Baseball Falls To Oregon State 8-6
Feb. 14, 2004
SURPRISE, Ariz. - The Gonzaga University Bulldogs once again pounded out double-digit hits on Saturday afternoon but this time they were on the losing side of the scoreboard as Oregon State University (2-0) scored seven runs over a three inning period to prevail 8-6. Gonzaga (1-1) collected three more hits than the Beavers but could not pick up the win despite an early 3-1 lead during second day action at the Coca-Cola Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz.
After falling behind in the top of the third on an Aaron Mathews double, Gonzaga took advantage of one of Oregon State's four errors with a three run third inning. David Johnson drove the first run with a sacrifice fly to left followed by an RBI single to right by Matt Reding that would score two runs after an error by the Beavers right fielder.
Oregon State tied the game in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run by Shea McFeely against Bulldogs starter Ed Clelland. Bobby McEwen (0-1) would enter the game in the sixth for Gonzaga and the Beavers scored five runs off the freshman pitcher during the sixth and seventh innings. Billy Munich drove home the first Beavers run in the sixth with an RBI to centerfield while Mathews drove home his second run to end the sixth inning scoring. Tony Calderon and Chris Campos had back-to-back RBI doubles in the seventh to finish off Oregon State's scoring.
Gonzaga chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the seventh as Aaron McGuinness and Jackson Brennan each drove home runs with RBI singles. Gonzaga added one more run in the eighth on a RBI ground out by Johnson. Gonzaga ended the game with runners at second and third in the ninth as Dallas Buck struck out two batters to pick up his second save of the season. Kevin Gunderson (1-0) picked up the win for OSU with two innings in relief.
Brennan led all players with four hits on the afternoon while Kiel Thibault and McGuinness each added two hits for Gonzaga. McFeely was the top Beavers hitter with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Gonzaga continues tournament play on Sunday afternoon with a game against the University of Utah. The Bulldogs will then stay an extra day in Arizona to face No. 7 Arizona State on Monday night in Tempe.
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