Big Innings Doom Bulldogs
March 12, 2004
March 12, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University used the big inning Friday to down Gonzaga University 12-2 in a non-conference baseball game at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on the OSU campus.
The Beavers (11-4) defeated the Bulldogs (5-10) for the second time this season, OSU taking an 8-6 victory at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz., in GU's second outing of the season. The teams will play the middle game of this weekend's three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m.
OSU sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning to set the tone early. Andy Jenkins doubled to centerfield to score a pair of runs and Shea McFeely followed with a double to right-centerfield to score Jenkins.
Jenkins led off the OSU third by reaching on an error, McFeely walked and Aaron Mathews tripled to right-center to score two more runs and chase Gonzaga starter and loser Patrick Donovan (1-2). Donovan was touched for four hits, six runs, five earned runs and four walks in his two-plus innings.
Nate Williams came on for Donovan and gave up a groundout RBI and a bases loaded walk before getting the Bulldogs out of the inning.
The Beavers sent nine more men to the plate in the sixth inning to score four runs and grab an 11-2 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a home run, Mathews had a RBI single and Tony Calderon a RBI double to highlight the inning.
Gonzaga tried to get back into the game in the top of the third. Brad Welker led off with a single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kiel Thibault, hitting a team-leading .370 entering the contest, singled to right field to advance Welker to third. Jeff Culpepper singled through the right side to score Welker for his 11th RBI of the season. Marshall Bratton advanced Thibault to third and Culpepper to second with a sacrifice bunt down the third base line, and David Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to right for his 12th RBI of the second to score Thibault.
The Bulldogs had a chance to grab the early lead, loading the bases in the first inning on an error, a walk and a two-out infield single by Bratton, but OSU starter and winner Jake Postlewait (4-0) got Johnson to fly to right to end the inning.
Except for the first and third innings, the Bulldogs never had more than one runner reach base in any other inning and were retired in order in five of the last eight innings.
Postlewait went seven innings, allowing five hits, walking one and striking out five. He entered Friday's game with a 1.96 ERA and both Bulldog runs were earned
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