OSU Loses Baseball Home-Opener
March 11, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - For the second straight game, Oregon State's Jacoby Ellsbury went over the fence to rob an opposing hitter of a home run but the Beavers fell to Washington 9-5 in non-league baseball at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Tuesday afternoon. The freshman centerfielder was also 3-for-5 with a triple as OSU lost its home-opener for the first time in four years.
The Beavers (9-8 overall) and Huskies (10-6) conclude their midweek series Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Oregon State ballpark.
"We just need to come out the way we did at the beginning of today's game," Ellsbury said after the Huskies' six-run eighth inning erased the last of what had once been a 5-2 OSU lead.. "If we keep our intensity, we'll be okay."
Ellsbury, who moved into the centerfield spot when Aaron Mathews was injured during the second game of the season, is now batting .362 with seven stolen bases. In the fourth inning Tuesday, UW's Kyle Larsen led off with a drive just to the right of straightaway centerfield; Ellsbury went back, found the fence, leaped and brought the ball back over the top of the wall.
"I just went back on the ball, then I saw the fence coming," Ellsbury said. "I just leaped and got it ... it was nice to have the cushion out there this time."
Ellsbury had slammed into one of the padded supports; on Sunday, when he snatched a homer away from Portland's Kory Casto in the left-centerfield gap, he'd smashed his back into an unpadded post and gone down hard.
"I liked this catch better," Ellsbury said. "It was a home game and we had the crowd ... this one was more gratifying."
Said OSU head coach Pat Casey: "Jacoby's play speaks for itself every time he takes the field. He plays this game like a man."
The gathering of 581 on hand for the start of the 94th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field saw Washington go up 2-0 on solo homers by Taylor Johnson and Chad Boudon in the top of the third inning. But the Beavers got a sacrifice fly from Paul Richie and then scored the tying run on a two-out error by the Huskies in the bottom of the inning.
OSU took a 3-2 lead on Chris Kunda's two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the fourth, then stretched that to 4-2 when Ellsbury tripled to right-center to lead off the bottom of the fifth and then scored on another error to chase UW starter Trent Baysinger. The Beavers added a run off reliever David Dowling on Kerisi Reynolds' RBI single in the eighth to make it 5-2.
Oregon State righthander Jon Koller, making his first start after eight relief appearances this season, pitched into the seventh inning and allowed three runs (two earned) on 4 hits and no walks, striking out three. He left when the Huskies put the first two runners on in the top of the seventh; reliever Kenny Anderson walked the first hitter he faced, then got out of the inning allowing just one run after spearing a line drive to start a double play.
Washington punched through in the eighth, though. Larsen led off with a homer to draw the Huskies within 5-4; that was the start of a six-run inning that included three hits, two walks, a hit batter, an error and a pair of wild pitches against Anderson, Kurt Steele and Jared Sanders. Washington went in front when Greg Isaacson, the first hitter Sanders faced, drove a one-ball, one-strike pitch over the leftfield fence for a grand slam to make it 9-5.
OSU had its chances at getting even in the final frames. The Beavers loaded the bases with one out in the eighth and none out in the ninth but couldn't come up with a hit to cut the gap.
Dowling improved his record to 5-0 this season - all those decisions coming in relief - and Carter earned his third save of the spring for Washington. Johnson was 4-for-5 and scored 3 times for the Huskies.
WASHINGTON 9, OREGON STATE 5
Washington 020 000 160 - 9 8 4 Oregon State 020 111 000 - 5 9 2Baysinger, Dowling (5), Conover (8), Carter (9) and Hathaway. Koller, Anderson (7), Steele (8), Sanders (8) and Richie. W-Dowling (5-0). L-Anderson (1-1). Sv-Carter (3). 2B-Reynolds (OSU). 3B-Ellsbury (OSU). HR-Larsen (UW), T. Johnson (UW), Boudon (UW), Isaacson (UW).
HITS: Washington 8 (Drake 1x5, Larsen 1x5, T. Johnson 4x5, Boudon 1x2, Isaacson 1x4), Oregon State 9 (Reynolds 1x4, Ellsbury 3x5, Jarvis 1x2, Webber 1x4, Recuenco 1x1, Kunda 1x5, Graham 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Washington 8 (T. Reynolds 1, Larsen 1, T. Johnson 1, Boudon 1, Isaacson 4), Oregon State 3 (Reynolds 1, Richie 1, Kunda 1).
Washington 9 (10-6) Oregon State 5 (8-8)