OSU leads when baseball game suspended

May 21, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Oregon State will take a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning at Washington State when the Beavers and Cougars resume Friday's Pacific-10 baseball game on Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field; the contest was suspended due to rain after eight innings. OSU (28-19 overall, 7-11 Pacific-10) and WSU (26-23, 6-12) will finish Friday's game starting at 5 p.m. and then play Saturday's regularly-scheduled game; all of the day's action can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

Oregon State took the lead in the series opener on Tony Calderon's third home run in two games, as the senior shortstop sent a three-run drive over the left-centerfield fence in the top of the fourth inning to make it 3-1. Calderon had homered twice in the second game of a doubleheader against Portland on Tuesday.

With dark clouds blowing over the ballpark and lightning in the distance, the Beavers used a pair of defensive plays to maintain their lead in the bottom of the eighth inning.

With one out and the bases loaded, Jason Freeman singled to leftfield off OSU starter Jake Postlewait to drive in one run and the Cougars also tried to score Justin Hart from second base; leftfielder Tyler Graham's throw to catcher Paul Richie was in time for the out, though, with the runners advancing to second and third on the throw. OSU reliever Jared Sanders then got Jay Miller to hit a sharp grounder to the left of third baseman Shea McFeely; he made the stop and his throw to first was high but Cole Gillespie managed to snag the ball and get back down to the bag for the inning-ending out.

That's when the heavy rain began and a delay was called at 8:12 p.m. After an hour of showers and rain, the game was suspended at 9:12 p.m.

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