March 7, 2001
Oregon State got a school-record-tying seven home runs from seven different hitters and a solid pitching performance from top starter Scott Nicholson in a 17-3 romp over the Washington baseball team in the second game of a two-game non-Pac-10 series at Goss Stadium. The UW beat OSU on Tuesday, 10-7.
The Beavers' seven home runs tied a school record set last season, when six different OSU batters hit seven out of the yard at the University of Portland in a 13-5 win.
Nicholson, a senior from Longview, Wash., improved to 3-1 with the win. The lefty worked seven and one-third innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He fanned eight and walked only two -- the last two batters he faced before being relieved.
The Beavers (9-8) held a 2-1 lead going into the fourth inning when Husky starting pitcher Tyler Shepple (0-1) surrendered back-to-back home runs. The first was a three-run blast to right field from first baseman Andy Jarvis. Third baseman Brian Barden followed with a shot to left that gave OSU a 6-1 lead.
In the fourth, with Husky reliever Taylor Grant in to pitch, OSU second baseman Zach Gordon hit a two-run homer to left-center field, increasing his team's lead to 8-1. In the seventh, shortstop Will Hudson hit a solo homer and left fielder Chris Biles belted a three- run blast to deep center for the Beavers' fourth and fifth home runs of the day.
Washington (6-3) scored its first run in the second when Jefferson Thiel singled to drive in Jay Garthwaite, who had reached on an error. In the eighth, after Nicholson had walked two batters with one out, Jay Garthwaite doubled to the left field gap off of reliever Craig Hays to score a pair. Tyler Davidson accounted for three of the Huskies' eight hits in the game, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk.
OSU's Josh Carter, who accounted for the sixth homer of the day with a two-run shot in the eighth, extended his hitting streak to 15 games, going 4-for-5. Later in the eighth, pinch hitter Jason McBride belted a two-run homer to close out the Beavers' seven-HR attack. Barden also had three hits and Jarvis and Curtis Davis added two hits apiece for the Beavers.
Washington opens its home schedule this Friday at 6:30 p.m. vs. Southern Utah at Husky Ballpark. The Huskies and Thunderbirds continue the three-game series with 1:00 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday.
LINESCORE at Goss Stadium/Coleman Field Oregon State 17, Washington 3 Washington 010 000 020 -- 3 8 2 Oregon St. 101 420 54x -- 17 15 2 Tyler Shepple, Taylor Grant (5), Trevor Gibson (6), Jeff Petersen (7), Brian Carter (8) and Jefferson Thiel, Chad Yarbrough (8). Scott Nicholson, Craig Hays (8), Stephen Copeland (9) and Paul Richie. W - Nicholson (3-1). L - Shepple (0-1). 2B - UW, Jay Garthwaite. HR - OSU, Andy Jarvis (4), Brian Barden (3), Zach Gordon (1), Will Hudson (2), Chris Biles (4), Josh Carter (4), Jason McBride (1). T - 3:05. A - 753.