May 20, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jonah Nickerson scattered five hits in a complete-game victory while Mitch Canham drove in four runs as Oregon State defeated Washington State, 10-2, in a Pacific-10 Conference game Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 34-20 on the season, 9-11 in Pac-10 play. Oregon State takes the first two games of the series to improve to 37-13 overall, 14-6 in conference action.
Oregon State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of three walks off Cougar starter Wayne Daman Jr. Mitch Canham drew a bases-loaded walk for the first run followed a Shea McFeely sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout off the bat of Bill Rowe.
In the bottom of the second Jared Prince led off with a home run over the wall in left-center. It marked the second straight game Prince has homered in his first at-bat.
After Cole Gillespie doubled in a run in the top of the third, the Cougars answered as Prince's sacrifice fly to right scored Travis Coulter, making it a 4-2, Oregon State lead. Coulter led off the third with a single off of Beaver starter Jonas Nickerson, extending his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest by any Cougar this season.
In the fourth the Beavers put up four more runs, taking an 8-2 lead. Canham had a two-run double to left while John Wallace and Mike Lissman added RBIs in the inning. In the bottom of the inning WSU loaded the bases with two outs, but Gillespie made a nice running catch in left to rob Jay Miller of extra bases, keeping the score at 8-2.
The Beavers closed out the scoring in the eighth with a pair of unearned runs, the final coming on a Canham RBI single to left.
Prince was one of five Cougars to register a hit on the afternoon while driving in both Cougar runs. For the series he has accounted for all three WSU runs, two via home runs and the other on a sacrifice fly. Daman suffered the loss as he went three-plus innings, allowing six runs on five hits, as his record falls to 6-4. Jayson Miller, Josh Williamson and Nick Cebula all saw action on the mound for WSU.
Nickerson went the distance as he improved to 9-3 on the season, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. Offensively, Wallace had three of the Beavers' 11 hits, while Gillespie, Canham and Lissman had two each. In the first two games of the series Canham has five hits and driven in nine runs.
These same two teams conclude the series Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for noon. Prior to the game, five Cougar senior will be honored as part of Senior Day.