph/1b.......... 3 0 1 1Andy Baldwin p............. 0 0 0 0 Nick Walsh 2b.............. 1 0 1 1 Kevin Gunderson p......... 0 0 0 0 Brett Bordes p............. 0 0 0 0 Nathan Pendley p.......... 0 0 0 0 Quentin Andes p........... 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Pat Cassa p............... 0 0 0 0 Kyle Aselton p............ 0 0 0 0 Erik Averill p............ 0 0 0 0 Jake McCormick p.......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 34 4 10 2 Totals..................... 30 8 10 8

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 100 010 110 - 4 10 2Arizona State....... 040 000 40X - 8 10 1-------------------------------------------

E - Calderon; McFeely; Walsh. DP - Oregon St. 1; Arizona St. 2. LOB - Oregon St. 10;Arizona St. 9. 2B - Graham; Zinicola; Walsh. HR - Lissman; McFeely; Zinicola. HBP -Ellsbury 2; Buck; Walsh. SH - Richie; Kunda; Buck. SF - Walsh. SB - Ellsbury; Buck.CS - Gosewisch.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Andy Baldwin L,5-5........ 1.0 3 4 3 3 0Kevin Gunderson ........... 5.0 4 1 1 1 3Nathan Pendley ............ 0.1 0 0 0 0 0Jared Sanders ............. 0.1 2 3 1 1 0Kyle Aselton .............. 0.0 0 0 0 1 0Jake McCormick ............ 1.1 1 0 0 1 0

Arizona State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Brett Bordes W,3-0........ 5.0 4 2 1 2 4Quentin Andes ............. 1.0 2 1 1 1 1Pat Cassa ................. 1.2 4 1 1 0 0Erik Averill S,1.......... 1.1 0 0 0 0 3

HBP - by Bordes (Ellsbury); by Gunderson (Walsh); by Andes (Ellsbury); by Gunderson(Buck).

Umpires - HP: Tony Norris 1B: Kevin Gillmore 3B: Larry RandallStart: 1:06 pm Time: 3:04 Attendance: 2354

Baldwin faced 5 batters in the 2nd.Andes faced 2 batters in the 7th.Gunderson faced 1 batter in the 7th.Aselton faced 1 batter in the 7th.

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