Oregon State 6, Washington 5

Ty Kline struck out Mike Wagner with the bases loaded to save the game and give the Oregon State Beavers a 6-5 victory over Washington on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

The Beavers took the final game of the three game Pac-10 series with the Huskies and avoided both a series sweep, after losing the first two games 10-4 and 9-8, and a season sweep against Washington, after losing four consecutive games overall, including back to back 9-5 games in Corvallis in March.

Overall, Oregon State improved to 14-15 and 2-4 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies dropped to 3-3 in conference and 21-10 overall.

Oregon State took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning with Andy Baldwin pitching, but after he yielded a one out double to Brent Lillibridge and had to face Tila Reynolds with Reynolds representing the tying run, coach Pat Casey removed Baldwin and handed the closer's job to Kline.

He got Reynolds to hit a grounder to shortstop Tony Calderon with Lillibridge advancing to third on the play.

The next batter, Greg Isaacson, brought the Huskies to within one run at 6-5 when he grounded a single into left field to score Lillibridge.

Down to their final strike, John Otness kept the inning alive for the Huskies when he singled deep behind second base, and on an errant throw by Calderon, Isaacson advanced to third and Otness to second. Kline then walked the left handed batting Kyle Larsen intentionally as the Beavers preferred to take their chances with the right handed Wagner at the plate.

Kline quickly got two called strikes against Wagner, and after throwing a ball, fanned him swinging to give the Beavers the hard fought come from behind victory.

Washington jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Isaacson doubled and Larsen walked, and both runners scored when Wagner doubled deep over the head of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Beavers cut the Huskies' lead in half on a single by Seth Pietsch, a ground rule double by Chris Biles, and a sacrifice fly to center by Calderon.

The Huskies made it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on Chad Boudon's team leading 10th home run of the season, a towering fly ball that looked like it would just be a can of corn for Pietsch in left field, but the wind helped blow it out for a solo home run.

Then Washington took a 4-1 lead in the fifth on a bases loaded fielder's choice ground out by Larsen.

However, the Beavers battled back, tying the game at 4 with three runs in the top of the seventh. Calderon led off with a single and scored on a double by Ellsbury over the outstretched glove of Boudon in left field.

After Reynolds made a nice running catch on a foul ball by catcher Billy Munich, pinch hitter Levi Webber stroked a single into center to score Ellsbury.

Then with two outs pinch hitter Chris Kunda lined a single down the left field line to score Webber and tie the game.

With their rally, the Beavers overcame a strong effort by Husky starting pitcher Trevor Gibson, who left the game with a no decision despite recording the first five outs of the game via the strikeout and pitching six and one thirds innings overall, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

The Beavers then took the lead against reliever Brian Carter with a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Ellsbury, and then added an insurance run in the ninth due to Carter's wildness. He walked Mark Jackson and Kunda and yielded a single to Andy Jarvis to load the bases.

Then on a 2-0 count to Pietsch, Carter threw a wild pitch, allowing Jackson to score what turned out to be the winning run in the game.

Baldwin earned the win on the mound for Oregon State to up his record to 3-0, pitching three innings in relief of starter Stephen Copeland, allowing a run on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Kline earned his first save of the season, while Carter suffered the loss for Washington to drop to 0-1.

The Huskies resume Pac-10 action with a three game series against Arizona in Tucson from Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13 and then play two non conference games at Kansas State on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16, before returning home to play Hawaii Hilo in another non-conference series on April 21 and 22.

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