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Beavers find sparks in seven-run fourth
By Sean Ryan
OMAHA, Neb. –
Oregon State shortstop Darwin Barney spoke of the importance of a spark in
college baseball, something to get a team going.
The Beavers were in
dire need of one Sunday night, trailing North Carolina 5-0 in a must-win second
game of the College World Series championship series.
They got several in
the seven-run fourth inning that changed the complexion of the series.
two-run double that got OSU on the board certainly qualified.
“He went out there,
he was aggressive, he set the tone,” Barney said. All it takes is for one person
to find a hole, to show aggression and to get the dogs going.”
Another spark may
have preceded that short down the left-field line.
“When Ty [Tyler
Graham] stole third…that fired everybody up a little bit,” said Bill Rowe, whose
three-run laser to the right-field seats ended the Beavers’ barrage.
Still trailing 5-0,
Graham took off towards third when OSU had runners on first and second with no
outs. Chris Kunda, who had fallen behind 0-2, worked a walk on a 3-2 pitch to
load the bases for McFeely.
OSU skipper Pat
Casey said Graham’s dash “sent a message to our club: we’re not surrendering.”
Not that anyone
would expect the Beavers to fold. OSU went 4-0 after losing 11-1 to Miami to
open the College World Series just to reach the championship date with North
One of the more
amazing college baseball stats is that no Atlantic Coast Conference team has won
the national title since Wake Forest in 1955. North Carolina missed out on its
first opportunity to break that curse. Monday’s winning team will claim the
first national title in college baseball for either team.
Oregon State won
the toss and again will be the home team for Monday’s final game. The home team
has won each of the first two games. The Beavers are expected to start Jonah
Nickerson, who is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in 14.2 innings in Omaha. Opponents are
hitting .122 off of him with 12 strikeouts. Casey wouldn’t confirm Nickerson as
the starter, saying he would wait until tomorrow to see how the right-hander
felt. He would be throwing on three days’ rest. If not Nickerson, Daniel Turpen,
who shut down Rice earlier in the week, likely could go after throwing only six
pitches Sunday night. North Carolina will start Daniel Bard, who is 1-0 with a
7.50 ERA in Omaha.
After a quick start
to the game, the Beavers and Tar Heels started knocking the ball around the
park. It took one hour and 55 minutes to play the first five innings.
lightning… North Carolina did its early damage after two men were out. In
the second, Tim Federowicz singled before Seth Williams stuck his bat out on a
2-2 pitch and placed a grounder just out of the reach of second baseman Chris
Kunda, who ranged towards first. Matt Spencer then singled in Federowicz. In the
third, Chad Flack delivered a two-out single to score Reid Fronk, who had
doubled with one out. Jay Cox then doubled Flack to third before Federowicz
doubled both runners in for a 4-0 lead. In the fourth, Fronk nearly took
reliever Daniel Turpen’s head off with a two-out shot up the middle for another
Meanwhile, Oregon State left two runners on in the first, with Tyler Graham
ripping a shot back up the middle that Robert Woodard speared, and two more in
the third, with Bill Rowe flying out to deep right with two outs. That all
changed when Bill Rowe belted a 2-0 breaking ball 10 rows into the stands in
right for a three-run bomb to put OSU up 7-5.
working from behind… OSU starter Mike Stutes allowed seven hits and four
earned runs before being lifted after three innings. Of the seven hits he
allowed, Stutes fell behind with a first-pitch ball. In the same span, UNC
starter Robert Woodard threw first-pitch strikes to 9 of 12 Beavers. But Woodard
then hit Tyler Graham to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and after a single
by John Wallace, Woodard then walked Chris Kunda to load the bases. After a
two-run double by Shea McFeely, Woodard was pulled from the game.
OSU second baseman
Chris Kunda nearly made a sensational play in the top of the fifth when he laid
full out for a ball up the middle. He was unable to spin and throw from his
knees to get Carolina catcher Tim Federowicz.
Robert Woodard was
touched for two singles to start the game but worked out of the jam by freezing
Cole Gillespie on an inside fastball and snaring Tyler Graham’s hard grounder up
the middle. He threw 20 pitches in the first inning but came back and threw only
four pitches in the second inning, thanks in part to a base-running blunder by
John Wallace. Wallace, who had bunted for a hit to start the inning and moved up
to second on a sacrifice bunt, was caught in no man’s land on a fly ball to Seth
Williams in right. As the wind forced Williams to the line, Wallace strayed off
second, only to race back to tag a moment after Williams made the catch. He was
gunned down at third by Garrett Gore’s relay.
temperature was 79 with a stiff breeze blowing from the left to right.
scored in the first inning of Saturday’s game, it snapped a streak of 20
scoreless innings by Beavers’ pitching. Entering Sunday’s affair, OSU starting
pitchers were 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA and limited opponents to a .197 average after
being roughed up in an 11-1 loss to Miami to open CWS play.
Gillespie hit one homer and drove in 22 runs before this season. The third-round
pick of the Brewers put it together to the tune of a .381 average with 13 homers
and 57 RBI entering Sunday. Simply put, he’s the most potent bat in the Beavers’
lineup. As such, it came as a bit of a surprise when Carolina ace Andrew Miller
didn’t bury a slider in the dirt or trust his mid-90s fastball up in the zone
Saturday night – although that may have been his intention – in the top of the
sixth when Gillespie drilled a shot to the seats in right-center. A couple other
quick hits on Gillespie: he slugs .701, holds an on-base percentage of .498 and
has walked 45 times (hit by pitch 13 times) and struck out 34 times.
Both teams in the
championship series reached new heights this season, setting new marks for wins
in a season.
entered Sunday’s game with a string of 38.1 innings without an error. The
Beavers field .975 as a team, compared to .965 by the Tar Heels.
pitching staff has been the recipient of numerous accolades – and justly so.
Entering Sunday, the Tar Heels boasted a team ERA of 3.27 and limited opponents
to a .236 average. But the Beavers are just as impressive with an ERA of 3.41
and an opponents’ average of .234.