Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 14 Oregon State Wins Second Straight Over Baseball
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 09, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            CORVALLIS, Ore. ?- The Arizona baseball team stranded seven of its 10 runners left on base in scoring position, and committed five errors on defense in a 10-2 loss to No. 14 Oregon State at Coleman Field in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday.


The eight-run victory ensured OSU of the conference series win over the Wildcats, and improved it to 21-8 overall and to 3-2 in the conference. Arizona fell 13-16 overall and to 1-4 in the Pac-10 with the loss.


            The Beavers opened the scoring in the second inning with three runs off of three hits and an error. Senior second baseman Chris Kunda provided the big punch, driving in a pair in the frame with a two-out single to right.


            OSU added a run in the third, answered UA’s two runs in the fourth with a pair of its own in the bottom half of the inning to extend its advantage back to four, and scored one more in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-2 lead.


            A three-run eighth capped off the scoring for the Beavers on the day.


            OSU, which finished with 13 hits on the afternoon, had seven of its nine starters finish with at least one hit in the game. Mitch Canham, Darwin Barney, Cole Gillespie, Shea McFeely and Tyler Graham all finished with two hits apiece. Gillespie and McFeely both tallied a pair of RBI and two runs scored in the win.


            UA’s Brad Mills (3-2) was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. OSU starter Jonah Nickerson improved to 5-3 on the year after continually working out jams and limiting UA to just two runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings on the mound. Reliever Joe Paterson picked up his first save of the season in working the final 3 2/3 innings scoreless.


            Arizona’s lone offense in the contest came when freshmen David Plante and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back solo home runs off of Nickerson in the top of the fourth inning. It marked the first time UA hit home runs in consecutive at-bats since June 6, 2004, when Richard Mercado and Nick Hundley did so against Notre Dame in the South Bend Regional championship game.


            Catcher Konrad Schmidt went 3 for 4 for Wildcats in the loss.


            Arizona will try to avoid its first conference series sweep since 2004 when the two schools meet up the three-game finale on Sunday. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter and all the action can be heard live on 1290 AM, The Source.

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