Beavers Get One Win, Play Two Sunday

May 22, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Oregon State played one inning and got a win, then called it a day Saturday as the Beavers finished a 3-2 win over Washington State in Pacific-10 baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field. OSU and WSU were able to complete their game that had been suspended after eight innings on Friday night, but it began raining shortly after the final out. With more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for the rest of the evening, Saturday night's second game of the series was postponed.

Oregon State (29-19 overall, 8-11 Pacific-10) and Washington State (26-24, 6-13) are now scheduled to wrap up their series with a doubleheader Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Both games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com

'We just need our guys to keep their focus,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'We've been out here now for two days and have played one game, now Sunday we have to get up and play a doubleheader. I just hope our guys understand what's out there and that they have to come out ready to go early in the morning.'

The Beavers likely need to win four of their final five games to have a strong chance at a spot in the NCAA Regionals. After the trip to Washington State, OSU finishes the regular season at home against UCLA next weekend.

'I just hope our guys understand that they've been working very hard since Sept. 15; I want them to get out of this season what they deserve, and hopefully we come out Sunday and make things happen for us on the field and get a couple wins,' Casey said. 'Our guys have had a good year. We went through a bad stretch lately at a bad time of year to go through that; if we can recover, we can fix that but we've got a tough road ahead.'

Dallas Buck pitched the ninth inning on Saturday to finish the series-opener, giving up just a groundball single with one out as he recorded his sixth save of the season. Jake Postlewait earned the win for his 7 2/3 innings of seven-hit ball on Friday night, improving his record to 10-3 this season.

'Dallas pitched strong for an inning, but Jake was the guy who got his 10th win and got us in that position,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'We've talked all year about how pitching and defense win games and it came true in this game.'

Buck, who had been scheduled to start the second game of the series on Saturday night, will get one of the pitching starts on Sunday and another freshman righthander, Jonah Nickerson, will get the other.

'We feel good about our staff; we think our staff has enough arms that a doubleheader won't affect us,' Casey said.

The Beavers were outhit 8-5 in the series' first game but played errorless defense. The key hit was Tony Calderon's three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning; the senior shortstop sent a two-ball, two-strike pitch from WSU righthander Aaron Trolia over the left-centerfield wall for his third homer in OSU's last two games.

'Tony has done a good job for us,' Casey said of the senior shortstop, who has 37 runs batted in this season despite batting just .213. 'It's nice to see him have a couple games where some positive things have happened for him. He's had his ups and downs this year. Maybe he can get hot here for us.'

Postlewait's 10th win of the season puts the senior lefthander in a tie for seventh place on Oregon State's all-time list of single-season victory leaders, just one win away from a tie for second. In his 7 2/3 innings on Friday, he allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out two. After giving up Grant Richardson's solo homer to start the second inning, Postlewait faced just two hitters over the minimum over the next six innings of work.

Buck, pitching in relief for the first time since being moved into OSU's starting rotation for the start of Pac-10 play the last week of March, took sole possession of third place on the Beavers' all-time list of single-season save leaders. His six saves also put him in a tie for fourth place on the school's career list.

When the Cougars again put together a threat in the eighth inning on Friday night and dark clouds began blowing over the ballpark with 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.

OSU had also benefited from a batter's interference call earlier in the inning. After Postlewait hit Collin Henderson with a pitch to start the eighth, Brandon Reddinger was called out for making contact with OSU catcher Paul Richie as Richie tried to throw Henderson out at second base.

After McFeely's throw to Gillespie ended the inning, a 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.

Play resumed Saturday at 4:56 p.m., a few minutes ahead of the scheduled start, as more clouds began rolling in. It took just 14 minutes to complete the game, with the thunderstorm moving over the ballpark shortly thereafter. At approximately 6:20 p.m., the decision was announced to play a Sunday doubleheader.

OREGON STATE 3, WASHINGTON STATE 2Oregon State         000 300 000 - 3 5 0Washington State     010 000 010 - 2 8 0

Postlewait, Sanders (8), Buck (9) and Richie. Trolia, Alwert (9)and Reddinger. W-Postlewait (10-3). L-Trolia (5-5). Sv-Buck (6). HR-Calderon (OSU),Richardson (WSU).

HITS: Oregon State 5 (Ellsbury 1x3, Hass 2x4, Calderon 1x4, Kunda 1x4),Washington State 8 (Rubin 2x3, Jas. Freeman 2x3, Richardson 2x4, McAngus 1x4, Hart 1x1).RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 3 (Calderon 3), Washington State 2 (Jas. Freeman 1,Richardson 1).

Oregon State 3 (29-19,8-11 PAC-10) Washington State 2 (26-24,6-13 PAC-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 3 0 1 0 Kaeo Rubin lf.............. 3 0 2 0Paul Richie c.............. 3 0 0 0 Jason Freeman 2b........... 3 0 2 1Chris Campos lf............ 3 0 0 0 Jay Miller rf.............. 3 0 0 0 Tyler Graham lf........... 1 0 0 0 J.J. Burress ss........... 0 0 0 0Aaron Mathews rf........... 4 0 0 0 Grant Richardson 1b........ 4 1 2 1Mike Hass dh............... 4 1 2 0 Zach McAngus 3b............ 4 0 1 0Cole Gillespie 1b.......... 3 1 0 0 Greg Keim pr.............. 0 0 0 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 3 0 0 0 Zach Franklin dh........... 4 0 0 0Tony Calderon ss........... 4 1 1 3 Collin Henderson cf........ 2 1 0 0Chris Kunda 2b............. 4 0 1 0 Zach Kosturos ph.......... 1 0 0 0Jake Postlewait p.......... 0 0 0 0 Brandon Reddinger c........ 3 0 0 0 Jared Sanders p........... 0 0 0 0 Justin McClure ss.......... 2 0 0 0 Dallas Buck p............. 0 0 0 0 Justin Hart ph/rf......... 1 0 1 0 Aaron Tolia p.............. 0 0 0 0 Garrett Alwert p.......... 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 32 3 5 3 Totals..................... 30 2 8 2

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 000 300 000 - 3 5 0Washington State.... 010 000 010 - 2 8 0-------------------------------------------

DP - Oregon St. 3. LOB - Oregon St. 9; Wash. St. 5. HR - Calderon; Richardson. HBP -Ellsbury; Richie; McFeely; Henderson. CS - Jas. Freeman.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Jake Postlewait W,10-3.... 7.2 7 2 2 3 2Jared Sanders ............. 0.1 0 0 0 0 0Dallas Buck S,6........... 1.0 1 0 0 0 0

Washington State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Aaron Tolia L,5-5......... 8.0 5 3 3 3 7Garrett Alwert ............ 1.0 0 0 0 1 1

WP - Trolia. HBP - by Trolia (McFeely); by Trolia (Richie); by Trolia (Ellsbury); byPostlewait (Henderson). BK - Postlewait.

Umpires - HP: Terry Mann 1B: Phil Benson 3B: Tony NorrisStart: 6:03 pm Time: 2:23 Attendance: 303

Game notes:Rain delay at 8:12 p.m.; game suspended at 9:12 p.m. to be completed May 22Game resumed May 22 at 4:56 p.m.

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