Beavers Get Baseball Split With 16-3 Win

May 18, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tony Calderon homered twice and drove in six runs as Oregon State beat Portland 16-3 in the second game of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday evening at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. That gave the Beavers a split after the Pilots had taken the seven-inning opener 3-1 on a gray, damp day.

OSU (28-19 overall, 7-11 Pacific-10) now goes to Washington State for a Pacific-10 series with games Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon; all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240). Portland (11-42, 5-22 West Coast) hosts Santa Clara this weekend to conclude its season.

After dropping Tuesday's first game, the Beavers finally broke loose with a six-run fifth inning in the second game that helped them break a seven-game losing streak.

'Jonah Nickerson pitched his tail off, he pitched great, and we couldn't get any runs,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said of the freshman, who threw a six-hitter in the opener. 'Hopefully this second game will turn our guys around and get them rejuvenated.

With a strong finish, OSU could earn a berth in the NCAA Regionals. After traveling to WSU, the Beavers return home to finish the regular season against UCLA from May 28-30.

'We've got a tough road ahead of us, but it's still in our hands,' Casey said. 'With six games left to play in the season, we know what we have to do and it's a heck of a lot better than having six games left in the season and just trying to play it out.'

Added Calderon: 'The way we started, we started with seven in a row and we could possibly do that. Our team has the capability of coming out and playing really well at times and playing really poorly at times. I think if we come out and put it all together ...'

Calderon has struggled much of this season, but the senior shortstop put together his second six-RBI game in the past month to help the Beavers break loose. His three-run homer capped OSU's six-run inning and gave the Beavers a 9-3 lead, then he added a solo homer in the seventh inning and a run-scoring double in the eighth; he had started OSU's scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second inning.

'That flushed a lot of things out,' Calderon said of the fifth-inning outburst, in which the Beavers capitalized on a Portland error to push across five unearned runs. 'A lot of people are struggling right now and people are just trying to get off the schneid. The thing is, we capitalized in that situation; at Arizona State, if we'd have capitalized in certain situations we'd have come out with at least one victory. The good thing is, we capitalized today and we came out with a victory.'

Portland had maintained its momentum in the top of the first inning when Jeff Crinklaw hit a two-run homer off OSU righthander Ben Rowe, who was making his first start since March 21. That was all the senior would give up as he went five innings to even his record at 1-1, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out one.

OSU tied the game in the bottom of the second inning on Calderon's sacrifice fly and Billy Munich's two-out, run-scoring single. The freshman catcher had his first career multi-hit game by going 2-for-3 with a double; Calderon and Shea McFeely were both 3-for-4 and Chris Kunda was 2-for-4, while Chris Campos drove in three runs.

In the opener, Nickerson pitched the Beavers' first complete game of the season but took the loss as the Beavers managed just seven hits of their own against Portland's Andrew Renyer and Trent Kristjanson. Nickerson allowed six hits and one walk while striking out seven as his record fell to 4-2 this season.

Portland broke through for a pair of runs in the second inning after Nickerson gave up a single to Crinklaw and a walk to Mike McRae to start the inning. After the runners were sacrificed to second and third, Adam Kerr drove in a run with a groundout and Billy Krause doubled to rightfield to make it 2-0.

Oregon State left runners in scoring position in the first and third innings before finally scoring in the fifth when Kunda walked and eventually scored on Mike Lissman's two-out single to left-center; Lissman was 2-for-3 for the Beavers. Portland answered in the top of the sixth, though, as Crinklaw led off with a double and scored on Joe Watson's sacrifice fly.

GAME ONE: PORTLAND 3, OREGON STATE 1Portland      020 001 0 - 3 6 0Oregon State  000 010 0 - 1 7 1                Renyer, Kristjanson (5) and Crinklaw. Nickerson and Richey. W-Renyer(1-0). L-Nickerson (4-2). Sv-Kristjanson (1). 2B-Crinklaw (UP), Krause (UP), Gillespie(OSU).                HITS: Portland 6 (Kosach 1x3, Crinklaw 2x2, Watson 1x1, Krause 1x3,Rodgers 1x3), Oregon State 7 (Graham 1x4, Lissman 2x3, Mathews 1x3, Gillespie 1x1,McFeely 1x3, Richie 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Portland 3 (Watson 1, Kerr 1, Krause 1),Oregon State 1 (Lissman 1).GAME TWO: OREGON STATE 16, PORTLAND 3Portland      200 000 010 -  3  6 2Oregon State  021 061 42x - 16 13 2                Peters, Cox (4), Jones (5), Ball (6), Adams (8) and Crinklaw. Rowe,McCormick (6), Sanders (8), Steele (9) and Munich, Hernandez (8). W-Rowe (1-1).L-Peters (3-9). 2B-Calderon (OSU), Munich (OSU). HR-Crinklaw (UP), Lissman (OSU),Calderon 2 (OSU).                HITS: Portland 6 (Little 1x3, Kosach 1x4, Vetters 1x5, Crinklaw 1x2,Krause 1x4, Rodgers 1x3), Oregon State 13 (Lissman 1x4, Campos 1x3, McFeely 3x4,Calderon 3x4, Munich 2x3, Graham 1x1, Kunda 2x4). RUNS BATTED IN: Portland 3(Crinklaw 2, Watson 1), Oregon State 14 (Lissman 1, Ellsbury 1, Mathews 1, Campos 3,McFeely 1, Calderon 6, Munich 1).

GAME ONEPortland 3 (11-41) Oregon State 1 (27-19)Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Gustaf Little 2b........... 4 0 0 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 4 0 0 0Nik Kosach lf.............. 3 0 1 0 Tyler Graham lf............ 4 0 1 0Travis Vetters rf.......... 3 0 0 0 Mike Lissman dh............ 3 0 2 1Jeffrey Crinklaw c......... 2 2 2 0 Aaron Mathews rf........... 3 0 1 0Mike McRae 3b.............. 2 1 0 0 Andy Jenkins 1b............ 2 0 0 0Joe Watson dh.............. 1 0 1 1 Cole Gillespie ph/1b...... 1 0 1 0Adam Kerr 1b............... 3 0 0 1 Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 0 1 0Billy Krause cf............ 3 0 1 1 Paul Richie c.............. 3 0 1 0Jesse Rodgers ss........... 3 0 1 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 1 0 0 0Andrew Renyer p............ 0 0 0 0 Chris Campos ph........... 1 0 0 0 Trent Kristjanson p....... 0 0 0 0 Chad Schroeder ss......... 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 2 1 0 0 Jonah Nickerson p.......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 24 3 6 3 Totals..................... 27 1 7 1

Score by Innings R H E-----------------------------------------Portland............ 020 001 0 - 3 6 0Oregon State........ 000 010 0 - 1 7 1-----------------------------------------E - Mathews. DP - Portland 1. LOB - Portland 4; Oregon St. 7. 2B - Crinklaw; Krause; Gillespie. HBP - Crinklaw; Calderon. SH - Watson. SF - Watson. SB - Graham; Lissman. CS - Rodgers.Portland IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Andrew Renyer W,1-0....... 4.2 6 1 1 1 5Trent Kristjanson S,1..... 2.1 1 0 0 0 3Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Jonah Nickerson L,4-2..... 7.0 6 3 3 1 7HBP - by Renyer (Calderon); by Nickerson (Crinklaw).Umpires - HP: John Pierce 1B: Scott Eastburn 3B: Dave PerezStart: 2:33 pm Time: 1:37

GAME TWOPortland 3 (11-42) Oregon State 16 (28-19)Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Gustaf Little 2b........... 3 1 1 0 Mike Lissman lf............ 4 2 1 1 Sean Sargent ph........... 1 0 0 0 Matt Hernandez c.......... 1 0 0 0Nik Kosach lf.............. 4 0 1 0 Cole Gillespie 1b.......... 1 2 0 0Travis Vetters rf.......... 5 1 1 0 Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 2 0 0 1Jeffrey Crinklaw c......... 2 1 1 2 Aaron Mathews rf........... 5 1 0 1Mike McRae 3b.............. 2 0 0 0 Chris Campos dh............ 3 2 1 3Joe Watson dh.............. 4 0 0 1 Shea McFeely 3b............ 4 3 3 1Adam Kerr 1b............... 3 0 0 0 Tony Calderon ss........... 4 3 3 6Billy Krause cf............ 4 0 1 0 Billy Munich c............. 3 0 2 1Jesse Rodgers ss........... 3 0 1 0 Tyler Graham pr/lf........ 1 1 1 0 Given Kutz ph............. 1 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............. 4 2 2 0Matthew Peters p........... 0 0 0 0 Ben Rowe p................. 0 0 0 0 Brian Cox p............... 0 0 0 0 Jake McCormick p.......... 0 0 0 0 Joe Jones p............... 0 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Stephen Ball p............ 0 0 0 0 Kurt Steele p............. 0 0 0 0 Jared Adams p............. 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 32 3 6 3 Totals..................... 32 16 13 14Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Portland............ 200 000 010 - 3 6 2Oregon State........ 021 061 42X - 16 13 2-------------------------------------------E - Little; McRae; McFeely 2. DP - Portland 2; Oregon St. 2. LOB - Portland 9;Oregon St. 6. 2B - Calderon; Munich. HR - Crinklaw; Lissman; Calderon 2. HBP -Crinklaw; Kerr. SH - Gillespie. SF - Campos; Calderon.Portland IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Matthew Peters L,3-9...... 3.0 3 3 3 2 2Brian Cox ................. 1.2 4 6 1 2 0Joe Jones ................. 0.2 1 1 1 3 0Stephen Ball .............. 1.2 3 4 4 3 1Jared Adams ............... 1.0 2 2 2 1 0Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Ben Rowe W,1-1............ 5.0 3 2 2 3 1Jake McCormick ............ 2.0 1 0 0 2 0Jared Sanders ............. 1.0 1 1 1 0 0Kurt Steele ............... 1.0 1 0 0 0 0WP - McCormick. HBP - by McCormick (Kerr); by Sanders (Crinklaw). PB - Munich.Umpires - HP: Scott Eastburn 1B: Dave Perez 3B: John PierceStart: 4:45 pm Time: 2:42 Attendance: 273

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