May 2, 1998
Washington secured at least a share of the Pac-10 North baseball championship Saturday, splitting a doubleheader with Oregon State at Husky Ballpark. OSU nearly no-hit the Huskies in game one and won, 8-2. The UW came back in game two to win 20-6.
Sunday, when the two teams play the fourth of the four-game series, the Huskies (32-14, 16-7) can win the division title outright with a win. An OSU win Sunday would result in a tie for the championship and result in a Monday playoff game to decide which team hosts the Southern Division champ in the Pac-10 Championship Series May 14-16. The Beavers are 32-13-1, 15-8).
In the first game of the doubleheader, OSU ace Andrew Checketts (11-1) entered the final inning having allowed no hits or runs and had faced only one batter over the minimum. Husky right fielder Nick Stefonick broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single. He scored on a Kevin Miller double to break up the shutout attempt.
Husky starter Matt Hampton (3-4) took the game one loss, going the distance. OSU first baseman Matt Bailie hit a two-run homer in the fourth for the first runs of the game, a lead that held up all game.
In game two, the Huskies scored three runs in each of the first two innings before posting nine in the third to put the game away. Washington led 19-0 at one point. Chris Magruder, Stefonick and Miller, the first three batters in the UW order, each drove in five runs in game two.
Miller hit two homers, his 10th and 11th, while Magruder hit his 10th and Stefonick his fourth. Third baseman Ryan Lentz also went deep with his team-leading 13th homer of the year. Stefonick also had a double and a triple in game two as eight of the nine starters scored at least two runs. With his five RBI, Miller broke the UW career record with 158, passing Jeb Best's mark of 157 (1979-82).
Husky freshman Jeff Carlsen (7-3) threw seven innings, allowing only one run on seven hits, for the victory. OSU starter Brody Percell (4-4) allowed 12 runs (only four earned) on eight hits in two and two-thirds innings.
Sunday's game begins at 1:00 p.m. and will air live on KRPM AM-1090.
Pac-10 North Doubleheader Game One -- Oregon State 8, Washington 2 Oregon State 000 320 3 -- 8 13 2 Washington 000 000 2 -- 2 2 1 Andrew Checketts (W, 11-1) and Ben Bertrand. Matt Hampton (L, 3-4) and Pete Orgill. 2B - UW, Kevin Miller. HR - OSU, Matt Bailie (7), Rob Colley (5). T - 2:09.
Game Two -- Washington 20, Oregon State 6 Oregon State 000 001 041 -- 6 11 6 Washington 339 400 01x -- 20 17 0 Brody Percell, Paul Hansen (3), Don Stykel (4) and Ben Bertrand, Brett Bowring (5). Jeff Carlsen, Matt Gardner (8), Cody Morrison (9) and Ryan Bundy, Pete Orgill (7). W - Carlsen (7-3). L - Percell (4-4). 2B - OSU, Drew Hedges; UW, Kevin Ticen, Nick Stefonick. 3B - UW, Stefonick. HR - OSU, Bowring (1), Joe Gerber 2 (11), Matt Bailie (8), Bryan Duerr (2); UW, Kevin Miller 2 (11), Chris Magruder (10), Ryan Lentz (13), Stefonick (4). T - 3:07. A - 1,042.