Feb. 19, 2005
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Tyler Graham collected four hits and starter Anton Maxwell retired 21 straight Aggies as Oregon State defeated UC Davis 8-0 in a nonconference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-3 on the season while the Beavers improve to 5-1. The win also gave Oregon State head coach Pat Casey his 300th victory at Oregon State.
Oregon State received all the offense it needed in the second inning as the Beavers strung together three hits and capitalized on two walks and a hit batter by Aggie starter Michael Potter to take a 3-0 lead. One inning later the lead went to 5-0 after a sacrifice fly from Ryan Gipson and an RBI single off the bat off Graham.
The Beavers chased Potter in the middle of the third as the junior lefty went just 2.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four.
Trailing by five, the Aggies uncharacteristically fell apart defensively, committing three errors on the afternoon. The pitching staff, which prides itself on throwing strikes, also struggled as it walked six batters in the game.
UC Davis never mounted a threat as in the first Brandon Oliver led off with a walk and stole second before being stranded as Beaver starter Anton Maxwell send down the next three hitters. UC Davis did not get its next baserunner until Kyle Irving led off the eighth with a single to third base. Maxwell send down 21 straight after the leadoff walk, and left the game one out later after he got Sean Rooney to strikeout looking.
The Aggies put together back-to-back singles in the ninth but stranded the runners on second and third, the only time in the game an Aggie reached third base.
UC Davis collected just three singles on the afternoon, one each from Oliver, Kevin James and Irving. Oregon State had 13 hits on the day, four from Graham and three from Danny Anderson, who also scored four times.
The Aggies are next in action on Sunday when they conclude their Southern California swing with a 10 a.m. contest against the University of San Diego.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
Oregon State (5-1) 032 002 010 - 8 13 0
UC Davis (4-3) 000 000 000 - 0 3 3
WP - Anton Maxwell (1-0). LP - Michael Potter (1-1). Save - None. UC Davis: Michael Potter, Justin Fitzgerald (3), Nik Aurora (6), Paul Gonzales (9) and Tyler LaTorre, David Treat. OSU: Anton Maxwell, Jake McCormick (8), Kurt Steele (9) and Casey Priseman, Billy Munich.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Brandon Oliver, 1-3; Kevin James, 1-1; Kyle Irving, 1-3. OSU: Tyler Graham, 4-4, 3 RBI; Danny Anderson, 3-5, 2B, 4 Runs; Mike Lissman, 2-3, 2B, RBI; Joey Ledesma, 1-1, 2B, 2RBI; Jacoby Ellsbury, 1-4; Darwin Barney, 1-6, RBI; Casey Priseman, 1-2.